New Aeroméxico Mexico to Belize flights are landing at Belize Cities Philip S.W. Goldson Airport. Enthusiastic crowds including diplomats, government officials, and members of the travel and hospitality industry, met the inaugural flights.
After three years of intense negotiations, Aeroméxico agreed to begin flying to Belize City from their hub in Mexico City. Between November 17 to April 28, 2019, Aeroméxico will fly twice weekly to Belize each Saturday and Sunday. Aircraft will be a 99-seater Embraer 190 jet.
Flights depart Mexico City each Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Belize City at 10:30 a.m. Flights depart Belize City each Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and arrive n Mexico City at 2:25 p.m.
“These new flights are an important milestone for the people of Mexico, and we believe they will strengthen the ties between our two countries,” said Carlos Quesnel, the Mexican Ambassador to Belize.
Aeroméxico’s new flights to Belize mark the company’s 50th international destination. Additionally, Mexico City has an estimated population of more than eight million people. Thus it is the second-largest city in the Western Hemisphere after São Paulo, Brazil.
Aeroméxico is Mexico’s flag carrier and operates long-distance flights around the globe, including to Europe and Asia. These new flights will make it easier for Mexicans, as well as vacationers in Mexico, to visit Belize. Additionally, they will also be able to connect to flights to Europe and Asia without having to stop over in the United States.
New Aeroméxico flight maxing out air traffic
And while the new Aeroméxico flights were warmly welcomed by high-level representatives of both the Mexican and Belizean governments, the result is that the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City is now operating at maximum capacity.
Belizean authorities will need to upgrade existing airports in Placencia or Ambergris Caye so that they can receive international flights. Currently, these two airports receive emergency diversions from Belize City.
Manuel Heredia, the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation in Belize was the chief negotiator for the government in licensing the new Aeroméxico flights. Speaking to 7 News Belize, Minister Heredia says that licensing issues around airports like Placencia and San Pedro need to be dealt with before upgrade plans can be considered.
Minister Heredia has authorized a few charter international flights from Guatemala to land in Placencia. Landings are on a case-by-case basis as work lies ahead before the airport can regularly receive large body aircraft.