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June 19, 2018

Air Travel: More Flights to Mexico

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A number of new flights to Mexico lead this week's air travel news in the meetings and events industry.

Low-Cost Carrier to Launch Flights Between New York, Mexico City

A low-cost carrier is set to launch new flights between Mexico City and New York City’s JFK Airport. Viva Aerobus will begin operating the new daily route October 18 with prices starting from $99.

Viva Aerobus said it will offer passengers more than 132,000 seats during the first year of operation of this new route. The move also strengthens the airline’s presence in Mexico City, a destination in which it has reported an 18 percent growth in the first four months of the year and from where it already flies to 20 destinations, two of them international: Las Vegas and, now, New York City.

With this new route, the airline offers a total of 92 routes to 40 destinations, seven of them international. Thus far in 2018, Viva Aerobus has announced seven new routes and, by the end of this year, it will have started operations on at least 12 new flights, the airline said.

Over 1.5 Million Seats Added on Direct Flights to Mexico This Year

The new flight is the latest expansion to Mexico’s airlift. The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) reports that the country has added 1.5 million seats on direct flights this year, which is expected to result in nearly 30 million seats by the end of this year. Mexico welcomed 10.6 million tourists in the first quarter of 2018, a record-breaking number representing a 12.6 percent increase compared to the 9.4 million documented international visitor arrivals during the same period in 2017.

Mexico is now the sixth-most visited country in the world with 39.3 million international visitors in 2017, of which 18.6 million traveled by air. Tourism revenue also grew by 7.2 percent in the first quarter of 2018 over the same period in 2017, reaching $6.2 billion. Mexico's commitment to increasing air connectivity to match consumer demand has led to investments in developing partnerships with airlines, hotels, and the tourism industry, diversifying tourism products, and promoting new and established destinations.

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