18/12/2009Mexicana Becomes The First Mexican Airline To Fly Into The Dc Area, Bringing Cancun Closer To Washington, D.C.

Mexican Airlines is now the only Mexican airline flying into the Dulles airport, launching direct flights between Washington, D.C. and Cancun

Mexico’s Ambassador in the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan, along with officials from the Mexico Tourism Board, Mexicana Airlines and other travel industry leaders joined together today to celebrate the airline’s launch of seven new weekly, non-stop flights between Washington, D.C. and Cancun and continuing to Mexico City.

During a special event held at the Mexican Cultural Institute in D.C., Ambassador Sarukhan joined Mexicana Airlines Senior Vice President Customer Service and Corporate Communications, Adolfo Crespo, for the official announcement of this new route. The first flight departed yesterday from Cancun at 6:20 pm and will be returning today from Dulles International Airport (IAD) at 9:35 am.

“This new non-stop route is a culmination of successful efforts joined together by all parties to increase business relationships among Mexico and the U.S. Cancun is among the most favored destinations for Americans and this new route adds ease and convenience to one of Mexico’s most beautiful places to visit” said Ambassador Sarukhan.

The launch of this new flight in Washington, D.C., is part of Grupo Mexicana’s strategic expansion which last November, joined oneworld Alliance, the world’s leading quality airline alliances. The inauguration of this new service will bring the number of domestic and international routes operated out of Cancun up to a total of 15, elevating this terminal to the category of hub. “This is the result of yet another initiative by Mexicana to offer our customers the best travel options and will enable us to post substantial growth in the number of passengers we fly in and out of the Cancun airport. This route is designed to offer users important benefits, while furthering our internationalization strategy” said Adolfo Crespo Mexicana Airlines Senior Vice President Customer Service and Corporate Communications.

As the first Mexican airline to operate out of the Dulles airport, Mexicana has solid reasons for choosing this terminal, namely industry data that points to a 12%-plus increase in passenger volumes between Washington, D. C. and Cancun since 2005, with at least 60% of passengers flying from Washington D.C. to destinations in Mexico preferring Dulles. Business passengers flying in from Washington will also find that these new flights are conveniently scheduled to coincide with connections to Mexico City, allowing them to make the most of their time in Mexico.

In 2008, Cancun’s International Airport received 41% of the Americans that traveled to Mexico by plane. Because of its strength in numbers, a total amount of $67 million dollars has been invested this year to add an additional runway, an entirely new control tower and taxiway bridge. The airport’s capacity will increase to such an extent that it will eventually be fit to welcome about 28 million passengers per year.

During 2010, Mexicana Airlines together with the Mexico Tourism Board and the State of Quintana Roo will carry out varied promotional programs to help kick start travel to Mexico from Washington, D.C. targeting industry partners within the leisure and meetings segment.

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About Mexicana Airlines
Mexicana Airlines, Mexico’s leading airline, has been earning the trust and loyalty of its passengers for almost 90 years, preserving the best of its essence, while positioning itself as a dynamic, efficient company. This successful marriage of tradition and innovation is one reason Mexicana Airlines was invited to join oneworld®, the world’s leading alliance of quality airlines, which enables its member airlines to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own, including a broader route network, more opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points and access to some 550 airport lounges worldwide.

oneworld®, also offers more alliance fares than any of its competitors. In 2008, Mexicana boarded over 11.7 million passengers and currently serves some 50 destinations in Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe. Its 64-strong fleet of hi-tech aircraft makes 200 takeoffs and landings a day on average. The company boasts the best maintenance base in all of Latin America, staffed by highly skilled mechanics. In addition to being certified as a Socially Responsible Company, Mexicana has won several major industry awards over the decades, including the World Travel Award for “Leading Airline in Mexico and Central America”, which it has taken home on no less than 11 occasions. MexicanaClick was launched in 2005 to serve the domestic market and currently operates a total of 29 routes. MexicanaLink, the group’s regional carrier, made its debut in 2009 and already flies to 20 destinations. MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink will both be joining oneworld®, as affiliates. www.mexicana.com