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Tomorrow the Toronto-Mérida route will be reactivated

- November 22, 2023

The West Jet airline will resume its temporary connection once a week.

The Canadian airline would bring at least 9,000 Canadians this winter season.

Tomorrow, the West Jet airline will resume its temporary Toronto-Mérida connection once a week, to transport dozens of Canadian visitors who usually stay in Yucatán during the winter season.

It is estimated that this year, about 9 thousand people will fly from the central region of Canada to spend the night on the beaches of the Yucatecan coast for four months, which allows an important economic benefit for the service providers in Progreso, Telchac and Sisal, which are the most attractive points for travelers.

The flights were reactivated this November 2022, after almost two years of cancellation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so many Canadian visitors stopped coming or had to do so through the routes from Canada to Cancun.

This intermittent transfer began operations in 2015, with four consecutive periods, until before the suspension in March 2020, due to control measures and containment of infections due to the pandemic.

The airline’s report indicates that the route registered 77 percent average occupancy on arrival and departure flights from the International Airport of the City of Mérida.

The aircraft used for the WestJet flight between Mérida and Toronto are B737-700 and B737-800, with capacity for 142 and up to 174 passengers, respectively.

Airport authorities reported that the route allows for the inclusion of a new international connection to Mérida, which is currently connecting seven international destinations and increasing opportunities for dozens of travelers who fly to stay in Yucatán for three to four months.

According to Sefotur data, Canadian tourism is the third most important in Yucatan, only below American and European visitors.

During the winter season of 2022, about 10,000 Canadians arrived in our state, staying in beach houses and condominiums from Chuburná to Telchac Puerto, Sisal, Celestún and Río Lagartos.

The state agency indicated that tourists leave an economic impact estimated at 100 million dollars during the four winter months – high season -, which were distributed among the real estate, restaurant, retail and vehicle rental sectors.

Source: Novedades Yucatan