This week, Mexican airline Aeromar is set to debut its flights connecting Merida, Chetumal, and Cozumel, strengthening air connections throughout the Riviera Maya. These routes are set to bolster tourism ventures in all three destinations, as these cities are often overlooked by major airlines.
Juan Ignacio Rosello, the commercial director of the company, made this statement after the new flights were announced to the public:
“With these new routes, Aeromar consolidates itself as a regional offer option and confirms that the company has concrete development and expansion plans in the short, medium and long term…”.
Aeromar is a Mexican airline founded in 1987, which currently operates a number of domestic flights throughout Mexico, as well as international flights to the US, Guatemala, Honduras, and Cuba. The budget-friendly airline typically operates with ATR 42-500 and 72-600 aircraft, which are perfect for short-haul domestic trips.
In short, these new routes will be essential not only for tourism but also for business affairs and general transport for Mexican citizens looking to visit family or friends in other parts of the state. This was supported by Quintana Roo’s Secretary of Tourism, Bernadro Riestra, who confirmed that the new routes would create growth in opportunity for anyone traveling throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.
Merida has long been a popular destination for travellers to visit within the Mexican-Caribbean: this colonial city, founded in 1524, is steeped in history, offering numerous Mayan archaeological sites for tourists to marvel at, including the UNESCO world-heritage site of Uxmal.
The city is also packed with bustling markets full of local produce, such as Mercado Lucas De Galvez and mercado Santiago – not to mention the vast array of museums and art on display.
There are even plenty of historical haciendas and enchanting cenotes to explore throughout the city, ensuring there is something perfect for every traveler to discover.
Despite being named the 12th best city globally by the world-renowned travel magazine, Travel and Leisure, Merida does not have as many air connections as other major Mexican-Caribbean cities. At this moment in time, Aeromar only provides direct flights from Merida to Chetumal and Cozumel (as well as Havana, Cuba).
The Merida-Cozumel route started operating on September 18th and is set to have four flights per week, arriving at Cozumel International Airport. This island, located just off the eastern coast of Quintana Roo, is the perfect luxurious getaway for travellers in need of some rest and relaxation. Cozumel is also home to some of the most sought-after dive sites in the world, perfect for more adventurous travellers.
This route is expected to be particularly useful for tourists looking to experience a slice of the Mexican-Caribbean over the cold winter months, with flights expected to be booked up throughout November and December.
Additionally, the Merida-Chetumal route began flying on September 19th, with a frequency of 6 flights per week, arriving at Chetumal International Airport. Whilst Chetumal is not as well known as Cancun or Playa del Carmen, it has become increasingly popular over the past few years due to its abundance of exotic animal life.
Chetumal bay is one of the few places in Mexico where tourists can spot the elusive and majestic Manatee, as well as crocodiles. There are also numerous opportunities to snorkel, dive or swim amongst intensely colourful fish and beautiful corals.
Both Aeromar flights from Merida to Cozumel and Chetumal cost 800 Mexican pesos – just $40 USD for a one way flight. Travellers looking to visit either destination are encouraged to book quickly, before tickets sell out for the upcoming winter travel period.
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