AP -Mexico’s consumer agency has announced fines and new rules meant to protect travelers from airlines. The federal consumer prosecutor’s office fined five airlines more than $1.2 million (22.4 million pesos) for charging passengers to check their first bag for flights to the United States and Canada originating in Mexico City.
Oregonian – Aeroméxico will now fly out of Portland International Airport, making nonstop service to Mexico City available through a partnership with Delta Air Lines, the carriers announced.
VOA – China Southern Airlines has flown its inaugural Guangzhou to Mexico City flight, via Vancouver, the first route operated by a domestic Chinese carrier to the Latin American nation.
NPR – Activists in Mexico are taking aim at male riders of the capital city’s packed public transit system. They are hoping that a new, provocative campaign that includes a good dose of shock and shame will change men’s behavior toward female transit customers. Activists outfitted a subway car with nude male torso on a single seat back and prominent genitalia where riders would sit.
CNTraveler – Aeromexico just made it a bit easier to book a summer trip to Mexico, by offering round-trip fares starting at $144. The low fares are good for at least 12 cities in the U.S., including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and more.
Bangkok Post – China Southern Airlines will offer a new flight option from Bangkok to Mexico City, one that will significantly cut travel time between both ends. The airline, Asia’s largest, said the shorter travel time — 7-14 hours shorter than flights by other operators — is possible with the launch of a new service to the Mexican capital on April 10.
Men’s Journal -Sure, Mexico City’s artistic credentials, cultural cool, and Old World traditions (not to mention its taquerias) are enough to entertain tourists for a short lifetime. But what if you want to go hiking? After all, Mexico City is nestled among the towering Cordillera Neovolcánica mountain range (which includes three of Mexico’s tallest summits, including the 18,491-foot Pico de Orizaba) and dozens of lakes. Indeed, two hours in any direction from the city will land you in flowering alpine meadows, tall pine forests, or cracked ridges fit for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. From the 11,000-foot Pass of Cortes to a 400-year-old monastery tucked away in the mountains, here are four of the area’s best hikes.
Seeking Alpha – Alaska Air Group was the winner of new slots to fly into Mexico City from San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Jet Blue, Southwest, Volaris also add slots.
Fox – Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico agreed to divest up to 24 slot pairs at Mexico City’s highly congested airport. The U.S. Department of Transportation will allocate 14 of these Mexico City slot pairs to low-fare airlines this year.
Huff Post – Mexico has been named the #1 retirement destination on International Living’s 2017 Global Retirement Index. Despite the current political and economic noise from the U.S., Mexico is still the perfect choice for millions of U.S., Canadian, and other expats as well.
San Diego Union-Tribune – Southwest Airlines announced Tuesday it will start flying to Los Cabos from San Diego in April, marking the airline’s first nonstop service between Lindbergh Field and Mexico.
Telegraph – Mexico has experienced many post-colonial revolutions. Today, two centuries after Independence, there’s another one, spurred on by innovative local chefs, hoteliers, architects, designers, eco-vintners and craft distillers who are redefining Mexican identity – many reclaiming their indigenous roots.
The Daily Mail – Mexico’s festivities for the annual Dead of the Dead holiday (Diá de Muertos in Spanish) will kick off in less than two weeks, which means now is the perfect time for some travel tips. If you haven’t made any plans, consider this a guide for a last-minute getaway… or for a Day of the Dead 2017 trip planned well in advance.
Sentido Comun – Grupo Aeroméxico will start the operation of the Monterrey-Detroit route from Jan. 10 next year, which will add to the 17 destinations that it has the United States.
Hospitality Net – AC Hotel Guadalajara has opened its doors, inviting guests and locals alike to experience A New Way to Hotel in Mexico, catering to the creativity, passion, and entrepreneurial spirit of a new generation of travelers.
Maxim – Cabo’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso, already one of Mexico’s poshest resorts, has just opened a new $35,000 per night private mansion that’s now the most expensive, exclusive and luxurious escape in the country, as well as one of the world’s most expensive hotel accommodations.
Travel and Leisure – The three Mexico City hotels that most charmed T+L readers this year are all in spitting distance of Chapultepec Park. Las Alcobas, second on the list, offers easy access to shopping and trendy restaurants. The Four Seasons, No. 3, and our winner, the St. Regis, also earn top marks for location.
AP – The United States Embassy in Mexico has warned its citizens about travel to Oaxaca, a southern state convulsed by protests in recent weeks. The message was issued after eight people were killed in a weekend clash between protesters and police in Nochixtlan.
Sentido Comun – AeroMexico Group announced the indefinite suspension of its flights between Mexico City and Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, due to the complex economic environment prevailing in that country.
Sentido Comun – Aeromexico announced the launch of a pilot program that will offer Netflix to its passengers on some of its flights in Mexico, Central and South America.