Canada’s decision to halt every flight to Mexican destinations till April will affect the tourism industry

Published on : Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Canadian Government’s decision to halt every flight to Mexican destinations till April 30, 2021 will cost the tourism industry around US$782 million in lost revenue, said the Mexican Tourism Minister. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada was one of the key air markets for Mexico. However, now, that’s on hold.

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, announced new travel restrictions last week. Canada has restricted flights to few destinations imposing mandatory quarantines at approved hotels for returning travelers.

Canadian airlines like Air Canada and WestJet, have suspended their flights to Mexico from January 29 to April 30. Air Canada has stopped flying to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City. Similarly, WestJet (along with Swoop) has discontinued its weekly flights to Puerto Vallarta, Cancún, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlán.

Currently, only one Mexican airline is flying to Canada – Aeromexico. Before the pandemic, Interjet also had weekly flights to Canada, but the airline has unofficially stopped operations. Also, last year, the Canadian Transportation Agency suspended Interjet’s license to operate in Canadian airspace.

Aeromexico is suspending its flights to Canada from this month’s second week. It is also helping its travelers return to their country of origin.

The new Canadian travel restrictions will entail a heavy burden on Canadian and Mexican airlines and other tourism chain members in both countries. There will be a loss of around 791,000 tourists, many of whom come to Mexico during the spring break season.

Since January 26, the new US Government needs a proof of negative COVID-19 test for all air passengers. This requirement is affecting the Mexico-US connectivity. The Mexican airline Aeromar has already suspended one route to the US due to this requirement.

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