The Riviera Nayarit increases flights and routes in December

  • Top domestic and international airlines are increasing their services to the region in December, reaching over 1,200 flights.

The tourist reactivation in the Riviera Nayarit is going well and on point with the increase in activity at the Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, which will welcome approximately 1,200 flights during December, an increase of 7% over November.

According to a report published by the Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), the operator of the air terminal that serves both Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit, a total of 301 weekly domestic and international flights have been registered through the second week of December. The same number of flights are projected for the following weeks.

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This activity, coupled with the recent announcement that the Rivera Nayarit hotels will be able to operate at 50% capacity (after 6 months at 30%), will allow the destination to remain among the most-visited in the country, pandemic notwithstanding.


“The consistent increase of flight activity continues to be good news for our region; we’ve seen the connectivity to the main cities of origin for tourists from the United States and Canada improve substantially, as have connections with the main cities in Mexico, something that will undoubtedly continue to grow during the winter season,” said Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).


Increase in international routes and frequencies

Top airlines are increasing their frequencies and routes to the region; among these are six US companies that are operating 15 connections from Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, San Jose, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Houston, Newark, and Denver. This, in addition to four Canadian airlines with flights from Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, and Comox, as well as seven domestic airlines, connecting the region with Mexico City, Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, San Luis Potosí, Monterrey, Tijuana, Querétaro, and the Bajío region.

Delta Airlines added two frequencies to its Atlanta route and one from Salt Lake City; it also added a Minneapolis route with five frequencies per week, for a total of 22.

Sun Country is restarting its flights to the region, with one weekly frequency from Minneapolis. United remains one of the airlines with the most frequencies to the destination, with direct flights from Chicago, Houston, Newark, Denver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, with 51 frequencies per week.

As for the Canadian airlines, West Jet starts its Comox route this week with one frequency, in addition to its five frequencies on the Calgary route and one from Vancouver. Swoop added one frequency on its Edmonton route; Air Canada is doubling it frequencies over last month with its Vancouver and Toronto routes; and Air Transat has added a frequency on the Montreal route.

Domestic flights remain strong

The domestic airlines aren’t lagging far behind: Aeroméxico and its alliance with Aeroliteral will go from operating 29 frequencies per week last month to 32 frequencies in December.

Volaris is maintaining its routes from Mexico City, Tijuana, the Bajío region, and Querétaro, with 33 frequencies per week, adding an additional frequency from Mexico City and two from Tijuana; the airline is also adding a route from Monterrey with two weekly frequencies.

Aeromar is adding two frequencies to its Guadalajara Route; TAR is keeping its 20, as well as Viva Aerobus with 29, and Magnicharters with two weekly frequencies.


Please see below for a list of the airlines that have reactivated their flights to the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region through December, as well as the number of frequencies:



The Riviera Nayarit is a safe destination. Hotels, restaurants, and tourist establishments are following all the health protocols established by the Federal Government’s Ministry of Health and operating at the allowed capacities. Access to the beaches is limited. Be a responsible tourist: wear your mask and keep your distance.


We’re ready!



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).