Mexico’s largest airline is branching out to provide a direct, non-stop link with Vancouver beginning December 9 of this year.
Aeromexico’s new service will run daily using a Boeing 737-700 aircraft with a capacity to hold 124 passengers for the 5 hour 30 minute flights.
This is the airline’s third Canadian destination as it adds on to existing routes that reach Toronto and Montreal.
“We already have presence in the East and Center of Canada and with the addition of Vancouver we will also cover the Western parts of the country, as part of our international network growth plan,” said Aeromexico spokesperson Anko van der Werff in a statement.
The route complements the existing Air Canada route from Vancouver International Airport to the Mexican capital’s Benito Juarez International Airport. The added capacity will allow British Columbians to more quickly connect with other flights to other destinations in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
Other existing route options from Vancouver to Mexico City require a time-consuming detour through Toronto or an American city for a connecting flight.
“We are thrilled to welcome Aeromexico to YVR’s family of business partners on the eve of Cinco de Mayo,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority. “Aeromexico’s decision to fly to YVR further strengthens our position as the gateway hub between Asia and the Americas. The new service will give businesses more options to reach customers in Mexico and throughout Latin America.”
It is estimated the new service will create 160 local jobs, add $9.9 million in GDP, and generate $3.4 million in taxes and $2.9 million in wages for B.C. With a new reach to Mexico and Latin America, the route will also provide new business and economic opportunities for B.C.
“Air connections between Mexico and Canada are essential to the growing mobility of citizens between both countries; the new Aeromexico flight from Mexico City to Vancouver will foster tourism, business, and student travel in both directions,” said Claudia Franco Hijuelos, Consul General of Mexico in Vancouver.
Tickets for the new Aeromexico service are already on the sale on the airline’s website. All flights arrive and depart both cities in the morning and evening.
Aeromexico currently offers direct connections to 44 destinations in Mexico and 37 other destinations in Central America, South America, Cuba, Europe and Asia.