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International Air Travel Routes — México


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Flying From


Most international passengers fly to either México City or Cancún and make connections from there, unless they're visiting one of these cities. The exception is US passengers, who have many more destinations available for non-stop flights. By far, the largest domestic carriers in México are Mexicana and Aeroméxico. Both companies have service agreements with international carriers that fly to México. Upon arrival, most international passengers transfer to one of these airlines, before going on to their final destinations.

The México City airport is the country's primary hub and has become a bottleneck for air traffic in México. The airport in Toluca, located about 30 miles (50km) west of México City, with many connections throughout México, is emerging as an alternative hub to the busy México City airport for domestic and international flights, and thus — along with a few of the other smaller, mostly regional hubs in the country, such as Cancún, Guadalajara, and Monterrey — has begun to alleviate some of the bottleneck.

In this guide, when specific routes are mentioned, except where specified otherwise, they are non-stop. When non-stop flights are not availale, direct (plane stops, but passengers do not disembark) or single-stop flights are mentioned, especially from Europe and Asia.

Routes and schedules change often. Always check airlines' websites for the current information.

The US


Because of the large volume of traffic and close proximity between the two countries, US travelers have by far the most routes and carriers to chose from. Indeed, there are non-stop flights from almost every major airport in the US (and even some smaller regional ones) to many major cities and resorts in México. For destinations without non-stop service, feeder flights and connections through US or Méxican hubs (or both) are available.

The cheapest fares are usually non-stop flights from southern US hubs such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, and Miami to major cities and resorts in México, although low-cost fares can often be found in other major US airports such as Chicago, New York, Denver, Boston, Cleveland, De­troit, Minneapolis, and Seattle, especially with charter flights during high seasons.

The number of airlines with non-stop flights from the US to México is too numerous to list here. That said, Continental probably has the best non-stop coverage of any carrier from the US from its hub in Houston. Next in coverage is American Airlines from its hub in Dallas. Also worth mentioning are Mexicana and Aeroméxico; both have extensive coverage from the US. Other carriers with significant numbers of non-stop flights are Alaska Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Interjet, Spirit, Sun Country, US Airways, VivaAerobus, and Volaris.

A quick way to figure out carrier, route, and fare options is to check a few of the travel search websites such as www.expedia.com and www.travelocity.com.

Domestics flights in México are usually much cheaper than international flights from the US, including those to the interior and far south from border cities such as Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana. Méxican airports near the border offer an opportunity for low-cost flights to the country's interior for anyone living or traveling near them. For more information, read the article "Domestic Air Travel."

As of June 1, 2009, passports are mandatory for re-entry into the US by air from México. For more information on exit and entry requirements, read the article "Passports, Visas, & Tourist Cards."

Canada


Although not as often as from the US, there are still many non-stop flights from Canada to México, mostly to México City, Cancún, and other major beach resorts. For destinations without non-stop service, feeder flights and connections through Canadian or US hubs (or both) or México City are necessary.

Even though it makes for longer trip, connecting through a US hub with a low-cost carrier can sometimes save up to half the price of a non-stop flight — good news for frugal Canadian travelers. (For more information on getting to México from the US, read the article "Flying from the US.")

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet probably has the best non-stop flight coverage to México, mostly to the coastal resorts, especially during the high seasons, when it adds additional flights and charters. It does not, however, fly non-stop to México City.

Air Canada has numerous non-stop flights to México: Toronto to México City, Cancún, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Ixtapa/Zihuantanejo; Montreal to México City, Cancún, and Puerto Vallarta; Vancouver to Cancún, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Ixtapa/Zihuantanejo; Calgary to Cancún, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Ixtapa/Zihuantanejo; and Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Halifax to Cancún.

Mexicana has a few non-stop flights to México City from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.

Lastly, Japan Airlines has a direct flight from Tokyo to México City via Vancouver.

A quick way to figure out carrier, route, and fare options is to check a few of the Canada-focused travel search websites such as www.expedia.ca or www.travelocity.ca.

The UK & Ireland


The only scheduled non-stop flights from the UK (there are none from Ireland) are from London to México City with Mexicana (Gatwick) and British Airways (Heathrow). Flying from anywhere else in UK or Ireland or to destinations in México other than México City will involve making connections in London, somewhere else in Europe, or in the US.

The quickest and cheapest hubs for connecting through the US are Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and New York. Continental has the most non-stop flights to México from the US; next is American Airlines. Also worth mentioning are Mexicana and Aeroméxico; both have extensive coverage from the US. (For more information on getting to México from the US, read the article "Flying from the US.")

Paris, Madrid, and Frankfurt are all good hubs for non-stop flights to México City: from Madrid try Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Iberia, and Mexicana; from Paris try Aeroméxico and Air France; and from Frankfurt try Lufthansa. Air Berlin flies non-stop to Cancún from numerous locations throughout Europe.

There are frequent charter flights from London, Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, and Manchester to Cancún. Check with local travel agents for flight and vacation packages.

