A new partnership between Air Canada and the Mexican airline Aeromar will not only make flying between the two countries a more streamlined experience, but it will expand the list of destinations easily available to Canadian travelers. The move was announced in a joint statement from the two airlines yesterday, and could be just the start of a more integrated, fruitful partnership between the two airlines in the future.
The second most popular destination for Canadian travelers, the blossoming partnership could further add to the millions of travelers that visit Mexico already every year. Here’s a closer look at the new partnership between the two airlines, including which new destinations are set to become more readily available to Canadian travelers, what the future may hold for the partnership plus a recap of the entry requirements for travelers flying to Mexico and returning back to Canada.
Air Canada-Aeromar Partnership – Information For Travelers
As well as being the country’s flag carrier, Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, serving more than 210 airports across six of the world’s continents. With Mexico being such a popular destination for Canadian travelers, Air Canada already offers flights to seven different destinations in the country, with flights from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Halifax, Quebec and Winnipeg routinely flying to Mexico City, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Cozumel, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, and Huatulco.
However, following the partnership agreement between Air Canada and the Mexico City-based airline Aeromar, travel to even more destinations across Mexico is about to get much easier. The partnership will allow Air Canada passengers to board Aeromar flights in Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun that head to the following locations:
Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Colima, Ciudad Victoria, Flores/Tikal, Guadalajara, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Ixtepec, Piedras Negras, Puerto Escondido, Tepic, Villahermosa and Havana, Cuba.
The new partnership – set to go live by summer this year – will bring forth the ability for Air Canada passengers to book both Air Canada and Aeromar tickets on the same itinerary. This change is set to make travel to the above locations much easier, quicker and more convenient for travelers, and could lead to many exploring new parts of Mexico in the coming months – and this is only the start of what the airlines are planning.
The two airlines are in talks about developing a code-share agreement, which is a mutually beneficial arrangement that would see both Air Canada and Aeromar market the same flights under their own airline and flight number as part of their published timetable or schedule. Such a move could see Air Canada surpass WestJet as the Canadian airline with the biggest share of the Mexican market. There is also talk of Aeromar flights being worked into Air Canada’s frequent-flyer program in the future.
Speaking about the arrangement, Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada said:
“Mexico is an extremely popular market for Canadian leisure travelers as well as a significant business market due to our countries’ trading relationship. This agreement will advance our strategy to strengthen our major Canadian hubs with connecting traffic. We look forward to deepening our partnership with Aeromar to the benefit of both airlines’ customers.”
Travelers who are heading to Mexico benefit from a complete lack of entry restrictions and requirements, with no testing or vaccination requirements to adhere to. From April 1st, fully vaccinated travelers will not need to provide a test result to enter Canada, though unvaccinated travelers will need to show either a negative antigen test result taken within a day of travel, a negative molecular test taken within 72 hours or proof of recovery to enter the country.
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This article originally appeared on TravelOffPath.com