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Air Canada announces new direct routes to Cancún and Cozumel

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Air Canada and several other major airlines continue to bet on Cancún despite the region’s ongoing problem with excess seaweed on its coastline. Photo: Courtesy

Air Canada has announced five new direct flights to Cancún this fall and says plans for even more routes to Mexico are in the works. 

The new routes will offer direct return flights between Cancún and Edmonton, London-Ontario, Moncton-New Brunswick, Ottawa, as well as Regina-Saskatchewan.

The airline has also announced that it will begin nonstop service between Toronto and Cozumel, a first for the airline. 

But Air Canada’s route expansion into Mexico’s Caribbean is not limited to flights from North America, as it is set to also begin operating direct flights from the UK to Cancún.

Also planning additional direct flights between the UK and Cancún is TUI, a Belgium-based budget carrier.

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TUI has stated that it also has plans in the works to fly eight new weekly flights from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.

Citing an increase in demand, Frontier Airlines has announced three more flights a week between Houston and Cancún.

The increase in flights comes despite the fact that large amounts of seaweed continue to accumulate on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, making swimming unpleasant or sometimes impossible. 

Aerial view of Cancún’s seaweed-covered coastline. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

State authorities are hoping that the coming storm season will decrease ocean temperatures and wash away much of the unwanted algae within the next weeks or months. 

Nearly half of all foreign tourists in Mexico go to Cancún, according to one recent study by La Verdad Noticias.

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