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Top U.S. airlines reducing flights to Mexican resort cities due to increased cartel violence

August 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Top U.S. airlines reducing flights to Mexican resort cities due to increased cartel violence

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Many leading airline companies in the United States are decreasing the number of flights departing to Mexican resort cities due to reports of out of control cartel violence and growing passenger fears.

Reports of violence in Mexican resort cities such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen decreased the demand for airline seats. As a result, many airlines have revealed that they are reducing the amounts of scheduled flights to the resorts, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Some tourists reported being robbed after they blacked out even though they had only one drink.

In May, 50 people were killed in the once serene resort of Cancun. At that point, over 200 people were murdered in the well-known beach town. In mid-April, two cartel associates began shooting at the beach from jet skis. A few days prior, nine people were slain in just 24-hours.

Playa del Carmen has also been subjected to cartel-linked violence. A drug cartel took responsibility for an explosion that tore through a passenger ferry in February. The explosion left 25 people wounded — including seven U.S. citizens.

Last month, cartel hitmen executed Mexican reported Ruben Pat Cahuich as he sat outside of a bar. He was the 11th journalist to be killed in Mexico this year.

United, Delta, American, and Spirit Airlines have all announced that they have seen a diminished demand for seats to Mexican resort airports and as a result, they have or will cut back on the number of flights departing to these destinations.

Referring to its quarterly earnings statistics, American Airlines President Robert Isom said that the business was doing well with its Latin American routes “with the exception of Mexico pleasure markets.”

Spirit Airlines also talked about decreased travel demands, especially to Cancun. “There’s been a lot of travel advisories for Cancun and other destinations,” Spirit’s chief commercial officer, Matt Klein, told investors in an earnings discussion. “The most impactful is Cancun for sure. And those advisories have been out there all year.”

Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States have all issued travel advisories advising of the dangers of violence in Cancun and its neighboring beach resort areas.

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