Canadian airlines return to the Riviera Nayarit

  • Air Canada, Swoop, Transat, and Sunwing will gradually resume their services in addition to WestJet, which restarted flights on June 5th.

After four months of inactivity, the leading Canadian airlines have begun to fly to Mexico and its tourist destinations, including Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.

For the record, in January 2021, the Government of Canada tightened its measures against Covid-19 and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that all flights to Mexico and the Caribbean would be suspended until April 30th to curb the spread of the disease. However, the suspension continued, and it was not until June 5th that WestJet resumed operations, with one flight a week from Calgary.

Since then, air connectivity with the region is being restored gradually through the “Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz” International Airport, which serves Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit.

Swoop returns in the fall

In addition to WestJet, ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop has just announced that it will restart operations this fall season, with flights throughout Canada to other “sunny and fun destinations” in the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico, including the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.

Swoop returns on October 5th with the Hamilton-Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit and Edmonton-Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit routes. On November 3rd it will resume the Abbotsford-Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit and Toronto-Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit routes. Finally, on November 4th, it will inaugurate the Winnipeg-Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit route.


Below please find the itineraries:

Route                                    Frequency / Days                       Start date

YHM – PVR/RN                      (Tues, Fri                                            Oct 5

YEG – PVR/RN                       Tue, Fri, Sun                                      Oct 5

YXX – PVR/RN                        Wed, Sat                                            Nov 3

YYZ – PVR/RN                        Wed, Sun                                            Nov 3

YWG – PVR/RN                      Mon, Thu                                            Nov 4

Important foreign market

Meanwhile, Air Canada informed that it would resume the Vancouver-Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit route as of August 1st. Likewise, Transat plans to restart its flights from Toronto and Montreal as of November, leaving only Sunwing pending.

Canada represents the second most important foreign market for the Riviera Nayarit, after the United States. Tourists from that country stand out for their extended stays during the winter, and it is one of the best performers in the region in recent years.

From charming coastal towns like Sayulita to sophisticated resorts like Punta Mita, the Riviera Nayarit attracts Canadian travelers through an unprecedented offer that has them visiting this region again and again.


“Every year, thousands of Canadians travel to this region to escape the intense winter cold. Once they arrive, they find an enviable climate, the most beautiful beaches, safety, and, of course, a high-quality hotel offer,” said Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).


The Riviera Nayarit is a safe destination. Our hotels, restaurants, and tourist establishments follow all the health protocols established by the Federal Government’s Ministry of Health and operate 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 tirelessly to jointly promote the region with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit through its Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).