2013 proved to be a record year for air traffic in Mexico, with reported increases throughout the year that demonstrated beyond a doubt the skyrocketing popularity of what is already one of the world’s most visited destinations. In addition, 2013 saw a record number of new flights headed to Mexico, and 2014 is already showing signs of continuing this trend.
“Mexican airport operator ASUR, which operates Cancun and eight other airports in southern Mexico, said its third quarter profit rose 24.9 percent, boosted by rising passenger traffic,” Reuters reports. “ASUR added that revenue rose by 7.2 percent for the quarter, helped by a 10.7 percent increase in passenger traffic from the year earlier period.”
This trend was consistent throughout 2013, with ASUR (Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste SAB) reporting a more than 10 percent rise in passenger traffic in July, followed by another 10.9 percent increase in the number of international flights in September, compared to the same period in 2012. December saw even more impressive numbers, with a 13.7 percent increase in total passenger traffic.
Along with the growing number of travelers, the number of flights into Mexico will increase dramatically in 2014. Here, we’ve compiled a breakdown of the most notable additions by area.
Cancun / Playa del Carmen / Tulum
Travel Weekly reports that Delta has “beefed up” its seasonal services to Cancun for 2014, launching a new daily flight from Raleigh/Durham in late December that will run through August 16 of this year, as well as offering a year round daily flight from Los Angeles. In addition, Aeromexico will add three weekly flights to the daily service it already operates between New York City and Cancun.
Through May 15, Wisconsin-based charter operator MetJet will launch weekly roundtrip flights originating in Green Bay with a brief stop en route at Southwest Florida Airport in Fort Meyers, reports Travel Weekly.
“We have gotten a lot of people request for us to do some Cancun service,” states Carol Obermeier of Southwest Florida International Airport. “There’s a lot of really good packages in Cancun tying into hotels.”
Internationally, new commercial flights will be available between Dublin, Ireland, and Cancun beginning in early 2014, while Virgin Atlantic is planning to increase weekly flights between Cancun and Manchester, England. In Canada, Sunwing Airlines partnered with Signature Vacations to offer direct weekly flights from Kitchner to Cancun beginning last December. Also of note,Signature Vacations now offers a record number of flights to Cancun through Sunwing Airlines from 17 of Canada’s major airports, totaling an impressive 56 weekly departures.
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American Airlines announced last November that flights between Miami and the Mexican Caribbean island of Cozumel would resume. In addition, the airline will open a new route from Chicago to Cozumel this winter, and will add five more flights from Dallas to the island.
Aeromexico began offering weekly flights every Saturday from Puerto Vallarta to Chicago O’Hare last December and will add Wednesday flights beginning January 29, continuing both until April 26. The Mexican carrier will also offer seasonal weekly service from JFK International Airport to Puerto Vallarta beginning January 18.
On the Canadian front,WestJet began offering direct flights to Puerto Vallarta in late 2014 from the Comox Valley Airport on Vancouver Island, making it possible for passengers to hit the beach in less than half the time it previously required before the new flights were added. In addition, due to the success of direct flights from Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray in Toronto to Puerto Vallarta throughout 2013, Sunwing will once again partner with Signature to offer convenient service for residents living in the area.
Delta and Transatlantic have added new flights to Puerto Vallarta from Lansing, St. Louis, Rockford, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Denver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. All in all, there are more than 130 weekly flights from cities across the US to Puerto Vallarta this winter.
Cabo San Lucas
Southwest Airlines recently announced plans to begin offering non-stop flights three days a week from Austin to Cabo starting June 8, 2014, while new seasonal weekly service from JFK International Airport to Cabo San Lucas will begin January 16.