Airlines add more than 1 million seats to Mexico in 2017

Mexico´s global air connectivity continues to grow at a record pace, with airlines around the world adding new routes, additional flights on existing routes, and upgrading to the latest aircraft models with larger capacities in order to meet the demand for travel to Mexico, the Mexico Tourism Board said.

As of January 2017, airline partners have announced the addition of more than 1,000,000 new seats scheduled in 2017 on international direct flights to Mexico from more than 20 countries.

Since 2013, Mexico´s international tourism has grown at an annual average of 10%, double the global industry average. This performance, which includes growing from 24 million international tourists to Mexico in 2013 to an anticipated 35 million for 2016, has catapulted Mexico from the 15th (2013) to the 9th (2015) most visited country in the world, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Mexico´s increasing global popularity is evident in the commitment from existing and new airline partners to establish routes from new international cities as well as expand the number of Mexican destinations they serve.

Additionally, more than 25 existing routes have confirmed additional frequency of flights or upgraded aircrafts, contributing to the additional capacity as well as overall improved traveler convenience and experience.

The Mexico Tourism Board´s tourism industry strategy includes a focus on developing expanded products and personalized marketing campaigns that focus on areas including luxury, weddings and romance, diving, mega bio diversity and nature, culture, gastronomy, high profile events, sports and adventure, as well as programs for audience segments such as millennials, LGBT, and retirees.