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American Airlines Announces Record Number Of Flights To Cancun This Winter

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American Airlines is the latest U.S. airline to announce more flights to Cancun this winter as the destination gears up for a record-breaking season. 

American Airlines planes parked on a tarmac in Cancun

The United States’ largest airline has said it plans to operate up to 40 daily flights to the sun-soaked destination this winter to meet growing demand from Americans who can’t seem to get enough of Cancun.

With air travel to Cancun set to soar to new heights this year, here’s the latest on American Airlines’ newest flights to the popular destination.

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Cancun To Be American Airlines’ Flagship International Destination This Winter

U.S. travelers can look forward to a record-breaking number of international flight connections to Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean this year.

With a whopping 18 direct flights to cities across America, Cancun will be the most important destination for American Airlines, which recently announced several new routes to the destination. 

The winter season, which begins around October and lasts until late March, is the busiest time of the year for tropical destinations like Cancun. Around that time, millions of travelers set their sights on the year-round warmth of the Mexican Caribbean as temperatures drop across the United States and Canada. 

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The airline recently revealed its program for the upcoming winter season, which includes two new routes to Cancun.

Starting December 9 this year, American Airlines will begin operating nonstop service from Nashville and Cincinnati to Cancun, providing a major connectivity boost to travelers in those regions. 

In addition to launching new routes, American Airlines will significantly ramp up the frequency of existing routes, adding more flights from Miami, Charlotte, and Austin, with the latter receiving an additional daily flight for a total of two non-stop services. 

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The carrier’s decision to focus heavily on Cancun is no coincidence. The crown jewel of the Mexican Caribbean has seen consistent growth in travel demand since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, with multiple U.S. airlines adding more flights to supply travelers with more connections. 

According to José María Giraldo, American Airlines’ director for Mexico and Central America, Cancun is the most popular international destination for Americans, especially during the winter. In a press release, the executive said the following:

“For the winter 2023 season, Cancun will be the largest international destination for the company, by far exceeding any other city outside of the United States.”

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American Airlines isn’t the only carrier to significantly increase flights to Cancun. Earlier this summer, United Airlines said it will begin operating its Cancun flights using the massive Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft this fall as demand continues to rise.

United will use the aircraft on its Chicago, Denver, and Houston to Cancun flights starting this October.

United Airplane in Cancun, Mexico

Cancun International Airport Sees Uptick In International Air Routes

Cancun International Airport is the leading aerial hub for travelers in Mexico. The coastal destination currently has 123 direct flights to cities around the globe and is responsible for a whopping 40% of all international passenger movements in Mexico. 

American travelers make up the lion’s share of all passengers at Cancun airport, with Canadians representing the second-largest inbound market.

View of a terminal at Cancun International Airport

Cancun International Airport has a total of 40 non-stop routes to cities across the United States and 20 in Canada. Together, the two North American nations make up around 85% of all International passengers in the Mexican Caribbean. 

New improvements in biometric technology as well as the gradual automation of border checks for North American passengers, are expected to further boost travel numbers in the winter.

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