Cancun, Q.R. — The first Turkish Airlines flight arrived at the Cancun International Airport via Mexico City Thursday, opening a new market into the country.
The new flights are scheduled to land in Cancun every Monday, Thursday and Saturday on a 300-passenger 787-9 Dreamliner.
Marisol Vanegas Pérez, secretary of the Ministry of Tourism of the state said that this flight is important because the Istanbul airport is one of the main airports in Europe, connecting the Mexican Caribbean with Middle Eastern countries.
“The most important reason why this flight has great relevance is because it is one of the main airports in Europe. It connects us with Pakistan. It connects us with other places where, if tourists wanted to visit us, it would take many more hours, but now, this directness will take less time. It is an important airport for all of Europe and the Middle East,” she said.
“While the flight initially arrives in Mexico City, we have the opportunity to have Mexico City to Cancun and from Cancun directly to Istanbul, so we would be receiving no less than 30 percent of the 300-passenger flight three times a week,” she added.
Currently, the state of Quintana Roo receives between 7,000 and 8,000 Turkish tourists per year, however, people from other Middle East countries were few due to the lack of direct flights.