At least five new routes have been announced between the U.S. and Mexico real estate over the last few weeks,including service provided by Delta Air Lines,Volaris Airlines,AirTran,Spirit Airlines and United Airlines.
Delta Airlines will resume its seasonal flights to Cancun,Mexico,from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks near Hartford,Connecticut. Since 2008 the carrier has provided seasonal service to this major vacation hotspot,offering weekly nonstop flights departing Saturday mornings and returning later that same evening.
Mexico-based Volaris Airlines began service between Denver,Colorado,and Mexico City in early December,providing the only year round service between these two cities. The Denver Post reported that since the North America Free Trade Agreement was signed in 1994,trade with Mexico has tripled.
“The reason these flights are important is because they facilitate relations,both economic and cultural,as well as travel and tourism,” shared Paul Washington,who is the economic development director for the city of Denver.
Just four months after beginning service between Orange County’s John Wayne Airport and Cabo San Lucas,AirTran announced it will add a second daily departure to this popular and easily accessible destination by June of 2013.
“It’s been a very strong market,” spokesman Brad Hawkins told the Orange County Register. “The additional daily flight is in anticipation of Southwest and AirTran offering connecting service between the two airlines next year.”
NASDAQ reported that Spirit Airlines also began daily nonstop service from San Diego to Cabo this year,cementing Mexico’s importance as a top travel destination for U.S. visitors. In addition to servicing San Diego,this new route will also make it much easier for travelers from Portland,Oregon,to connect to Cabo,thanks to a new daily nonstop service between Portland and San Diego.
Finally,United Airlines announced that it will begin offering nonstop service four days each week between Austin,Texas,and Cancun,Mexico. The flights will be available through Feb. 3,2013.