Long-haul cheap flights specialist Virgin Atlantic announced plans today to begin a new route from Gatwick Airport to the Mexican holiday resort of Cancun next summer.
From 12 June 2012, Virgin will commence its cheap flights to Cancun from the London hub, leaving Gatwick twice a week. The airline expects initial take-up of seats to amount to some 94,000 passengers, with even more in subsequent years.
Virgin Atlantic has plans to increase the number of leisure services it offers from London Gatwick. Currently it offers cheap flights to the USA and the Caribbean from the airport, serving nine separate destinations in these regions.
Commenting on the new service to Cancun, Virgin Atlantic president Sir Richard Branson declared: “Many customers have asked us to fly direct to this exciting destination over the years. With its superb beaches, great hotels and cultural sites, tourism in Cancun is thriving.”
“We believe that we can drive demand even higher by providing great competition to our rivals with our award winning product and service.”
He went on: “Cancun is one of the top five long-haul leisure destinations for UK travellers, so we are delighted to be able to add this route to the network.”
As Cancun holidays grow in popularity, Virgin Atlantic believes it can add to this success by bringing some $25 million in tourism revenue to the resort every year. It also potentially creates up to 650 aviation and tourism jobs in Mexico itself.
Virgin Holidays managing director Amanda Wills also revealed today that the package holiday arm will support the new route by releasing Virgin’s first ever brochure dedicated solely to Mexico holidays next month, which will feature deals on a wide variety of cheap hotels in Cancun and elsewhere.