Mexican authorities hold meeting with Qatar Airways
The objective has been to design the strategy to reactivate air connectivity between Mexico and the main air routes after the suspension of flights due to the outbreak of the pandemic caused by Covid-19
The Secretary of Tourism of the federal government, Miguel Torruco Marqués, today led a virtual working meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Communications and Transport, and Qatar Airways, with the aim of designing the strategy to reactivate air connectivity between Mexico and the main cargo and commercial air routes, after the suspension of flights due to the outbreak of the pandemic caused by Covid-19.
The head of the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) affirmed that the recovery of the Mexican tourism industry depends on the ability of the government, and hand in hand with the private sector, to give people hope to start traveling again, guaranteeing their health security and providing rapid air connectivity with our strategic markets around the world.
"That is why we are working especially to recover our air connectivity as soon as possible, with a special focus on strategic regions such as the Middle East," he said.
He specified that in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic, Mexico received 45.2 million international tourists, which left an economic spill of $ 24.6 billion. In both cases, there were increases of nine percent over the previous year.
However, as there are no direct flights, in 2019 only 136 tourists from Qatar arrived in our country, spending 137 thousand dollars, although another 9 thousand travelers from that region also arrived, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait and Lebanon.
He added that, therefore, it is necessary to think about creating regional hubs for Mexico in that specific area to receive not only tourists, but also tourism investments.
He considered that there could be an air route with a stopover in Milan, to also benefit from the high-level tourist flows from northern Italy, which in 2019 represented 164 thousand travelers, with just over 164 million dollars of spending.
Finally, he asserted to be open to see what plans Qatar Airlines has for Mexico, in order to attract a greater number of tourists and tourism investments, for the benefit of both nations.
For his part, Carlos Morán Moguel, Undersecretary of Transportation of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, highlighted that Qatar Airways has a successful and growing air cargo operation to Mexico and invited them to expand their presence in Mexico with cargo and passenger operations in the new “Felipe Ángeles” International Airport, which will come into operation in the first four months of 2022.