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United Airlines will resume its Houston (HOU) to Merida (MID) route as of Dec. 1, with four weekly flights and a possible increase to daily flights on Dec. 17 for the holiday season. This means about 166 available seats, with a possible 2,490 by the end of 2020. Currently, the route is confirmed until the first quarter of 2021, subject to changes that may arise due to COVID-19.

This is the second route connecting the U.S. with the Mexican destination. American Airlines reactivated its Miami- Merida route on Oct. 8, increasing frequencies to daily flights as of Nov. 4.

The state of Yucatan started the gradual recovery of its air frequencies beginning June 11 as part of the economic reactivation of the state. Among national routes with increased frequencies are flights by various carriers between Merida and Mexico City, Guadalajara, Veracruz, Tijuana, Tuxtla, Monterrey and Cancun.

The state’s Ministry of Tourism has been working on the reactivation of flights to Merida’s international airport, reporting a considerable increase in the number of frequencies each month since June. This has resulted in nine national and two international routes, representing 18,089 seats available on 121 flights, which is equivalent to 54.1 percent recovery of the weekly seat offer to the state of Yucatan, compared to the data recorded up to February of this year, prior to COVID-19.

From March 24 to Oct. 27 of this year, arriving flights at Merida’s international airport registered an average occupancy of 45.9 percent, which means a recovery of 33.4 percentage points in this indicator, registered during the last seven months of the year.

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