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Volaris Airlines has four new routes connecting Merida and major Mexican cities. Photo: Courtesy

Merida, Yucatan — Four new routes will land in Yucatan by March, said the secretary of tourism promotion (Sefotur), Michelle Fridman Hirsch.

Volaris Airlines will connect Merida with new flights to Hermosillo, Tijuana, Chihuahua and Oaxaca, she said.

The new options will expand commercial opportunities in markets such as Hermosillo, an important manufacturing, agricultural and industrial city that in recent years has shown a broad growth in tourism development.

The Tijuana flight will connect Yucatán with the San Diego, Calif., airport through the Cross Border Xpress (CBX), a private pedestrian bridge that costs $30 to access.

Another of the new links by air with the northern area of ​​the country is Chihuahua, which the Economic and Social Information Center ranked first in manufacturing, maquiladora and export services in 2017, in addition to having solid agricultural and tourism activity.

The connection with Oaxaca also translates into an opportunity for commercial relationships. Textile and renewable energy industries, as well as recreation, are prominent here.

The new routes are part of an effort in Yucatan ​​that began on Nov. 20 with the arrival of the first flight from León, Guanajuato. Two weekly departures, Tuesday and Friday, each carry as many as 180 people.

These four new Volaris routes will operate as follows (times are local): 

HMO-MID (Hermosillo-Mérida)
Frequency: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Start: Friday, March 1
Departure from Hermosillo at 5:56 p.m., arriving in Mérida at 10:42 p.m.. 
Leaving Mérida at 11:08 a.m.., arriving in Hermosillo at 1:54 p.m. 

TIJ-MID (Tijuana-Mérida)
Frequency: Tuesday and Saturday 
Start: Saturday, March 2 
Departure from Tijuana at 11:30 p.m., arriving 6:10 a.m. 
Leaving Mérida at 6 a.m., arriving in Tijuana at 8:40 a.m.

CUU-MID (Chihuahua-Mérida)
Frequency: Thursday and Sunday 
Start: Sunday, March 3
Chihuahua Departure 5:34 p.m.., arriving at 9:40 p.m. 
Leaving Mérida 6:40 a.m., arriving 8:46 a.m.

OAX-MID (Oaxaca-Mérida)
Frequency: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Start: Saturday, March 2
Departure from Oaxaca at 8:54 a.m., arriving in Mérida at 10:38 a.m. 
Leaving Mérida at 6:40 a.m., arriving in Oaxaca 8:24 a.m.

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