Following a record year for air traffic in 2013 and the addition of hundreds of new flights to Mexico already announced for 2014,airport operators report there has already been a significant spike in passenger traffic figures this year.
Passenger travel by air to Mexico from the U.S. in February alone totaled more than 2.1 million passengers,which was an impressive 13 percent of the total international air traffic from the U.S. that month. This number represents an increase of 13.7 percent from the same period in 2013. In addition,Mexican airport operator ASUR,which operates the Cancun International Airport and eight others in southern Mexico,announced that its total passenger traffic rose by 7.1 percent in February,compared to one year ago.
This represents a growing trend that is showing no signs of slowing down,as shown by the additional new flights listed below.
Cancun/Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya/Tulum
As the gateway to Mexico’s Riviera Maya,the Cancun International Airport is one of the nation’s most important hubs for international travel. Southwest Airlines announced new nonstop service to Cancun beginning Aug. 10 from Atlanta,Baltimore/Washington and Milwaukee,while Delta will also begin providing new flights to Cancun from Atlanta and from Raleigh/Durham through Aug. 16. Direct weekly flights will also be available to Cancun from the Region of Waterloo International Airport in Kitchner,Canada,throughout the winter and spring,while Air Canada will provide additional service from Toronto and Montreal to the Cancun region,representing a 22 percent increase in the total number of seats available compared to last year.
New flights to Cancun provided by Apple Vacations began taking off from the Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport in early Feb. and will continue until at least April 19,while Vacation Express has teamed up with Aeromexico to begin providing weekly nonstop flights from Memphis to Cancun from May 19-Aug. 4. In addition,American Airlines offers service to Cancun from Chicago,Dallas/Fort Worth,Los Angeles and New York (JFK). Finally,low-cost Volaris Airlines will now provide new routes from Cancun to 15 locations throughout Mexico,including San Luis Potosi,Hermosillo,Mexicali and Veracruz.
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Cabo San Lucas
American Airlines now offers nonstop flights to Cabo from Chicago,Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles,while Southwest has announced that it will begin offering new flights to Cabo San Lucas from Orange County,Calif.,in August and from Denver in October. To meet rising demand,the Lambert St. Louis International Airport increased its service to Cabo this Feb. and plans to continue offering the additional flights through at least April.
American Airlines will also provide weekly nonstop service from Chicago,Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta,rounding out a total of more than 20 destinations and 360 nonstop weekly flights to Mexico that are part of the airline’s current offerings. Finally,Lambert St. Louis International Airport began providing additional flights to Puerto Vallarta this February through Frontier Airlines.