Twice-weekly flights from London's Gatwick Airport to Cancun,Mexico,are scheduled to begin by June of 2012. Virgin Atlantic Airways will provide the service and estimates that at least 94,000 travelers will book flights in the first year. The airway plans to allow customers to begin booking flights starting in mid-July of 2011. In addition,flights are already available to Cancun real estate via the Virgin Holidays vacation package.
Also of note,the new route from London to Cancun is expected to bring an additional $25 million in tourism revenue to Mexico in the first year alone. The figure was based on the amount of money typically spent on a two-week vacation in Cancun. The new service will also likely create an additional 650 jobs in Mexico's tourism sectors.
“We are so pleased to be launching flights to Cancun next year. Many customers have asked us to fly direct to this exciting destination over the years,” said Sir Richard Branson,president of Virgin Atlantic. “With its superb beaches,great hotels and cultural sites,tourism in Cancun is thriving. We believe that we can drive demand ever higher by providing great competition to our rivals with our award-winning product and service,” stated Branson. “Cancun is one of the top five long-haul leisure destinations for UK travelers,so we are delighted to be able to add this route to network.”
Boeing 747-400s will provide the flight service and each plane is equipped with 14 upper class suites,58 premium economy seats and 379 economy seats.
“We’re delighted to be increasing our Mexico product and are looking forward to supporting the new route by launching our first ever dedicated brochure to the country in July,featuring a wide range of hotels in Cancun and beyond,” said Amanda Wills,managing director of Virgin Holidays.