Last updated on April 2, 2021
Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — After the reopening of tourist destinations in the Mexican Caribbean on June 8, the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council (CPTQ), led by Darío Flota Ocampo, continues to carry out actions aimed at the recovery of tourism to achieve a greater economic reactivation as soon as possible.
In a press conference, Flota Ocampo highlighted the recent announcements by some airlines in the United States, Canada and Europe to either increase and / or resume flights to Cancun and Cozumel.
“The increase in the number of scheduled flights from December to April, which is our winter season, to the airports of Cancun and Cozumel is the result of joint efforts during the months of June, July and August,” he explained.
Accompanied by the General Coordinator of Communication and State Government Spokesperson Carlos Orvañanos Rea, Darío Flota added, “we have focused on sharing with the airlines the health and safety protocols and guidelines that have been implemented in the state which earned us the Safe Travels Seal of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
“We have informed them about our state epidemiological light and the measures that are implemented from the arrival at airports and hotels in order to give them as much information as possible about what travelers can expect at our destinations,” explained Flota Ocampo.
At the press conference, he announced that in August, Sun Country will began a flight from Minneapolis with a Saturday frequency that will increase to one daily during the winter season.
American Airlines also announced an increase in its air connectivity to the Mexican Caribbean starting the winter season with Saturday routes from Kansas City and San Luis, Missouri and Columbus, Ohio and daily flights from Raleigh-Durham.
Other routes will include a debut from Indianapolis, Indiana with a weekly frequency, while flights from Charlotte, North Carolina will increase to four daily and from Dallas to eight daily flights.
Frontier Airlines has also recently begun a St. Louis, Missouri to Cancun route three times a week.
Southwest Airlines, which currently flies from Baltimore, Denver and Houston to Cancun, announced that starting in November, they will include the Chicago Midway route and in December, the routes of Austin, Texas and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Alaska Airlines will launch two new routes starting in November from San Diego, California and Portland, Oregon. Spirit Airlines says that this month, a new route from Detroit will arrive on a weekly basis and in October, they will debut flights from Cleveland and Philadelphia.
JetBlue announced that by mid-November, routes from Los Angeles, Newark and San Francisco will arrive in Cancun with two daily frequencies, while the routes from Raleigh-Durham and Tampa will have one daily flight.
As for air connectivity from Canada, the low-cost airline Swoop will resume its flights to Cancun from October 25, with four weekly frequencies from Toronto, increasing to five in February. WestJet also announced the return of Calgary flights starting in October, in addition to the Toronto route that has been operating since July.
Air connectivity from Europe returns to the Mexican Caribbean via Lufthansa with the flight departing from Frankfurt, Germany to Cancun on October 1. In addition, the airlines Air France and Edelweiss announced flights from Paris-Cancun and Zurich-Cancun, respectively, starting October 3.
The Cancun International Airport maintains an average of 200 daily operations of which 100 are arrival flights.
An increase in activity is also expected at the Cozumel International Airport. American Airlines confirmed the return of the Miami-Cozumel route as of October 8, flying Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
On the 10th of the same month, a Satruday direct flight from Charlotte will restart on a weekly basis. Toward the last quarter of the year, the route from Dallas will increase to two frequencies and in November, the Chicago-Cozumel flight will restart.
Canada will connect the island via WestJet with a route from Toronto. Air Canada will reconnect Cozumel with a route also from Toronto beginning on December 25, while Air Transat will connect from Montreal.
Regarding domestic flights, Volaris announced that they will restart operations from Mexico City to Cozumel on October 2 with two weekly frequencies.