In a week in which the issue of insecurity and violence in Quintana Roo caused the German government to issue a travel alert to its nationals, but also marked 10 years of Air France operations in the state, this afternoon the first flight of the Austrian airline landed in Cancun, which will connect for the first time in almost 20 years, the Mexican Caribbean with Vienna, the capital of Austria.
"Cancun is extremely popular with European travelers and the new route from Vienna, in addition to offering Austrians and Europeans a new destination, will reinforce Lufthansa Group's activities in Mexico and its continued support of the tourism sector," said Alejandro Arias, Sales Director for Mexico and Central America for Lufthansa Group.
"Today is a day of special relevance for Cancun Airport, as it marks the return of Austrian Airlines with its Vienna - Cancun route, which will significantly increase the number of visitors from Europe arriving at the Mexican Caribbean. Austria and Mexico have a centuries-old historical relationship that will be strengthened with this new flight, which represents a milestone in the post-pandemic economic recovery at an international level," added Carlos Trueba Coll, Director of Cancun International Airport.
During the ceremony to welcome the flight, Alejandro Arias said that Austrian Airlines is constantly examining how to meet the growing demand of its customers to visit new destinations and live quality vacation experiences.
He said that honoring this vision, Austrian's first flight to Cancun in almost two decades landed this afternoon to an honorable welcome, marking the beginning of this new direct service from Vienna and offering another connection to Europe for the region.
According to the information provided, flight OS 95 will be offered seasonally and will initially consist of two flights per week. It will depart Vienna at 10:30 a.m. local time and arrive at Cancun International Airport at 4:10 p.m. local time, while the OS 96 flight back to Vienna is scheduled to depart Cancun at 6:05 p.m. local time and land the following day in Vienna at 11:30 a.m. local time.
It was also noted that flight times will change by one hour on October 31. The route will be flown with Austrian's flagship Boeing 777-200ER, which seats 306 passengers in a spacious three-class configuration offering Business Class (38 seats), Premium Economy Class (24 seats), and Economy Class (244 seats) cabins of service.
Austrian Airlines currently serves more than 70 destinations in Europe with more than 700 departures per week and in the case of Mexican customers from Cancun, they will benefit from seamless transfer options at the Vienna Hub, ideally located in Central Europe. Currently, major destinations include cities in Western and Eastern Europe, as well as North Africa and the Middle East.
"The Cancun - Vienna route marks an important milestone for Austrian Airlines and we are delighted to continue to enhance connectivity from Mexico," Arias noted. "From now on, Cancun residents and those living in the surrounding communities in the region will be able to experience first-hand Austrian's high-quality service, premium products, and culinary options, all in a safe and sanitized environment," concluded Alejandro Arias.
In the middle of the week, a shooting attack at a restaurant in Tulum left two foreign tourists dead and three more injured. As a consequence of the incident, the German government issued a series of suggestions to its travelers intending to visit Quintana Roo.
Hours earlier, it was announced that after temporarily bidding farewell to Cancun in March 2020 due to the world health emergency, Air France not only reestablished the Cancun-Paris route, which it has been operating for 10 years but now connects France with the Mexican Caribbean up to 6 times a week, contributing to the reactivation of tourism and commercial relations between Europe and America.