Great ready for a bunch of new flights from the United States to the Mexican Caribbean.
The after-effect of the United States Department of Transportation elevating the safety rating from level two back to level one, the highest level, will increase the competition for flights to the Mexican Caribbean, and tourists are set to benefit.
More Than 50 New Routes
The Mexican airlines have been busy the last couple of weeks since the reinstatement of the level one safety rating filing paperwork for new flights and routes to and from the United States.
According to Mexican Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation Minister Jorge Nuño Lara, more than 50 routes have been filed with the United States authorities with flights to start as soon as November.
At least 55 new routes are already in the filing process to be started by the end of the year. Just those amount of routes will add an additional 500 flights per week from the United States to Mexico.
Those projected new routes will increase the flight capacity to Mexico of more than 3.5 million passengers on its own.
Tulum and Mérida the Big Winners
The Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris has been the most aggressive so far at leveraging the restart of the level one safety rating.
The airline has requested 33 new routes on its own targeting cities in the United States including Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Antonio.
The Mexican destinations targeted for most of those flights? Of course, it’s none other than Mérida and the brand new Mexican Caribbean airport in Tulum.
Meanwhile, Viva Aerobus has applied for 17 routes on its own and Aeroméxico seeks to add five.
However, Nuño Lara cautioned that this was information only very early in the process, and he expects significantly more routes and flight filings to be completed by the end of the year as companies adjust their business plans.
When Will the New Flights Start?
Based on the filing schedule and the time needed by the United States Department of Transportation and local airports to review the requests and negotiate contracts, the end of the year would not be unheard of for many of these flights.
Some could be on the calendar as early as November.
The Mexican Federal Civil Aviation Authority (AFAC) final approval could allow for many of these new flights to start somewhere between November and January 2024.
That’s great news for those seeking cheaper flights for the peak winter holiday season.
More Flights, Less Price
More supply with steady demand causes prices to fall.
Nuño Lara is quick to agree with that prediction.
With the three Mexican airlines jockeying for position to increase flight capacity to Mexico with 55 new routes and more than 500 new flights, there is only one-way prices can go, and that’s down.
What Should Tourists Do?
While normal market conditions would discourage travelers from waiting until right before the peak winter holiday season to book a flight, it might actually make sense here.
With a big glut of capacity sitting out there, it may be worth it for travelers to roll the dice and wait a little later than normal to book a flight.
However, flight plans can be delayed, and the bureaucracy and red tape may take longer than expected, especially with a potential government shutdown looming in the United States.
Instead, tourists may want to lock in a good deal now but reserve a more expensive refundable ticket. If prices drop, travelers can then always rebook at the lower price.
Regardless of how tourists plan to leverage the announcement of additional routes and services to the Mexican Caribbean, visitors should benefit, especially when planning a vacation getaway in the future.
Nuño calls the safety upgrade a win-win for passengers from the United States.
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