Air traffic to Mexico is heating up along with the temperatures, with plenty of new flights added and air traffic rising dramatically in early 2013. Travelers can now get to Cancun directly from Belize or the Dominican Republic internationally, and from New Orleans or Dallas in the U.S. In addition, flights are now available from Gatwick and Manchester in the UK to Puerto Vallarta.
Spirit Airlines now offers new direct service to Cancun from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, which already connects travelers with Cabo San Lucas,Mexico. In addition,Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans will now offer direct flights to Cancun every Sunday beginning May 26. In similar news,Tropic Air has inaugurated daily flights to Cancun Sunday through Friday, while Travel Weekly reports that Gol Dominicana plans to launch nonstop flights this June from Santo Domingo’s Las Americas Airport to Cancun, and Thomson and First Choice have introduced two new long haul destinations to be serviced by the new Dreamliner aircraft departing from Gatwick and Manchester International Airports in the UK.
Also of note, according to The Wall Street Journal and ASUR, which is Mexico’s first privatized airport group and operator, total passenger traffic was up more than 8.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2011. In addition,Chicago Rockford International Airport recorded its busiest month ever in March of 2013; due in part to a boost provided by Apple Vacations routes to Cancun, Mexico, according to KWQC, an ABC affiliate in Rockford,Illinois. In fact,Apple Vacations has extended the airport’s service to Cancun due to its strong performance. John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, also reported a significant increase in air traffic in early 2013, with numbers rising by 6.5 percent primarily due to its new service to Mexico, according to a report by the Orange County Register.
Finally, there are other indicators that Mexico’s tourism – and airline – industries are booming. This includes recent news that the nation’s major airlines will jointly invest more than $20 billion to purchase 250 new aircraft from Boeing over the next five years. In addition, Mexican discount carrier Volaris has reportedly made an investment in fuel-efficient aircraft. Its Airbus A320s are now equipped with fuel saving devices that can keep up to 1,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year, per plane.