Stewart International Airport began the first of ten flights per week into Cancun in early February 2011,and has reported that almost all flights are completely sold out already. Cancun is one of the most popular destinations in all of Mexico. Bruce Wilson,the senior sales manager with Apple Vacations,spoke about the new flights in an interview with the Times Herald-Record,stating that Cancun is the ideal place to escape the cold winter weather and that many Americans,including celebrities,flock south each year to enjoy relaxing on the warm beaches.
The local airport,which serves New York and New Jersey,is thrilled with the response to their brand new flights going directly to the popular city of Cancun in Mexico. Located in Hudson Valley in the glamorous Orange County area,Stewart is a small but popular airport providing a convenient alternative to the larger airports in the region.
Wilson stated that thanks to the weather,the flights look set for “clear sailing” into the foreseeable future. The direct connection means that passengers will arrive in the midst of Cancun real estate in less than three hours from the New York area. Once in Mexico they can enjoy high temperatures in the upper 70s and 80s. These conditions will come as a welcome relief to those escaping the snow back at home.
The Stewart flights into Cancun have already proven to be highly popular,and not just with locals. Passengers from other areas have also been booking seats. For example,Westchester County and Albany passengers have been boarding flights at Stewart,which makes flying into Cancun much simpler when compared with the flights offered from their local airports. The other seats have been snapped up by tourists who are travelling from Binghampton and Connecticut cities like Hartford.
The new flights are expected to attract even more passengers who have not yet discovered the Stewart Airport and have until now only thought of using the major New York City airports. The airport has seen a constant interest in the sales of tickets for the flights into Cancun since they began.
With all of the cold,snow and storms that have been plaguing the region during the winter months,the popularity of the flights has increased. Wilson stated that the spikes in sales were due to people looking to escape the weather that comes with living in the Northwest.
The flights have been so popular that The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has told the press that the flight booked for February 19th is completely sold out. The Allegiant planes can hold 150 passengers and so far have been completely sold out.
The inaugural flight left Stewart airport recently at 8:00 in the morning and was given a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Port Authority upon departure. Jennifer Friedberg,a spokeswoman for The Port Authority,said that they are looking forward to even more international charters and flights in the future. Apple might be a part of that plan and Wilson is hopeful that the Cancun flights are the start of more things to come.