Eleven commercial airlines, both national and international, gradually restarted operations in June, landing at the Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport and reconnecting the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region with top cities in Mexico and the United States.
After a 4-month hiatus, the airlines are contributing to the economic and tourist reactivation of the destination during the so-called “new normal,” while adopting to the protocols and preventive measures indicated by the corresponding health authorities.
According to information issued by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), domestic airlines that began operations towards the end of the first semester of 2020 include Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris, Aeromar, Viva Aerobus, TAR, and Magnicharters; international carriers include American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines. Low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines will also begin to fly in October.
As a result, connectivity has been reestablished with the following cities in Mexico: Mexico City, Tijuana, Leon, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Aguascalientes, and San Jose del Cabo. U.S. cities include Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Dallas, and Houston. A gradual increase in both routes and frequencies is expected.
The airport and the airlines are both following protocols and health measures endorsed by the state, national, and international authorities to avoid possible COVID-19 contagion. These actions—established by GAP for the airport, and by the National Chamber of Air Transport (Canaero) for airlines—are key to inspiring confidence in travelers and incentivizing the safe use of air transportation.
An improved Outlook
In March 2020, right before the COVID-19 health emergency hit, the number of domestic and foreign passengers arriving at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport had reached 369,600. During the worst months of the pandemic, April and May, there were barely 10,600 and 12,500 passengers, respectively. However, the outlook improved with the gradual reopening of hotels in June, with the number of arrivals more than doubling to 35,900, with July closing at 99,100.
Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, sees the increase in flight activity as a positive signal for the destination and a sign of confidence on behalf of airlines that have served the region for years. And though it might currently be a challenge to reach the number of flights and frequencies that were registered before the pandemic, recovery is definitely underway, with a positive outlook for the end of the year.
The following is a list of airlines that have restarted service to the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region through August:
Wed x1, Sat x1
|Delta Airlines||LAX-PVR/RN||Wed x1, Sat x1, Sun x1|
Mon x1, Wed x1, Fri x1, Sat x1
|Aeroméxico||CDMX-PVR/RN||Thu to Mon x5, Tues x3, Wed x2|
|Interjet||CDMX-PVR/RN||Thu x1, Sa x1, Tues x1|
|1 daily1 daily|
Thu x1, Sun x1
|Aeromar||GDL-PVR/RN||Mon x2, Tues x1, Thu x1, Fri x1, Sat x2, Sun x1|
|1 daily1 daily|
Mon x1, Fri x1
|TAR||GDL-PVR/RNAGU-PVR/RN||Mon x1, Wed x1, Thu x1, Fri x1Mon x1, Wed x1, Thu x1, Fri x1|
|Thu x1, Sun x1Thu x1, Sun x1|
Thu x1, Sun x1