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Mexico-San Juan Airline Route Expands Intra-Caribbean Travel Options

Destination & Tourism | Brian Major | May 06, 2015

Mexico-San Juan Airline Route Expands Intra-Caribbean Travel Options

PHOTO: Volaris’ new airline service will expand travel to historic San Juan. (Photo by Brian Major).

Intra-Caribbean air service received a significant boost this week with the announcement of new direct airline service between Cancun, Mexico and San Juan, Puerto Rico aboard Mexican carrier Volaris.

The new flights were announced by Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. Weekly departures will begin July 2 and operate in Thursdays and Sundays, with connections to Mexico City.

"The arrival of Volaris to Puerto Rico is part of PRTC’s efforts to expand air access to our destination,” she said. “With this achievement, we restore the direct connection of our island to Mexico, the Latin American country that sends the most visitors to Puerto Rico.”

“Including Puerto Rico within the range of destinations offered at Volaris responds to our expansion strategy in the region,” said Holger Blankenstein, Volaris’ chief commercial officer.

An official at Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport said the new flights will also impact Puerto Rico’s cruise-ship operations. “The inclusion of Volaris as part of operations positions us as the leading destination for cruise travel in the Caribbean,” said Agustin Arellano, chief executive officer of Aerostar Airport Holdings, the airport’s management company. “With its twice-a-week operation, it undoubtedly offers the best options for the varied tourism generated in Puerto Rico.”

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