Mexican beaches start the year with more flights to the U.S. than in 2020

07/01/2021

American tourists started the year by taking refuge on Mexican beaches, bringing the offer of seats between both countries to levels even higher than those of the months prior to the pandemic, reports Expansion.

Major Mexican beaches start the year with more flights. Photo: Cancun city government
Major Mexican beaches start the year with more flights. Photo: Cancun city government

The closure of markets such as Europe and Asia has driven air demand to destinations such as Los Cabos, where the supply of seats during the first half of January is 31.5% higher than the same period in 2020. Similarly, Cancun registers an increase of 13.5% and Puerto Vallarta of 6.3%.

This trend coincides with the high season from the United States and Canada, which commonly runs from December to March, and in which travelers from these countries seek warm destinations because of the winter season, coupled with other factors inherent to the pandemic.

Among the air markets connecting to Mexico, the American market is the one that has had the greatest recovery. According to the latest data from the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), during November routes between both countries had recovered 60% of the passengers served in the same period of 2020, with occupancy factors above 60%.

Most of the travelers come from cities like Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago, in a market still dominated by American Airlines, United Airlines, and Volaris.

This is significantly far from the second-largest emitter of tourists, Canada, which registered a 94% drop in passenger flows during November. In the best-case scenario, the offer of seats with this country amounts to only 34.1% towards Mexico City, and in beach destinations, there are only rates between 12% and 14%.

For this year, forecasts indicate that even in the most adverse scenario, the flow of American tourists will be maintained. According to estimates by the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) based on the COVID-19 pandemic, in the most optimistic scenario, an increase of 65.4% of tourists is expected with respect to 2020, reaching 8.5 million travelers. In the most pessimistic scenario, 5.2 million US tourists are expected, which would represent an increase of 1% over last year.

Four amazing Mexican beaches that will make you wish you were there right now 

Playa Tuxpan

It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Huasteca Veracruzana where apart from enjoying the sun you can do various activities such as diving, camping and fishing. In Tuxpan you can visit several places such as El Cerro Tumilco, the Mangroves, the Museum of Friendship Mexico-Cuba or Isla Lobo, characterized by its reefs, marine fauna and its crystalline waters.

Playa Escondida

This beach is part of the National Park of the Marietas Islands in Nayarit and is one of the destinations with more adventure since to get to the island you will have to swim approximately ten minutes through a tunnel. Upon arrival, you will see whales, turtles, birds and 90 other species that will amaze you. As it is a protected area, reservations must be made in advance.

Playa Yelapa

It is hidden between the jungle and the Pacific Ocean. On this beach, in Puerto Vallarta, you can spend a quiet weekend, go horseback riding, visit the waterfalls, go fishing, take a kayak tour or launch a paraglider. To get to Yelapa you have to take a collective aqua taxi from the Playa de los Muertos Pier or Boca de Tomatlán.

Playa Ventura

In this Guerrero beach you will be able to enjoy great experiences and natural spectacles; not for nothing is considered one of the most beautiful destinations of that state. You can go fishing or take a kayak trip while enjoying the marine fauna that hosts the place. For being a fishing port it has an extensive gastronomic range.