Mexico will see a dramatic increase in airlift. // © 2017 iStock
The Mexico Tourism Board recently announced the addition of more than 1
million new airline seats for flights to Mexico in 2017. The expansion will
impact direct international flights, which will depart from more than 20
countries. In addition to new routes, more than 25 existing routes will see
additional departure dates, increased capacity or upgraded aircraft.
Participating airlines from the Western U.S. and Canada include Aeromexico,
Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines,
Interjet, Southwest Airlines, Virgin America and Volaris.
Why It Matters:
With its many charms, Mexico is a favorite destination among travelers in
the West. While increased frequency and capacity on these direct flights
will give Mexico a boost in international visitors, it will also provide
even more options to the advisors who book them.
- Mexico has seen tourism grow 10 percent annually since 2013, which is
double the global rate.
- Tourism in Mexico has grown from 24 million international tourists in
2013 to a projected 35 million for 2016, making the country the ninth
most-visited country in the world, according to the World Tourism
- The following airlines are establishing new routes to Mexico in 2017:
Aeromexico, Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways,
American Airlines, Condor & Neckermann, Delta Air Lines, Edelweiss Air,
Finnair, Interjet, Southwest Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, TUI Poland, United
Airlines, Virgin America, Viva Colombia and Volaris.
- The tourism's board tourism strategy also includes a focus on expanded
products and personalized marketing campaigns focusing on luxury, weddings
and romance, diving, nature, culture, gastronomy, events, sports and
- The country has a goal of reaching 50 million international visitors by
What They're Saying:
"This expansion includes service to Mexico from many new international
cities to multiple Mexico destinations, which is part of our strategy of
international market diversification," said Lourdes Berho, CEO of the
Mexico Tourism Board. "We are delighted to see our airline industry
partners continue to recognize this momentum and further expand their
connectivity. While the 2016 Mexico tourism numbers are still being
finalized, it's clear that we will have another record-setting year of
industry-leading growth in terms of international visitors to Mexico."