Increase in Flights and Travel Uptick Fuel Industry Growth
Cancun and the state of Quintana Roo is anticipating an impressive start to 2022, with an estimated 6.1 million travelers to the region expected in the first four months.
If these numbers are to be achieved, the region would have equalled three quarters of the total number of visitors in the whole of 2020. The figures are exciting for the tourism industry in Mexico, especially in the face of the Omicron variant that is currently shutting down borders and closing cities across the world.
The drastic surge in travel is partly thanks to the natural pent up demand for tourism in the gradually loosening post-pandemic world, but also thanks to a massive increase in flights to the region.
Just in the last week, American Airlines announced a new flight route from Miami to Chetumal, emphasizing the statement that carriers are willing to bet on the Mexican Caribbean market. It’s loose COVID restrictions, combined its idyllic trappings are proving an easy alternative for many customers in the market.
Highlighting the faith in the region, Aeroflot are reopening several routes back to Cancun. The Russian carriers absence extends seven years, far beyond the emergence of COVID. But the growing popularity of the area has prompted them to install direct flights from Moscow, Russia and Barcelona, Spain.
On top of Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentias resumed their direct flights from Buenos Aires to Cancun. The first flight is set to leave on Wednesday night. Similarly, Aeromexico runs 5 flights a week between the two cities.
By the end of the year, Cancun will be connected directly with as many as 20 European cities, including London, Istanbul, Paris, Frankfurt, Kiev, and Manchester.
Many of the routes are restarting after a COVID based absence, but others, like Kiev, are brand new entries to the market looking to capitalize on the comparatively restriction heavy European and Asian destinations that are typically the popular options for the continent.
From the US, low cost carriers like Frontier are taking similar steps. Just days ago, the airline launched three new routes from the North east; Cancun from Providence, NY, Buffalo, NY, and Hartford, CT. These won’t start until 2022, but they add to a large investment in flights to Cancun that were added in 2021 from cities like Orlando, Dallas, and an expansion on their Miami flights.
The Mexican government is yet to announce any new restrictions to counteract the potential issues the Omicron variant may produce, but citizens have been urged not to travel abroad, and for those in the country to remain stringent on their own health protocols to prevent spread. The first patient infected with Omicron was detected this week.
The number of thermal cameras in Quintana Roo have been increased as an added precaution, especially as the region is now operating under a green light, meaning hotels can function at 100% capacity- something they will need if they are to cope with the massive surge of tourism expected this winter.
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