Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet announced yesterday the introduction of new nonstop service between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Mexico City International Airport (MEX). WestJet will also fly between Calgary (YYC) and MEX. The routes will be served three times power week and will launch on March 14, 2018 for YYC-MEX and March 15, 2018 for YVR-MEX. On April 29, 2018, both service upgrade to daily flights.

“This is excellent news, we greatly value our partner WestJet and their efforts to link our airport with key destinations around the world,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority. “Mexico City is rich in experiences, offering incredible tourism options and a broad range of business opportunities. It’s also one of Latin America’s key connecting hubs, providing passengers with access to amazing destinations. We are excited to work with WestJet to ensure this new route is a big success.”

WestJet is starting services from Calgary and Vancouver to Mexico City.
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“We are proud of our investment in Vancouver International Airport as we continue to grow our west coast hub,” said Ed Sims, Executive Vice-President Commercial at WestJet. “These flights provide choice and competition for Canada’s business and leisure travelers and will also enable Mexican visitors an affordable option to discover our country and Mexican businesses to increase commercial ties.”

“WestJet’s new nonstop service to Mexico City will be another great route option for Albertans looking to connect to one of the world’s largest trading markets,” said Bob Sartorial, President and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority. “As a burgeoning business market for agriculture and oil and gas, this is an important link as our city and region looks for opportunities to grow and diversify our economy.”

The YVR-MEX service has potential to drive passenger growth in the Vancouver region. Mexican tourism has become a priority for YVR, especially after the Canadian government’s recent removal of visa requirements to Canada. The Latin American market increased by 25% in the first half of 2017 over the same time in 2016 and was the leading market for YVR in that time frame.

In total, the new service will generate up to $6.3 million in economic output and could contribute $3.3 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It could further increase economic growth by allowing local businesses to reach new customers, suppliers, and investors in Mexico and Latin America.

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