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United Airlines will cut back flights to Mérida in the spring, but resume a full schedule in August.
United Airlines will cut back flights to Mérida in the spring, but resume a full schedule in August.

United Airlines quickly squashed rumors that they had abandoned their Houston-Mérida route.

“We are absolutely committed to this market!” said United communications manager Jonathan Guerin in an email exchange with Yucatán Expat Life.

Social media was buzzing yesterday when flight information disappeared from United’s airline system. But a quick call to their reservations center, which uses a different computer system, found daily direct flights in and out of Mérida pretty much along their established patterns. And the online system appeared to be working today.

Flights do decrease in spring, corresponding with some of the peninsula’s most challenging weather, and a trend toward fewer travelers between the U.S. and Yucatán.

United shared their flight plans for the spring and summer:  In early April, United will operate five times per week through May 4. From May 5 to June 8, United operate three flights per week and beginning June 9 through Aug. 15, United will offer daily service between IAH and MID. From mid-August to early September, United plan to operate service between IAH and MID five times per week, said Guerin.

New to the Mérida’s Manuel Crescencio Rejon International Airport is rival airline with its hub in another Texas city. Earlier this month, American Airlines started flying direct from Dallas to Mérida five times a week. They also fly in to Mérida in the evening and return in the morning.

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