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:
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.
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.
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.