- The region is welcoming 283 flights per week between domestic and international airlines, a very good sign for Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.
The good news “flew” in this November with increased activity at the Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz Airport that serves both Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit. This month it will welcome 1,132 flights, an increase of 21% over October’s numbers.
Airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) announced 16 airlines (7 domestic and 9 international) will be flying into the region this month, with an average of 42 flights per day.
The Riviera Nayarit restarted its tourism activity in early June, and even though current occupancy rates are being held to 30%, the re-opening has been well-received by travelers.
New routes and frequencies
With respect to the international airlines servicing the destination, American Airlines was the only company that did not cancel all of its flights when the health emergency was first announced. During the week of November 7th through the 13th this US-based airline will offer even more frequencies on its Dallas-PVR/RN route, plus an additional flight on the Phoenix-PVR/RN route, for a total of 37 flights. The airline is expected to operate a total of 148 flights this month.
Delta Airlines is also restarting its operations on the Atlanta-PVR/RN route with three weekly frequencies, plus the Salt Lake City-PVR/RN with four frequencies. The LAX-PVR-RN route will keep its seven frequencies, for a total of 14 weekly services. It will operate an estimated 56 frequencies for the month.
Alaska Airlines maintains its 31 flights per week, connecting Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, San Jose, Portland, and San Francisco. It will operate 124 flights during the November.
Likewise, Southwest Airlines added two frequencies from Phoenix this week for a total of nine and is maintaining seven flights on its Houston-PVR/RN route. The airline is projected to have 64 flights in service by the end of the month.
United Airlines—connecting with Chicago, Houston, Newark, Denver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles—will be adding the most frequencies in one week at 21, for a total of 54 flights per week or 216 per month.
Canadian airlines are back
The airport has four Canadian airlines registered to begin operations this month: West Jet, Swoop, Air Canada, and Air Transat, with nine weekly flights among them from Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal, for a total of 36 flights for the month.
On the domestic front, Aeroméxico has six weekly services to the region via Mexico City (one more than in October). Aerolitoral has 23 flights connecting with Mexico City. TAR (Transportes Aéreos Regionales) has 20 flights from Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, and San Luis Potosí. Aeromar are operating 14 weekly flights, connecting the region from Guadalajara.
Viva Aerobús will offer 29 services (three more than in October), bringing up the total to 116 for the month, connecting with Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Tijuana.
Volaris is operating 28 weekly flights (eight more than in October), from Mexico City, Tijuana, Bajío, and Querétaro, while Magnicharters offers two flights per week to this region from Monterrey.
“We’re very happy to see that the Riviera Nayarit remains among the preferred destinations for domestic and international travelers. Despite the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand the region is generating is reflected in the number of flights and the increase in passengers,” expressed Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The increase in flights is a positive for the destination and a sign of trust from the airlines that have provided service to this region for years.
Below is a calendar of flights for the second week of November:
Remember, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure will be here when you can travel again.
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).