TULUM, Mexico – Air Canada has made aviation history by becoming the first Canadian airline to offer direct services to Tulum. The airline is set to launch flights from both Toronto and Montreal to the newest airport on the Yucatán Peninsula, in addition to introducing a route from Toronto to Charleston, SC. Tickets are already available for purchase on the airline’s website, through the Air Canada app, their contact centers, and various travel agencies. The flights to Tulum are scheduled to go on sale starting December 15.
Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President of Revenue and Network Planning at Air Canada expressed enthusiasm about the airline’s expansion plans for the summer of 2024. The strategic move includes the addition of two new destinations, the introduction of five new routes, increased flight frequencies on key routes, and the early resumption of popular seasonal routes, all in response to anticipated demand.
“We are thrilled to introduce two new destinations to our global network: Tulum, Mexico, from our hubs in Toronto and Montreal; and Charleston, South Carolina, from Toronto, along with new flights to Austin and St. Louis from Montreal in the summer of 2024,” stated Galardo. “These new destinations and routes reflect Air Canada’s market leadership and its network diversification strategy, adding capacity to highly sought-after leisure destinations like Tulum and key rapidly growing metropolitan areas in the United States.”
For the summer of 2024, Air Canada plans to operate to 120 destinations in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, with up to 520 daily flights, translating to approximately 66,000 dispatched seats. This represents a 5% increase in seating capacity in North America and the Caribbean compared to 2023.
Miguel Torruco Marqués, Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, expressed his excitement about the announcement, stating, “I celebrate this significant announcement by Air Canada. Without connectivity, there is no tourism, and the two new routes to the new International Airport in Tulum, which is ready to accommodate five million passengers, will boost the arrival of tourists from our second-largest international tourist market.”
In a parallel development, as reported by The Tulum Times, JetBlue is joining United, Delta, American, and Spirit in offering flights to the new Tulum airport. JetBlue is set to commence operations from JFK Airport on June 13, 2024, adding to the existing services provided by Aeroméxico and Viva Aerobus. The growing interest from major airlines underscores Tulum’s emergence as a key destination in the global travel landscape. Travelers can anticipate enhanced connectivity and accessibility, affirming Tulum’s status as a premier tourist hotspot.