Flights between Cancún and Madrid resume after almost a full year. More to follow?

People working in Mexico’s tourism industry see the return of international routes as a sign that the COVID-19 crisis is finally beginning to wind down. Photo: File.
People working in Mexico’s tourism industry see the return of international routes as a sign that the COVID-19 crisis is finally beginning to wind down. Photo: File.

After almost a year of cancellations due to COVID-19, flights between Madrid and Cancún have resumed. 

The Evelop aircraft was greeted Monday on the tarmac by airport authorities as well as traditional folkloric dancers and a full complement of Mariachis.

The Madrid-Cancún route is scheduled to operate once a week but is expected to increase its frequency in April to keep up with demand. 

“Restablishing airline connections with Europe is essential to the recovery of Quintana Roo’s tourism industry,” said Quintana Roo Gov. Carlos Joaquín González  

Flights from other European cities, such as Frankfurt and Istambul, are also now scheduled for arrival in Cancún, according to ASUR airport authorities. 

Domestic routes, which had been discontinued last year, have also begun to make a comeback.

“March brings good news for the reactivation of tourism, with the Cancun – Acapulco route by Viva Aerobus,” said Joaquín González, via his official Twitter account. 

Flights from the United States also continue to increase, although many of these never stopped altogether.

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Commercial flights connecting Canadian cities with Mexico and several Caribbean destinations have been canceled since February and are not expected to resume until late April.

Critics claim Canada’s cancellation of all flights to México and the Caribbean is unfair to the region as it favors destinations such as Florida.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cancun airport has remained relatively busy throughout the year, in part due to Mexico’s lax attitude concerning international arrivals.

At no time has Mexico demanded that international travelers provide negative test results for COVID-19 when entering the country.

Cancun’s airport is offering COVID-19 tests for travelers who are required to present negative test results to return home. The tests are offered daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and cost 290 pesos for antigen tests and 200 pesos for PCR tests. 

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.