Houston, Mexico City flights canceled as Merida airport slows down

1,500 fewer passengers expected as travelers take coronavirus precautions

Merida International Airport will lose its flight to Houston, and many CDMX routes, for the time being. Photo: Flickr
Merida International Airport will lose its flight to Houston, and many CDMX routes, for the time being. Photo: Flickr

Merida, Yucatan — Six national flights and at least one international route have been dropped as a contingency measure against coronavirus.

Most flights to Mexico City and Villahermosa have ended, and United’s flight to Houston — a major expat gateway — has disappeared from the airline’s online booking site after Tuesday. Cancun, an over-four-hour-drive away, remains a viable alternative for Merida travelers.

The flight cancellations will create a drop of up to 1,500 passengers a day at Merida’s Manuel Cresciencio Rejón International Airport, which generally manages a flow of 6,000 travelers every 24 hours.

This will make it easier to monitor those passengers who still arrive. All travelers pass through health screenings, including a fever check.

Airlines might cancel yet more flights this week, said an airport administrator who echoed a general call to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel.

Merida International Airport works with 12 airlines, of which two are international.

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