Chetumal, Q.R. — The State Secretary of Tourism continues to work on reactivating more flights into the capital city of Chetumal. Bernardo Cueto Riestra says while other airports like Cancun and Cozumel continue to increase their international connectivity, Chetumal is experiencing a slope.
He says that these international route increases depend on airline analysis of profitability.
His comments came after the cancellation of several flights including the American Airlines Miami to Chetumal route and Volaris Chetumal to Guadalajara.
Riestra says the state is in talks with both Mexican and American airlines to show them the tourism and hotel growth which serves as an incentive to establish new agreements.
He said that hotel occupancy in the southern zone grew 30 percent from January to April compared to last year, “and that can be an incentive to improve connectivity from Chetumal to Guadalajara and Monterrey and abroad, not only to Miami but also to Texas.”
As for Mexico airlines, the problem lies in the deficit of planes, “but we hope that by the end of the year they will have more units and can consider the possibility of Chetumal after their analysis of tourist destinations such as Mahahual and Bacalar.”
He said in working with Guadalajara, the state government and the municipality “are creating a work dynamic that had not been done before with airlines to try to achieve air reconnection to the state capital.”
This year, other airport such as Cancun and Cozumel have gained routes. Riestra says Cancun International contiues to average 500 flights a day and has strengthtened its connectivity with the U.S. and Europe, while Cozumel has made progress with Monterrey and Guadalajara routes.
Our pending achievement is Chetumal’s air connectivity with national and foreign destinations, he said.