- Mexico’s Pacific Treasure remains among the preferred destinations for domestic and international travelers.
- The increase in airline activity is a positive sign for the destination and a sign of confidence from airlines that have served the region for years.
The fight activity in the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit area continues to increase thanks to the gradual reactivation of domestic and foreign airlines, which in September 2020 generated more than 100 flights per week.
According to the Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), which operates the Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (serving both Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit), 11 airlines have restarted their service: seven domestic and four international.
Most of the airlines increased their routes and frequencies, among them Aeroméxico, flying now from Monday through Saturday; Volaris, which restarted its Monterrey flight; and TAR, which increased its frequency from Guadalajara and Aguascalientes, and added flights from San Luis Potosí and Chihuahua. In the case of Interjet, they recently announced a codeshare with Aeromar that will allow them to market the routes jointly.
With respect to international airlines, American Airlines is maintaining its daily flights from Phoenix and Dallas/Ft. Worth and adding in a flight from Los Angeles. Likewise, United Airlines reactivated their flights from Denver, Los Angeles, and Chicago, with one flight on Saturdays and Sundays.
Domestic and international connections
In summary, air connectivity has been reactivated through the month of September with the following domestic cities: Tijuana, Mexico City, León, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Aguascalientes San Luis Potosí, Chihuahua, and San José del Cabo. Meanwhile, US cities that are now connected to the Riviera Nayarit include: Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Dallas, Houston, Denver, and Chicago, and it’s expected that both routes and frequencies will gradually increase.
By the way, American Airlines will introduce the Airbus A321neo planes next October on the Los Angeles – Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit route to replace the smaller capacity A319 planes. This action stems from the demand the route has had, which will of course result in the arrival of more passengers during the upcoming fall season.
“Despite the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand that the region is generating is reflected in the number of flights and in the growing arrival of passengers, both domestic and international. Of course, the number of arrivals does not compare to what we had before the health crisis however, we are confident that with the promotional strategies we have implemented so far, we will have good numbers this winter,” said Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.
It’s important to emphasize that both the airport and the airlines are following protocols and sanitary measures endorsed by the state, national, and international authorities to prevent possible COVID-19 infections. The actions established by GAP, in the case of the air terminal, and by the National Chamber of Air Transport (Canaero), on behalf of the airlines, are at the forefront in order to provide confidence to passengers and encourage the safe use of air transport.
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The following airlines have reactivated their flights to the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit area through September:
|Aeroméxico||CDMX-PVR/RN||(Mon x4, Tues x3, Wed x3, Thu x4, Fri x5, Sa x6).
|Interjet||**Codeshare with Aeromar|
|(Mon x1, Tues x1, Wed x1, Thu x2, Fri x1, Sat x1, Sun x2)
Thu x1, Sun x1
(Thu x1 y Sun x1)
|(Mon x2, Tue x1, Wed x1, Thu x2, Fri x2, Sat x1, Sun x2)
(Mon x1, Tue x1, Wed x1, Thu x2, Fri x2, Sat x1, Sun x2)
Mon x1, Fri x1
(Mon x1, Fri x1)
|(Mon x1, Tue x1, Wed x1, Thu x2, Fri x1, Sat x1, Sun x2)
(Thu x1, Sun x1)
(Ju x1, Do x1)
|Thu x1, Fri x1, Sun x1
|(Sat x1, Sun x1)
|Delta Airlines||LAX-PVR/RN||(Mon x1, Thu x1, Fri x1, Sat x1, Sun x1)|
(Mon x1, Thu x1, Fri x1, Sat, x1, Sun x1)
(Sat x1, Sun x1)
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) and Riviera Nayarit CVB. Numbers to September 2020.
Remember, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure will be there when you’re ready to travel.
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) work together to promote the region with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit through its Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).