Multiple airlines add flights to Cancun as tourism continues to rise

Quintana Roo welcomed more than 7 million international tourists in the first half of 2018, an increase of 8 percent. Photo: Quintana Roo Tourism Board
Quintana Roo welcomed more than 7 million international tourists in the first half of 2018, an increase of 8 percent. Photo: Quintana Roo Tourism Board

Cancun, Q. Roo — The region’s global air connectivity continues to grow with new, direct international flights to the Cancun International Airport as well as increased capacity on several existing routes, the Quintana Roo Tourism Board announced.

Airlines recently announced the following new routes and upgrades to Cancun:

  • Aeromexico: New route from Medellin, Colombia
  • Copa Airlines: Upgrading to larger 737 aircraft on its existing Panama City route
  • Frontier Airlines: New routes Raleigh-Durham and Las Vegas
  • GOL Airlines: New route from Brasilia, Brazil
  • Southwest Airlines: New routes from Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, and San Antonio
  • WestJet: New routes from Calgary, Saskatoon and Vancouver

“This continued increase in international air connectivity demonstrates the growing demand for Quintana Roo’s tourism destinations and high-quality attractions,” said Dario Flota Ocampo, CEO of the Quintana Roo Tourism Board. “These recent expansions offer millions of travelers in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Colombia new direct flights to Quintana Roo and its destinations, and we will continue to work closely with global airline partners to pursue new routes and in joint marketing initiatives.”

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Last month, the Quintana Roo Tourism held a series of planning meetings with senior representatives of United Airlines in Chicago, American Airlines in Dallas and Delta Air Lines in Atlanta.

The airlines expressed continued commitment to serving Mexico, which for many is their largest international market outside the U.S., and specifically to their desire to continue to grow their business serving Quintana Roo’s International airports in Cancun and Cozumel, according to a tourism board statement.

The state of Quintana Roo welcomed more than 7 million international tourists in the first half of 2018, an increase of 8 percent compared to the same period the previous year. Through August of 2018, nearly 3 million U.S. travelers visited Quintana Roo by air, putting its destinations on track to beat last’s year’s total of 4 million visitors.

Mexico is now the sixth most-visited country in the world, with 39.3 million international visitors in 2017.

Source: Quintana Roo Tourism Board

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