Sunday, June 23, 2024

WestJet to add new flights from Vancouver to Mexico’s beaches

Canadian carrier WestJet has announced its winter schedule out of Vancouver, featuring six beach destinations in Mexico.  

Departing from Vancouver International Airport, the new routes include Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo (starting in December), Mazatlán (starting in November), and Huatulco (starting in October), with additional flights in the updated schedule for Cancún, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. 

WestJet Boeing 737-800NG
The new flights mean a 14% increase in capacity from Vancouver to Mexico. (Martin Kulcar/Wikimedia)

“We are thrilled to bring more opportunities for our guests across B.C.’s Lower Mainland, to seamlessly connect to their favorite destinations across Mexico this winter,” said WestJet Vice-President Chris Avery.

According to WestJet, its winter schedule will see a 14% increase in capacity from Vancouver to Mexico, more than any other airline flying from Canada’s second-busiest airport. 

Starting in December, WestJet passengers in the Greater Vancouver Area can also fly out of Abbotsford International Airport to Puerto Vallarta and San José del Cabo.  

Mexico is one of the most popular winter destinations for Canadians, and is the second largest source of tourists to Mexico, after the United States. Mexico saw 3.6 million international tourists via air during the final two months of the 2022-23 winter season – an increase of 135.3% compared to 2022. Of these, 656,293 arrived from Canada. 

 With reports from Simple Flying and Canada ETA

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