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New Flight Routes to Mexico Announced

13 September, 2012

Bloomberg Business Week online
reported in June that Mexico's tourism ministry has high hopes for the addition
of a multitude of new flights that have recently been announced from Europe,
Australia and Latin America. The new routes are expected to wean Mexico away
from any lingering dependence on U.S. tourism dollars,and the diversification
will likely provide an added boost to the nation's already strong economy.

Mexico's secretary of tourism
Gloria Guevara Manzo told Bloomberg the airlines that are currently scheduled
to add flights into Mexico over the coming summer months include Virgin
Atlantic,Aeromexico,Spanish airline Air Europa,Brazil's TAM and Chile's LAN.
Here are the known details about each of these new routes:

  • Virgin
    Atlantic will begin to offer twice-weekly flights from London-Gatwick to Cancun
    starting in June of 2012. The airline already offers flights to the Riviera
    Maya via the Virgin Holidays vacation package. 
  • Aeromexico
    has announced an aggressive expansion plan that includes the investment of more
    than $1.3 billion dollars in developing new destinations in Mexico. A fleet of
    20 new planes will help Aeromexico expand its domestic routes to include
    Huatulco,Colima and Tepic,while also increasing the number of flights to the
    US,Caracas,Guatemala and Panama.
  • Air Europa
    will begin flying from Madrid-Barajas into Mexico City starting in July of 2011
    and will offer four flights each week. This represents a 20 percent increase in
    the routes to Mexico and will open up 5,000 seats per month.
  • Brazil's
    TAM and Chile's LAN have merged and both plan to expand their reach in Mexico
    this year,announcing a number of new weekly direct flights into Mexico City
    from destinations around the world,including Australia,Chile and Brazil
    starting later in the fall of 2011. 

The Mexico tourism ministry also announced that Mexico has
received nearly 900,000 visitors by air in April of 2011,which is an increase
of almost 4 percent over the same period in 2010.