Some Major City Hubs And Smaller Airlines Continue To Increase Flights To The Beach Destination
Several airlines have added further flights to Cancun in the past few weeks. The trend has been continuing for the past year as Cancun’s popularity continues to grow.
Cancun has enjoyed explosive growth over the past two years, fueling visitor interest by leveraging Mexico’s relaxed COVID restrictions. It’s now one of the most popular destinations on the planet and is setting multiple programs in place to cling onto that spot.
New flights continue to be added from a variety of destinations. Frontier, the low-cost American carrier that will soon be merging with Spirit, announced three new routes to the sunshine destination.
The first of two Texas routes are coming from Houston to Cancun. Leaving from George Bush Intercontinental Airport, this route will be flying four times a week opening up a huge opportunity for Cancun. Houston is a massive hub and extremely well connected around the country.
The flights are only $79 at their base fare. However, Frontier’s model is that of most budget carriers and the $79 is only for a seat. Carry-ons checked luggage and any other add-ons will all be charged more. Still, those looking for a quick getaway can still get a solid deal. They’ll also be adding flights from Dallas too for similar prices.
Another major addition for Frontier is their Cancun flights from Tampa, Florida. These will only be running three times a week and are priced at $99. Once again, this cost will have the same format in regards to the add-on prices.
The new flights are part of Frontier’s larger expansion into Mexico. The country as a whole is booming in regard to tourism. They’ve added several flights to destinations around the country including Mexico City’s brand new airport. According to reports, by the end of summer 2022, Cancun will be connected with 16 more cities in the US and will offer more than 21,000 seats to the beach city weekly. An incredible addition for Cancun.
But Frontier isn’t the only airline adding flights. Smaller airlines are seeing the value in adding Cancun to their itineraries. Also in Texas, Sun Country Airlines have announced non-stop flights into Cancun International Airport.
The regional airline is in the middle of an expansion and will be flying the Cancun route twice a week – Wednesdays and Saturdays. The flight will leave from Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas. The flights are being listed a $129 for a base fare, putting them well in the range of budget competition.
The airline is one of several smaller operations that is working to build Cancun into their schedules. Several smaller northern airlines are also getting in on the action.
Coming from abroad, Volaris is expanding its Mexican footprint. The major airline is adding a daily flight from Lima, Peru to Cancun. These will also begin in June.
Cancun can look forward to more additions as the year goes on. Travel demand is pent up after two years of the pandemic, and the abundance of all-inclusive hotels make it an attractive option.
The airport does provide a sore point in the current Cancun experience, however. Recently, visitors have been subjected to as long as four-hour wait times moving through immigration. A lack of immigration officers has been slowing the process and as multiple planes arrive at peak times, bottlenecks are regularly formed.
The problem was supposed to have been solved over a year ago when 100 officers were reportedly sent to the airport. Where those numbers have disappeared to is unclear, but a similar announcement was made this week that more had been added.
The initial reaction to vacations in Cancun is an important one and helps set the standard for the rest of the experience. The government will be working on solving this problem in the coming months, especially if more routes continue to be added.
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