Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Increase Of More Than 1.5 Million New Seats Scheduled On Direct Flights To Mexico In 2018

The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) announced today that Mexico's global air connectivity continues its growth trajectory with the addition of 1.5 million seats on direct flights to Mexico in 2018. The increase in air connectivity is expected to result in nearly 30 million seats by the end of the year to accommodate travel demand to Mexico's top tourist destinations. Mexico welcomed 10.6 million tourists in the first quarter of 2018, a record-breaking number representing a 12.6% increase compared to the 9.4 million documented international visitor arrivals during the same period in 2017.
Exponential tourism and business growth
 prompt increase in air connectivity to the  
world's 6th most visited country

Mexico is now the 6th most visited country in the world with 39.3 million international visitors in 2017, of which 18.6 million travelled by air. Tourism revenue also grew by 7.2% in the first quarter of 2018 over the same period in 2017, reaching $6.2 billion. Mexico's strong commitment to increasing air connectivity to match consumer demand has led to investments in developing close partnerships with airlines, hotels, and the tourism industry, diversifying tourism products, promoting new and established destinations, and offering travellers Mexico's world-famous friendliness, hospitality and first-class service.

"Increasing air connectivity is a critical component of our tourism growth strategy," said Enrique de la Madrid, Secretary of Tourism. "The expansion of air routes not only offers visitors from all corners of the globe better access to all that Mexico has to offer, it also solidifies Mexico's appeal to the business sector. Mexico is a world of its own, and the demand for access to its beaches, vibrant cities and magical towns is a winning proposition for the airline industry."

As part of its connectivity strategy, Mexico is aiming to strengthen its tourism source market diversification, increasing the number of tourist arrivals from China, Japan, South Korea, the Middle East and India. Several new routes like Hainan Airlines first-ever service from Beijing to Mexico City via Tijuana and Emirates Airlines service between Dubai and Mexico City via Barcelona will make Mexico more accessible to travellers across the globe.

Mexico is continuing to prioritize and grow global partnerships to accommodate the increased international popularity with a host of new air routes, including:

North America

Boston to Mexico City
Calgary to Mexico City
Chicago to Guadalajara
Chicago to León
Detroit to León
New York to Mexico City
Philadelphia to Mexico City
Sacramento to Los Cabos
Salt Lake City to Guadalajara
San Diego to Puerto Vallarta
San Francisco to Cancún
San Francisco to Guadalajara
San Jose to Los Cabos
Vancouver to Mexico City


Helsinki, Finland to Puerto Vallarta

Asia / Middle East

Beijing to Mexico City via Tijuana
Dubai to Mexico City via Barcelona

The introduction of the 16 new direct routes in Mexico will contribute to the 1.5 million new seats on direct flights. 
Mexico's domestic carriers accounted for over half of the capacity increases, led by:  

Vivaaerobus, 318.2% increase
Interjet, 19.8% increase
Aeromexico, 7.4% increase

International carriers from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, added to the growth in seats, including:

Eurowings, 107% increase
Edelweiss Air, 79.7% increase
Air Canada, 22.1% increase
Spirit Airlines, 21.4% increase
Westjet, 19.6% increase
JetBlue Airways, 16% increase
Thomas Cook Airlines, 14.8% increase
Iberia, 11.5% increase
Avianca, 9.7% increase
Air Transat, 8.8% increase
Aerolíneas Argentinas, 8.4% increase
LATAM Airlines, 7.8% increase
Air France, 6.2% increase
Alaska Airlines, 4.6% increase
Copa Airlines, 3.8% increase

For more information go to www.visitmexico.com