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Mexican Caribbean Destinations Attract Increased International Airline Connectivity

The Mexican Caribbean destinations, now consolidated under one tourism entity, are pleased to announce new direct flights to Cancun and Cozumel International Airports, as well as increased capacity on several existing routes.

After his recent visit to Washington D.C. and a meeting with Airlines for America, Quintana Roo’s Tourism Board director Darío Flota shared the positive news: “Many U.S. airlines flying to Cancun and Cozumel plan to upgrade their Boeing 737 aircraft, which carry 200 people, to the larger 787 and 777 aircraft which carry between 300 and 400 passengers. The increase in passenger capacity is a very encouraging development.”

Airline partners have recently announced the following expansions in air connectivity to Cancun and Cozumel International Airports: Aeromexico: New routes from Quito, Ecuador to Cancun and Minneapolis, USA to Cancun. Air Canada: Starting in December, one weekly flight: Quebec City–Cancun. Air France: Starting in December, two additional flights per week on its existing Paris–Cancun route. American Airlines: New Miami–Cozumel route operating five days of the week. Delta: Four weekly flights from Washington, D.C. to Cancun for this winter season. Interjet: New routes from Medellín, Colombia to Cancun, Lima, Peru to Cancun and Guayaquil, Ecuador to Cancun. Southwest: New routes from Dallas, Austin, Nashville, Milwaukee and San Antonio to Cancun. Also, adding a new route from Houston to Cozumel. Spirit: New routes from Austin, Cleveland, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh to Cancun. Sunwing: Starting in December, a new weekly flight from Waterloo, Canada to Cancun. Swoop: New routes from London, Ontario, Edmonton and Alberta in Canada to Cancun.
Last summer, the Quintana Roo Tourism Board led a strategic roadshow to hold meetings with all major U.S. airline partners to review next winter’s route plans and itineraries programming. These airline partners expressed having an optimistic vision for the upcoming winter season, with increased seating capacity to Cancun and Cozumel.

According to figures from Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR), from January to September 2019, the airports of Cancun and Cozumel received, so far this year, more than 19 million passengers (19,641,978 travelers), representing a 1% growth over the same period in 2018.

The Mexican Caribbean destinations are preparing for a strong winter season thanks to the promotion strategies that have been carried out overseas, resulting in the addition of new flight routes and frequencies, as well as an extensive calendar of upcoming events such as the GFNY Cozumel, Mayakoba Golf Classic, Ironman Cozumel, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Cancun and the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, among others.

With a tourist satisfaction index of 95%, a return rate of 52% and the world’s leading destination in cruise ships, the State of Quintana Roo and its destinations continue to be among the safest, most welcoming and friendly places to visit in the world.

Source: Quintana Roo Tourism Board Statement published 10/23/2019.

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