The new British Airways flights that began to Cancun, Mexico, last month have proved so popular that the UK carrier has had to increase the number of scheduled flights.
British Airways began the new route with two flights a week, but an extra flight will be added from March 2011.
The inaugural flight to the Mexican resort departed on November 03, operated by a Boeing 777, offering a choice of three cabins including BA’s Club World business class with fully flat beds.
The plane was welcomed on arrival by the airport fire service performing a water-cannon salute, after having being sent off from London Gatwick by a Mariachi band.
At a gala dinner at the Banyan Tree hotel which celebrated the inaugural flight, BA’s chief finance officer Keith WilliamsÂ addressed guests, including Mexico’s minister of tourism, British Ambassador Judith Macgregor, her Mexican counterpart Eduardo Medina Mora along with the the media and local dignitaries.
Mr Williams explained that the decision to start the flights to Cancun was because of the choice the destination offers, not just in terms of the hotels, but the country’s heritage along the Yucatan Pensinsula. “We know that choice is hugely important to our customers,” he said “And that is why we are so pleased to offer Cancun — it has so much.”
Prior to the launch of the new route, Richard Tams, head of BA UK & Ireland sales and marketing, said: “We’re delighted to be the only UK scheduled airline offering direct flights to Cancun. With sweeping beaches, innovative parks, relaxing spas, sports on land and sea, fabulous hotels and unique opportunities to explore the ancient Mayan culture, the Yucatan peninsula truly offers something for everyone.”
British Airways offers travelers a wide variety of hotels in Cancun to fit all tastes and budgets. Customers can enjoy luxury at the 5 star Banyan Tree Mayakoba, which blends modern Asian and Mexican design set in the Mexican Caribbean in the exclusive area of the Riviera Maya.
Or travellers can stay at the 4.5 star Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort and Spa, serenely placed on a secluded beach. And then the comfortable and affordable ocean-front 3 star Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas, just five minutes from downtown Cancun, is the ideal resort for couples and families to holiday in Cancun.
The resort is currently hosting the 12-day UN climate conference this month, November 29 to December 10.
Flights and holidays to Cancun are available on ba.com/cancun.
British Airways flies to domestic, European and longhaul destinations from Gatwick airport.
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