Cancun boosted by fresh airlift

Ranked as one of this summer’s top international leisure destinations, Cancun, Mexico, is now more accessible, thanks to new direct flights from Continental, Delta, Frontier and Spirit Airlines. Flights to Cancun International Airport, serving over 800,000 passengers per month in high season, are already available from almost every major city in the world, providing a total of 170 direct or connecting flights to Cancun every day.

To help supply the continually growing demand for this premier destination, Continental, Delta, Frontier and Spirit Airlines have announced commitments to expand their current service to this increasingly upscale vacation hotspot.

Houston-based Continental Airlines has restored nearly all of its flights between the U.S. and Cancun since Wilma affected the region last fall. Recognizing the island’s quick and significant comeback, the carrier now operates a total of 61 weekly departures from Cancun, including 44 to Houston, 16 to New York/Newark Liberty and one to Cleveland, restoring total capacity to almost 90 percent. In an effort to provide vacationers with the greatest access to the most in-demand leisure location in Mexico, Continental provides about 15 percent of the total seats between Cancun and the U.S.

Already operating the second largest Southeastern gateway to the Caribbean from its Atlanta hub, Delta Airlines recently announced its largest expansion to Mexican destinations in the company’s history to date. As part of this extension, Delta will offer new non-stop, Saturday service to Cancun from Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Washington Dulles airports, starting June 17. Delta is also seeking approval for a direct route from New York’s JFK Airport to Cancun this year.

In an attempt to carve its own niche in the Mexico-Caribbean market, Frontier Airlines will be boosting service to Mexico by 30 percent this winter holiday season. The Denver-based carrier plans to add seven other weekly flights in addition to its current daily, non-stop service to Cancun.


Spirit Airlines has most recently announced new non-stop, Saturday service to Cancun from Tampa, the only direct service to Mexico from the Tampa International Airport. Boasting its position as the leading low cost carrier to the Caribbean and Latin America, Spirit will further increase flights to these regions, which dominate 24 percent of Spirit’s current schedule. The Ft. Lauderdale-based carrier already operates direct service to Cancun from both its primary hub as well as Detroit.

These new increases in air service suggest that Cancun has made a successful and complete comeback as a top international leisure destination, and travelers will not be disappointed when visiting the increasingly upscale Mexican-Caribbean island this year. Stemming in part from the effects of Wilma, Cancun has experienced a great deal of change, including hotel renovations, fully restored beaches and new sights and attractions. With these impressive transformations, travelers have even more reason to visit and re-visit a new and revitalized Cancun.

“We’re excited to see more travelers choosing Cancun for their vacations and more airlines servicing them with a variety of direct flights,” commented Artemio Santos, executive director of the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We expect that both new and returning visitors alike will be excited to see the brand-new Cancun and all that the island now has to offer.”