Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Stay in the know about the flurry of new flights to Mexico

Since Mexico regained its FAA Category 1 safety rating in September, Mexican airlines have rushed to announce new flights to the United States and the increased demand has also led to new route announcements in Mexico from U.S. and Canadian carriers. 

Here is a roundup of the latest flight announcements.

Frontier Airlines
There have been many new flight announcements as airlines look to establish new routes between Mexico and the United States. (Shutterstock)

New flights announced to date by Mexican airlines

In the last month, Mexican airlines have announced 28 new routes to the U.S. 

Aeroméxico has 17 new routes from seven Mexican airports to the United States: 

  • Monterrey – Atlanta, Salt Lake City, New York and Los Ángeles
  • León – Atlanta and Detroit
  • Querétaro – Atlanta and Detroit
  • Mérida – Atlanta
  • Mexico City – Detroit, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C., Boston
  • Guadalajara – Atlanta and Detroit
  • Felipe Ángeles in Mexico City – McAllen and Dallas

Low-cost carrier Viva Aerobus has announced 11 new routes to the U.S.:

  •  León – Dallas Fort Worth
  • Torreón – San Antonio
  • Querétaro – Houston San Antonio
  • Mérida – Orlando Miami
  • Monterrey – Denver, Austin, Orlando, Miami and San Francisco

Volaris has yet to confirm new flights to the United States but has applied for 33 new routes, the biggest number of any domestic airline. 

Volaris plane in Mexico City
Volaris, Mexico’s largest airline, is yet to confirm the 33 new routes for which it has applied. (Octavio Hoyos/Shutterstock)

New flights and capacity announced to date by U.S. and Canadian airlines

U.S. carriers have already announced a number of new flights, largely to popular tourist destinations.

American Airlines will increase its offer to 40 daily flights between Cancún and major cities in the U.S. making Cancún the second most-served international destination from the U.S. with an average of 127 flights per day during the wintertime.

United Airlines comes in second closely followed by Southwest. Frontier Airlines also recently expanded its winter schedule to include Cancún.

Outside of Cancún, Delta Airlines will be the first U.S. airline to offer direct flights to the new Tulum International Airport (TQO) starting in March 2024.

Canadian carrier Flair Airlines will be offering three weekly flights between Calgary and Cancún, and Air Canada is resuming direct flights between Toronto and Huatulco starting Oct. 29.

WestJet also serves Huatulco from Calgary, Winnipeg and Edmonton and will be offering flights out of Vancouver this winter to six different beach destinations in Mexico: Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mazatlán, Huatulco, Cancún, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.

Delta B757-200
Delta is the first U.S. airline to offer flights to the new Tulum Airport in Quintana Roo. (Delta Airlines)

What’s next? 

The Mexican government expects national airlines to add a total of over 50 new flights between Mexico and the U.S. in the near future.  

“There will be more flights between both nations, which will strengthen air connectivity; [greater] competition will be encouraged and the quality of services for travelers will improve,” the Infrastructure, Communications and Transport Minister Jorge Nuño Lara said in a statement after the recovery of the Category 1 rating.

He also added that he believes that “more competitive” ticket prices are also on the horizon thanks to increased competition.

With reports from Simple Flying

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