- Air connectivity with Mexico and the United States continues to improve with a 19% increase in the number of arrivals and departures compared to the month of February.
After a decrease in the number of flights at the beginning of 2021, the “Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz” International Airport—which serves Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit—recorded a positive day in March, with 359 weekly arrivals and a projection of more than 1,400 arrivals for the entire month.
Data provided by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) indicates that despite the cancellation of flights from Canada to this region since Sunday, January 31st, air connectivity with Mexico and the United States continues to improve, with a 19% increase in the number of arrivals and departures with respect to February.
More routes and frequencies
Frontier Airlines resumes operations this month, with two weekly frequencies on its flight from Denver. American is increasing its frequencies to more than double on three of its routes: Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Chicago, although there is a decrease of two frequencies on the flight from Dallas, for a total of 71 arrivals per week.
Other airlines that increased their frequencies include United, with 28 more frequencies compared to February; as well as Southwest, which starts flights from Denver, and Santa Ana with four frequencies per week each.
With respect to domestic airlines, three of them had positive changes including Aeromar, Magnicharter, and Viva Aerobus, while Aeroméxico-Aerolitoral, T.A.R. (Transportes Aéreos Regionales), and Volaris had a slight decrease in the number of flights.
“In addition to reinforcing connectivity with the United States, these flights to the region demonstrate the confidence that travelers have in our tourist destination,” said Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “We’re in constant communication on behalf of the CVB both with the airlines and the Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico for the purpose of sharing information related to the health prevention actions implemented in the destination.”
International airlines with scheduled operations for this month include Alaska; American; Delta; Southwest; United; Sun Country, and Frontier. Meanwhile, domestic airlines flying to this region include Aeromar, T.A.R., Magnicharter, Aeromexico, Aerolitoral, Volaris, and Viva Aerobus.
The Riviera Nayarit is currently connected to eight cities in Mexico, including Monterrey, Tijuana, Queretaro, Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Chihuahua, San Luis Potosi, and Mexico City, as well as the Bajio region.
International destinations with flights for this month include Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, San Jose, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Houston, Denver, Santa Ana, and Newark.
Below is a chart of the new flights announced for the second half of March 2021, including new routes and increased 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.
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) work tirelessly to jointly promote the region with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit through its Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).