NYT – Mixologists across Mexico City are making their mark through artful presentations, unusual ingredients and unique bar design. Here, a shortlist of the city’s most exceptional places to imbibe.
Cayman Compass -Cayman Airways is unable to fly over Mexico because of back fees the country claims it is owed for flights more than a decade ago. The airline was working to resolve the issue, which is a problem for several airlines in the Caribbean and Latin American region.
Business Journal – Southwest Airlines Co. terminated its nonstop service between San Antonio and Mexico City this month, a decision that marks a setback for local leaders who are working to improve the market’s air connectivity.
Sentido Comun – Fibra Hotel, the property investment trust specializing in hotels for business travelers, opened its first hotel in Latin America under the brand AC by Marriot in Queretaro.
San Diego Union-Tribune – Uber will launch Passport, its first cross-border service, offering one-way transportation from San Diego across the San Ysidro border to anywhere in the northern Baja California region, which extends as far south as Ensenada and as far east as Mexicali.
Sentido Comun – Grupo AeroMexico began operating a new route connecting Mexico City to Santo Domingo, capital of Dominican Republic, its 16th destination in Latin America.
Travel Pulse – It’s no secret that one of the primary reasons to visit Mexico is to indulge in its mouthwatering cuisine. While Mexico City’s lively markets and taco stands are always worth a visit, the capital city also boasts an overwhelming number of must-visit restaurants. Here are 10 to try right now:
Sentido Comun – Low-cost airline Interjet said that in the next two months it will open two new international routes to Havana and Los Angeles, starting from Merida and Cancun, respectively.
Hospitality – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts plans to open a JW Marriott in Monterrey, set to debut in 2019. The 250-room luxury hotel will be designed and dedicated to showcasing Monterrey’s modern, urban environment and local traditions.
Sentido Comun – Volaris is launching a new route that will connect Culiacan in Sinaloa state to Phoenix, Ariz. Flights, which will operate Mondays and Fridays, will start May 27.
Sentido Comun – Volaris announced the launch in June of a new destination that will connect Monterrey with Chicago, the first international route for a t low-cost airline from Monterrey.
CNNExpansion – With the new bilateral air agreement between Mexico and the United States, Mexico’s Aeromexico expects to increase flights by 17 percent, about 7,500 additional trips a year, together with Delta.
Nikkei – All Nippon Airways will start daily direct flights between Japan and Mexico in the second half of fiscal 2016, tapping surging demand for business travel as Japanese companies make inroads into the country.
Sentido Comun – Interjet is adding daily except Saturday flights between Mexico and Dallas-fort Worth starting March 3 as part of its strategy to strengthen its presence in the U.S.
Caron – The U.S. State Department is renewing its warning to Americans headed to Mexico that they risk being murdered, carjacked or kidnapped by armed gangs in certain Mexican states. There were 100 U.S. citizens murdered in Mexico in 2014 and 81 the year before that.
CNNExpansión – During December, Grupo Aeromexico transported 1,654,000 passengers, an increase of 10.5 percent over last year,. International passengers grew 17.2 percent, while domestic passengers rose 7.3 percent.
CNNExpansión – The Mexico-Acapulco highway or the Autopsist del Sol will have a 50 percent discount from Dec. 23 to Jan 4. The route (about 465 kilometers) will cost 185 pesos instead of 370 pesos.
By Susan Carey and Laurence Iliff / Wall Street Journal
The U.S. and Mexico reached a liberal air treaty that would clear the way for airlines on both sides of the border to set their own prices and fly any routes they choose between the two nations with unlimited frequency.
The treaty, signed Friday by transportation ministers from the two countries after two years of negotiations, still must be ratified by the Mexican senate. Officials from both nations said that if implemented it would increase traffic and enhance competition, benefiting fliers.
The accord “lays the groundwork to take advantage to the maximum of the boom in the airline industry happening in both countries,” said Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico’s transportation and communications minister. The treaty encourages code-sharing among U.S. and Mexican carriers and would boost the overall number of fliers between the nations, Mr. Ruiz Esparza said.
Thomas Engle, U.S. State Department deputy assistant secretary for transportation affairs, said the agreement eliminates rules that limited service to just two or three airlines from each country on about 30 cross-border routes. The enhanced competition “should help keep fares affordable,” Engle said.
Mexico was one of the largest countries with which the U.S. lacked a modernized air accord. Others include Russia and China. The U.S. currently has 118 so-called Open Skies air treaties with foreign governments. Although U.S. officials said the Mexico accord doesn’t follow that model, they said it removes all the barriers in the current, restrictive U.S.-Mexico agreement.
Sentido Comun – Wyndham Hotel Group opened its first Baymont Inn & Suites in Mexico, the 400th of the brand with a presence in the US and Canada and plans to expand into Latin America.
Sentido Comun – Aeromexico plans to begin three weekly direct flights from Mexico City to Amsterdam May 2016 as part of its strategy to increase international destinations.