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Mérida, Yucatán — While preparing to announce new flights, the Manuel Crescencio Rejón Airport has invited airlines to send larger planes to its runways.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) said airlines should send passengers on higher-capacity airplanes because of higher travel demand expected in November. Conventions and end-of-year tourism could clog the airport, said the airport manager, Héctor Navarrete Muñoz.

The airport can service aircraft as large as the Boeing 747 and Boeing 777, although most of the planes that land there are smaller. The most common are Airbus A320 and Boeing 737.

“Yucatan is an attractive tourist destination for its security, gastronomy, archaeological zones and culture, and to meet the demands of national and international tourists Manuel Crescencio Rejón Airport seeks to offer passengers the best conditions before, during and after your flights,” he said.

The airport, which is built on an area of ​​600 hectares/1,500 acres, continues to grow. The announcement mirrors a similar call earlier this year, when ASUR requested airlines to add 7,000 extra seats a week to meet demand.

The Mérida airport is the second largest run by ASUR and is the eighth busiest air terminal in Mexico.

“We continue working to bring more flights to Yucatán. In a few weeks, new routes and flights will be announced,” said Navarrete Muñoz.

Eleven airlines operate at the Mérida airport, including international brands Westjet, American Airlines and United; and eight national airlines: Interjet, TAR, VivaAerobus, Aeromar, Volaris, MagniCharters, Aeroméxico and Mayair.

The airport also includes a Mexican Air Force base.

Source: Sipse

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