Cozumel gets more airlift as arrivals continue to grow

Getting to Cozumel is now even easier for U.S. travellers with the addition of two new service routes from the continental U.S. to Cozumel, through Delta and United Airlines, and increased flights out of Houston via Continental Airlines.
United Airlines will start new non-stop service Dec. 18, 2004, from Chicago to Cozumel, offering three weekly flights through May 3, 2005.

New Delta flights from Atlanta to Cozumel will be available on Saturdays and Sundays year-round, starting March 5, 2005. In addition, Continental Airlines will increase its Houston-to-Cozumel service to fly twice daily beginning Dec. 16, 2004 and American Airlines will continue its daily Dallas-to-Cozumel flights now through Mar. 31, 2005.

With the introduction of the new flights and the continued American Airlines service, weekly airlift from the U.S. to Cozumel will rise 50 percent in 2005 over the previous year.

“Cozumel has been seeing a tremendous growth in air passenger traffic to the island this year, averaging 20 to 40 percent increases over 2003 each month in our visitor numbers,” Javier Aranda Pedrero, executive director of the Cozumel Fideicomiso de PromociĆ³n Tur’stica.

“We’re excited to see more travellers choosing Cozumel for their vacations and more airlines servicing them with direct flights.  We expect the number of visitors to continue to rise in 2005.”

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Combined air service to Cozumel, including both scheduled and charter flights, for the 2004-2005 winter season has doubled over last year, totaling 123 weekly flights to the destination, offering more than 13,000 passenger seats.

For the upcoming winter travel season, Cozumel has 31 charter flights currently scheduled to depart from cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Minneapolis, Midway, Dallas, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Chicago, Denver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Halifax.
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