Cancun, Q.R. – More than one million new international seats have been added to Mexico’s direct flight routes for this year.
The announcement came from the Mexico Tourism Board who say that airlines from more than 20 countries are adding new routes or more flights to existing routes. They say several airlines are also upgrading their aircrafts to larger capacities to meet the ever-increasing travel demand to Mexico.
Lourdes Berho, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board explains, “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. We are delighted to see our airline industry partners continue to recognize this momentum and further expand their connectivity.”
In addition to the new routes, an excess of 25 existing airline companies have confirmed they are adding more flights or upgraded airplanes to meet demand.
Since 2013, Mexico’s international tourism has grown at an annual average rate of 10 percent, a figure that is more than double that of the global industry average. Statistics also show that during the 2013 season, 24 million international travelers landed in Mexico, a number that has increased to 35 million as of 2016.
According to UNWTO, these new industry figures have bumped Mexico from 15th to 9th place being the most visited country in the world.
Airlines involved in the Mexico route increases include Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, AeroMexico, Alitalia, Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Edelweiss Air, Finnair, Interjet, Southwest Airlines, TUI Poland, United Airlines, Virgin America, Viva Colombia and Volaris who have added new routes from New York, Houston, Miami, Phoenix, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Austin and Denver to various parts of Mexico.
Air France has already begun operating its new Paris to Mexico City and Paris to Cancun route.