Beginning this May, Aeromexico flights to and from Cozumel will be discontinued.
The announcement comes on the heels of failed meetings between the airline directors and the town’s mayor. Riviera-maya-news.com reports that major Perla Cecilia Tun Pech has not expressed interest in attending the meeting with Aeromexico officials in order to renew their agreement. Reports also say that she has not promoted the island on a national level, resulting in a decrease in passengers, which is another factor that led the cancellation of flights.
The last Aeromexico flight to the destination will be Sunday, April 30.
Aeromexico flights to the island began in October 2015 with 50-passenger planes. Within a few months, those had increased to 150-passgenger Airbus A320s. There is speculation that one Saturday flight per week may remain via a Mexico City stopover as well as one Atlanta flight that will land in Cozumel. If the airline approves of these flights, they would likely only be offered during June, July and August.
Aeromexico has already removed flights to Cozumel from May 1 and beyond as an option.
In additional news, Aeromexico will offer daily nonstop service from Mexico City and Monterrey to Detroit Metropolitan Airport beginning May 1. Currently, Delta offers daily flights between the cities (giving travelers two total daily flights). Delta owns 36.2 percent of Aeromexico and is currently looking to finalize a joint cooperation agreement with the airline. As part of the agreement, the airlines agreed to divest 24 slots pairs at Mexico City International Airport and four pairs at JFK International Airport.
Delta additionally wants to put its code on Aeromexico’s Mexico City flights to Denver and Austin, while Aeromexico seeks to add its own code on several Delta flights between Cancun, and Columbus.
For travelers looking for another way to get to Cozumel, Volaris will begin flights between the island and Guadalajara on June 25. The flight will be made on an Airbus A320 with a capacity for 189 passengers.