The Mexico Tourism Board announced in late January that the country’s international air connectivity will continue to grow at a record pace in 2017, prompting global airlines to add new routes, additional flights on existing routes and to upgrade planes to larger, more modern models with larger capacities.
“As of January 2017, airline partners have announced the addition of more than 1,000,000 new seats scheduled [this year] on international direct flights to Mexico from more than 20 countries,” wrote Yahoo! Finance.
Since 2013, international tourism in Mexico has grown at an average rate of at least 10%, which is double the global industry average. According to the World Tourism Organizagtion (WTO), during this time Mexico grew from hosting 24 million international tourists each year, to at least 35 million people in 2016, pushing Mexico from the 15th to the 9th most-visited country in the world. This impressive and sustained growth rate is prompting the new flights and additional seats.
“This expansion includes service to Mexico from many new international cities to multiple Mexico destinations, which is part of our strategy of international market diversification,” stated Lourdes Berho, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board. “We are delighted to see our airline industry partners continue to recognize this momentum and further expand their connectivity. While the 2016 Mexico tourism numbers are still being finalized, it’s clear that we will have another record-setting year of industry-leading growth in terms of international visitors to Mexico.”
International Cities Plan New Flights & Routes to Mexico
Of course, Mexico has much to offer global travelers beyond the obvious sun, sand and surf, including unlimited biodiversity, delicious cuisine, unparalleled natural beauty, unbeatable luxury, high-profile events like PGA golf and Formula 1 races, unique cultural traditions and much more. More people are also interested in buying a house in Mexico, living in Mexico and making money in Mexico through real estate and other types of investments than ever before, which is adding to the need for more flights and bolstering Mexico’s economy.
Mexico’s growing popularity among international travelers of all ages and interests is perhaps most apparent in the massive commitment from existing and new airline partners, who are working to establish additional routes from new cities around the world, while also expanding the number of destinations in Mexico that are served.
Here’s a list of the new flights to Mexico as of January 2017:
- Aeromexico: Amsterdam to Mexico City, Austin to Mexico City, Calgary to Mexico City, Detroit to Mexico City, Detroit to Monterrey, Seoul Incheon to Mexico City and Vancouver to Mexico City.
- Air Canada Rouge: Vancouver to Cancun.
- Air Transat: Vancouver to Los Cabos.
- Alitalia: Rome to Mexico City.
- All Nippon Airways (ANA): Tokyo Narita to Mexico City.
- American Airlines: Dallas to Merida, Los Angeles to Cancun, Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, and Miami to Merida.
- Condor & Neckermann: Warsaw to Cancun.
- Delta Airlines: Los Angeles to Los Cabos.
- Edelweiss Air: Zurich to Cancun.
- Finnair: Helsinki to Puerto Vallarta.
- Interjet: Chicago to Mexico City, Dallas to Mexico City, Las Vegas to Mexico City, Los Angeles to Cancun, Los Angeles to Guadalajara and Los Angeles to Mexico City.
- Southwest Airlines: Los Angeles to Cancun, Los Angeles to Los Cabos, Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Oakland to Los Cabos and Oakland to Puerto Vallarta.
- Sunwing Airlines: Winnipeg to Mazatlan.
- TUI Poland: Warsaw to Cancun.
- United Airlines: Chicago to Mexico City.
- Virgin America: Los Angeles to Cancun, Los Angeles to Los Cabos and Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta.
- Viva Colombia : Medellin to Cancun
- Volaris: Austin to Guadalajara, Denver to Monterrey, Houston to Mexico City, Los Angeles to Durango, Miami to Guadalajara, Miami to Mexico City, Milwaukee to Guadalajara, New York JFK to Mexico City, Phoenix to Culiacan, San Francisco to Mexico City and Seattle to Guadalajara.
Mexico Gets More Flights and Better Planes
In addition to the above list of new routes that have been established for flights to Mexico in 2017, anyone living in Mexico or planning to visit this year will be glad to know there are also more than 25 routes that will increase the frequency of flights and/or operate upgraded aircrafts this year. This will add to the greater capacity and will improve the overall traveler experience while also making travel into and out of Mexico even more convenient.
This includes the recently announced Aeromexico 787-9, which will fly between Mexico City and London, as well as Paris and Madrid in 2017. The plane features a variety of improved cabin comforts, a delicious business-class menu created by internationally-acclaimed chef Enrique Olvera and a 20 percent reduction in overall carbon emissions. In addition, Air France has begun new service to Mexico City and Cancun from Paris on its flagship A380, which is the first aircraft of its kind to regularly fly to Mexico.
To enhance the experience of everyone traveling to or living in Mexico, the Tourism Board is focused on a strategy that includes developing a variety of new products and personalized campaigns directed at specific areas and audience segments, including destination weddings, as well as those who may be interested in retirement in Mexico, cultural offerings, diving trips, sporting events, culinary pursuits and much more. So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to plan a trip and come see why everyone is excited about what Mexico has to offer!