Cancun, Q.R. — Alaska Airlines has confirmed the start two new U.S. routes into Cancun. The two routes, they note, are San Diego and Portland, neither of which, had a presence. The flights will begin during the last quarter of this year.
Darío Flota Ocampo, director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council, confirmed that in the case of San Diego, they are contemplating the first flight starting November 20, and a day later, Portland, thus joining the 19 cities that connect to Cancun from the United States.
“We had not had the route from San Diego, so this is good news for the destination at this stage of recovery,” he said adding that “there is good rhythm for destinations to the Mexican Caribbean.”
According to the Tourism Promotion Council in 2019, they had connectivity with 31 U.S. cities, but due to the pandemic, those figures were cut down to just 19. Flota Ocampo says as the situation in the U.S. improves, the other routes will rejoin.
Flota Ocampo also explained that American Airlines has informed them that by October, their routes need to be fully installed. In contrast, the reactivation of flights from Europe, which were expected for September, were again delayed.
“We have had announcements (from them) since July, but they have not been able to make them concrete. Evelop announced the restart of a weekly flight from Spain, however, this was postponed due to the lack of demand,” he said stressing that “only one flight arrived, but it was to return stranded passengers to their country.”
The Tourism Council says as of now, the only news they have regarding European flights is from Airfrance, who announced that on October 3, they will have a Paris to Cancun flight, which they cautioned, is subject to health regulations.