A quick way to figure out carrier, route, and fare options is to check a few of the UK-, Ireland-, and Europe-focused travel search websites such as www.expedia.co.uk, www.travelocity.co.uk, www.opodo.com, and www.ebookers.com.

Australia


There are no non-stop flights from Australia to México. The cheapest single-stop routes usually connect through Los Angeles: from Sydney try Continental, Delta, Qantas, and United; from Melbourne try American Airlines, Qantas, and United; and from Brisbane try American Airlines and Qantas. From Los Angeles, many airlines connect to numerous destinations in México. (For more information on getting to México from the US, read the article "Flying from the US.")

Alternate routes run through South America. From Sydney, LAN and Qantas both fly non-stop to Buenos Aires. (For more information on getting to México from Latin America, read the article "Flying from Latin America.")

Even though there doesn't seem to be much variation in prices, the peak travel times from the southern hemisphere to México are the summer months of June and July and the winter months of December and January.

A quick way to figure out carrier, route, and fare options is to check a few of the Australia-focused travel search websites such as www.zuji.com.au (owned by Travelocity) and www.expedia.com.au.

New Zealand


There are no non-stop flights from New Zealand to México. Just like from Australia, the cheapest single-stop routes usually connect through Los Angeles: from Auckland try American Airlines, Air New Zealand, Continental, Delta, Qantas, and United. From Los Angeles, many airlines connect to numerous destinations in México. (For more information on getting to México from the US, read the article "Flying from the US.")

Alternate routes run through South America. From Auckland, LAN and Qantas both fly non-stop to Santiago and Aerolíneas Argentinas flies non-stop to Buenos Aires. (For more information on getting to México from Latin America, read the article "Flying from Latin America.")

Even though there doesn't seem to be much variation in prices, the peak travel times from the southern hemisphere to México are the summer months of June and July and the winter months of December and January.

A quick way to figure out carrier, route, and fare options is to check a few of the New Zealand-focused travel search websites such as www.travelocity.co.nz and www.expedia.co.nz.

South Africa


There are no non-stop flights from South Africa to México. The straightest line — although not the cheapest — is to fly South African Airways non-stop from Johannesburg to São Paulo and then connect with Aeroméxico non-stop to México City.

An alternate route through the US is to fly Delta non-stop from Johannesburg to Atlanta. From Atlanta, many airlines connect to numerous destinations in México. (For more information on getting to México from the US, read the article "Flying from the US.")

And via Europe, Air France, British Airways, Iberia, Lufthansa, and South African Airways fly non-stop from Johannesburg and Capetown to European hubs, with non-stop connections available to México City and US hubs.

Even though there doesn't seem to be much variation in prices, the peak travel times from the southern hemisphere to México are the summer months of June and July and the winter months of December and January.

A quick way to figure out carrier, route, and fare options is to check a few of the travel search websites such as www.travelocity.com and www.expedia.com.

Latin America


There are non-stop flights from many major cities and capitals in Latin America to México City, as well as few to Cancún.

México's two largest domestic carriers — Mexicana and Aeroméxico — have good coverage throughout Latin America: Mexicana flies non-stop from Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Bogotá, Caracas, San José, Panama City, San Salvador, Guatemala City, and Havana to México City and non-stop from Bogotá and San José to Cancún; Aeroméxico flies non-stop from Buenos Aires, Santiago, São Paulo, Lima, Bogotá, and San José to México City.

In addition to Mexicana and Aeroméxico, try Avianca from Bogotá, Copa from Panama City, TACA from San Salvador, Gol from São Paulo, and Cubana from Havana.

A quick way to figure out carrier, route, and fare options is to check a few of the travel search websites such as www.travelocity.com and www.expedia.com.

Asia


To our knowledge, the only non-stop flights from Asia to México are Aeroméxico's from Tokyo and Shanghai to México City. Although not non-stop, Japan Airlines has a direct flight from Tokyo to México City that stops briefly in Vancouver.

Otherwise, from Asia, just like from Australia and New Zealand, the cheapest single-stop routes usually connect through west coast cities in the US and Canada. From there, many airlines connect to numerous destinations in México. (For more information on getting to México from the US and Canada, read the articles "Flying from the US" and "Flying from Canada.")

From western Asia, going west, via Europe, is an option.

A quick way to figure out carrier, route, and fare options is to check a few of the travel search websites such as www.expedia.com and www.zuji.com (a Travelocity owned site that focuses on travel to, from, and in Asia).

Israel


There are no non-stop flights from Israel to México. The cheapest and quickest single-stop routes are from Tel Aviv to European hubs with connections to México City. Air France, British Airways, El Al, Iberia, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines offer these routes. An alternative route is to fly non-stop from Tel Aviv to either New York or Newark and connect from there to México City. Continental, Delta, and El Al offer routes through one of these airports.

A quick way to figure out carrier, route, and fare options is to check a few of the travel search websites such as www.travelocity.com and www.expedia.com.

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