The Mexican Congress approved changes to the Civil Aviation Law, in order to improve the piloting of aircraft.
This frequency of operations will represent an increase of 18% compared to the first half of last November.
In the first half of December, Puerto Vallarta's international airport has 673 domestic and international flights scheduled to arrive, which represents an 18% increase compared to the first fortnight of November when there were 639 operations, reported Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. The number of flights began to rebound since June, when a gradual reopening of economic activities began to take place in this destination. In June only 322 flights arrived, in July 597, by August 717 were received, in September the figure dropped to 682, in October 1006, and the total for November was 1323 flights.
The days with the highest number of operations are Saturdays, then Sundays and Fridays. Just last weekend, the last of November, 161 flights arrived at a rate of 43 on Friday, 62 on Saturday and 56 on Sunday. From the data provided by GAP, United Airlines has had the highest number of flights, with 141 operations, and at a national level is Aeromexico, which registered more than 80 frequencies in the first half of the year.
In this regard, Luis Villaseñor Nolasco, interim director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Promotion and Advertising Trust, commented that the data is very revealing that gradual progress is being made towards tourism recovery. It is a sign of the trust this destination generates among its visitors. In this sense, he pointed out that the hotels report good reservation trends for December, particularly from the 16th to the 31st, and now all efforts are focused on increasing sales as of January 2021 and having the best possible winter. In the air market, it is necessary to increase frequencies for the coming period, so demand is already forcing airlines to request more spaces and flight hours.
United Airlines has confirmed the increase of flights on its route from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta from seven to 10 weekly frequencies, as proof of the notorious increase in the demand of North American travelers from California starting next summer.
In addition to this destination, the increase of flights from Los Angeles will be to Cancun and Los Cabos in Mexico, in view of the summer vacation season for which thousands of Americans have declared their intentions to travel to the beaches of our country. With these new flights in June, United will be operating new international non-stop routes from Los Angeles compared to 2019, which demonstrates the performance of the airline, with its hub in that Californian city, according to the company. United will increase from two to three daily flights to Cancun and from seven to 11 to Los Cabos per week.
The company will be arriving in Cozumel with one daily flight per week. As well as to Manzanillo and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo in Mexico, and will also begin seasonal flights to Central America with new routes to Belize. Throughout the pandemic, United has consistently been demand-driven and has adjusted its schedule to where customers want to travel," said Alberto Diaz, chief operating officer of United. Said Alberto Diaz, United's director of operations at LAX. "In recent months, we have seen solid demand from our customers in Los Angeles to reunite with friends and family in Latin America, or to escape to warm-weather destinations where they can still distance themselves socially. These new routes and increased service to destinations in Mexico and Latin America highlight the continued expansion of our network and solidify our confidence in Los Angeles as a growing market."
Reduced Cost Covid-19 PCR and AntiGen testing now available 24 hours at Puerto Vallarta Airport
According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) order that took effect on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, every passenger bound for the United States of America, must complete a covid-19 PCR or Antigen screening test, within 72 hours prior to boarding your flight to the United States and carry the results electronically or on paper to be presented to the airline prior to travel.
For this reason Puerto Vallarta Airport (GAP) facilitates the installation of the Polanco Medical Laboratory on a temporary basis as one more option for passengers that travel to our destination.
GAP recommends arriving with enough time to take your flight and previously perform, If possible, the documentation and requirements to fly. If the passengers wish to be tested at the airport, at least an additional hour must be added to their travel itinerary from the airline's recommended time.
In addition, GAP suggests that passengers check with their airline for government requests and to learn about possible changes to their flight itinerary.
For international passengers, the antigen test will cost 450 pesos with a delivery time of 30 minutes, while the PCR test will cost 1,450 pesos, with a delivery time of 24 hours to 48 hours.
Payment must be by credit card or if preferred cash in dollars or Mexican pesos.
The laboratory will be open 24 hours a day beginning January 29th is currently operating on this schedule.
To take the test, passengers must present themselves personally and show their personal identification such as passport, to verify that they are an international passenger as well as show their flight number to receive the discounted pricing provided.
The results will be delivered via email, and for the test it is requested not to wear jewelry in the nose, as well as not to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.