As flights between Merida and Toronto begin, airport reports record passenger traffic

Photo: New direct flights between Merida and Toronto began Tuesday Dec. 15.

With the inauguration Tuesday Dec. 15 of new direct flights between Toronto and Merida, local officials are projecting that Merida’s Manuel Crescencio Rejon International Airport will set a record for passenger traffic of more than 1.5 million visitors in 2015.

Merida’s airport sees the biggest influx of passengers during the year-end holiday season. Between Dec. 15 and January 6, the arrival of some 100,000 passengers is expected, i.e. 4,500 passengers daily, or about 200 per hour, according to the director of the Southeast Airport Group (Asur), Hector Navarrete Muñoz.

He noted that in 2014 the number of passengers recorded at the international airport of Merida was 1.4 million, which has already been achieved since late November.

He added that for the addition of several new national and international flights, the airline terminal was required to make adjustments to its infrastructure, such as waiting rooms, customs, immigration, air operations and taxi services.

Measures have also been implemented to increase security measures in the management of passenger luggage to avoid mishaps.

“We are closing the year very well, going well … We think it’s the best year in the history of Merida airport … We are expanding our facilities to give good service, quality and efficiency to all our passengers,” the executive said.

Travel option now open to Toronto

With 150 passengers aboard, the first direct flight from Toronto, Canada arrived on Tuesday to the capital of Yucatan, operated by the Canadian airline WestJet; the new route increases international air connectivity to and from the White City.

Aboard this first flight was the Yucatan delegation headed by Governor Rolando Zapata Bello and integrated by his wife Sara Zapata Blancarte; the head of the Ministry of Tourism Promotion (SEFOTUR), Saul Ancona Salazar, and the director of the Office of International Affairs Office of the Governor, William Pérez Loría.

The delegation held Monday a working visit in that city in Canada to promote Yucatan as a key logistics platform in the South-Southeast of Mexico region for trade, where they met with representatives from the tourism, business and technology sectors in that country.

Photo: New direct flights between Merida and Toronto began Tuesday Dec. 15.
New direct flights between Merida and Toronto began Tuesday Dec. 15.

Canada’s WestJet, which will operate the route, was recognized this year as the second best low-cost North American airline, offering service to more than 90 locations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.

The Secretary of Tourism Promotion, Ancona Salazar, said that with this flight, international air connectivity increases for Merida, which has also recently opened new direct service to Milan, Italy. New direct service to Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas is also planned for March 2016.

He explained that the connection between Merida and Toronto will take place once a week, on Tuesday, with the flight lasting approximately four hours.




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