Last night, Vancouver International Airport welcomed Aeromexico’s inaugural flight from Benito Juarez International Airport.
The non-stop flight marks the beginning of a new daily service between Mexico City and Vancouver.
“Bienvenido Aeromexico! This new service creates opportunities for business, tourism and trade,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “The exciting addition of Aeromexico service opens up the Latin American market with great onward network connections and helps strengthen our position as gateway hub between Asia and the Americas.”
Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, operates more than 600 daily flights and offers connectivity to 46 destinations within Mexico as well as 40 international destinations – including 16 in Latin America alone. It will also provide opportunities for B.C. businesses to reach new customers, suppliers and investors throughout Mexico and Latin America. The additional Vancouver-Mexico City service will continue to strengthen YVR’s presence as a connecting travel hub in North America and around the world.
“Starting of our daily flight between Vancouver and Mexico City, we add our third destination in Canada bringing to the Canadian market larger connectivity options to Mexico, Central and South America as part of the airline’s international growth,” said Anko van der Werff, Chief Revenue Officer, Aeromexico. “Additionally, thanks to our partnership with WestJet and Access Rail – through VIA Rail Canada, we continue strengthening our position in this important market.”
The new service will add 160 jobs to the B.C. economy and $9.9 million in Gross Domestic Product, $3.4 million in taxes and $2.9 million in wages to the province. With more than 24,000 people working on Sea Island, YVR is one of British Columbia’s key economic and employment generators.
“Mexico is currently one of Vancouver’s star tourism markets,” said Ty Speer, President and CEO, Tourism Vancouver. “Mexican visitation to Vancouver has increased by 30% since 2013, and we expect to welcome over 85,000 guests by the end of the year. What’s more, they’re affluent, sophisticated, and interested in extended visits – a perfect fit for Vancouver and BC. The increased flight capacity from Aeromexico will allow us to continue to cater to this important market.”
Aeromexico will operate a Boeing 737-700 aircraft with seat capacity for 124 passengers including 12 in Premier Business. Flight AM696 leaves MEX daily at 6:00 p.m. and arrives at YVR at 10:05 p.m. the same day. Flight AM697 leaves YVR at 11:20 p.m. and arrives at MEX at 7:00 a.m. the following day.