Cancun, Q.R. — On Monday, Cancun International celebrated the return of Spanish flights with the arrival of Evelop. The plane landed in Cancun after departing Madrid hours earlier. The Airbus 350 taxied down the runway for the first time in nearly a year after the disruption due to the pandemic.
State officials were on site to welcome the return of the flight. “The return of this route means not only the increase in connections with Europe to the Mexican Caribbean, but also the take-off of our destinations towards a successful tourist recovery that is taking place thanks to the trust and certainty that is generated with the practice of hygiene protocols and the commitment of all tourism service providers in the state,” said the general director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council, Darío Flota Ocampo.
In 2019, Spain generated the second largest European tourism sector for Riviera Maya, with summer months being the highest in demand.
Juan Carlos García, director of receptivos Caribe de Ávoris, the travel division of Barceló Group said “We are delighted to resume operations between Madrid and Cancun, a much-loved destination with which we have been working for countless time and that for the tourists and travelers from Spain, is a guaranteed enjoyable vacation of exceeded expectations.
“For this reason, we hope to return to normal in the shortest possible time, overcoming this pause to which we have been forced due to circumstances.”
The director of the Cancun International Airport, Carlos Trueba Coll also commented, saying “almost a year after the regular air operations between Mexico and Spain were suspended, today we are pleased to receive this Iberojet flight with which we resume reception of Spanish visitors to the Mexican Caribbean.
“The historic affiliate relationship between Spain and Mexico is strengthened at the same time that a firm step forward is taken in the economic recovery of our countries. Welcome Iberojet!”
Iberojet is the new brand that the two Ávoris airlines, the Barceló Group’s travel division, Evelop and Orbest.