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Airlines serving the China-Mexico international niche
The three airlines operating direct trans-Pacific flights between Mexico and China are Aeromexico, China Southern AIrlines and Hainan Airlines.
Aeroméxico recently announced it would withdraw its Mexico City (MEX-PVG) Shanghai Pudong services as part of a fleet re-organization due to the grounding -in March, 2019- of its 6 x Boeing MAX 8 aircraft and has chosen to concentrate more on its newly launched -June 15, 2019- services to Barcelona, its second Spanish destination. See flights between Spain and Mexico.
The withdrawal of the aforementioned MEX-PVG services -as of Dec. 15, 2019- will leave Hainan Airlines connecting Mexico City (MEX-PEK) Beijing Capital (PEK) with its stopover in Tijuana International Airport (TIJ), thus allowing passengers on this flight to use the Tijuana (CBX) cross-border facitlity to continue their journey to San Diego, USA.
China Southern is the other Chinese carrier directly connecting Mexico-China with flights between Mexico City (MEX-CAN) Guangzhou Baiyun -in this case- the stopover point being Vancouver (YVR) Canada.
In 2016, the Pacific-North America-Asia niche represented 7% of international scheduled Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK) for the year, according to IATA’s World Air Traffic Statistics; according to Forbes Mexico, as many as 120,000 Chinese tourists visited Mexico in 2017, up 14% on 2016.
For its part, IATA’s report on Air Travel Demand for 2017, showed the largest growth among North American carriers was in the Pacific routes, so Mexico may soon be on the radars of more airlines from Asia in the not-so-distant future.
According to statistics released by Mexico’s Transport and Communications Ministry (SCT), the abovementioned -Asian- carriers jointly transported a total of 106,407 passengers between Asia and Mexico -on the said routes- throughout 2018.
See below for -airline specific- information on the direct flights between Asia and Mexico.
Mexican airlines with direct flights to China
AEROMÉXICO in China
Aeroméxico offers -until Dec. 15, 2019- direct services between the Mexican capital: Mexico City, and the Chinese city of Shanghai, the most populous city of this Asian giant.
Aeroméxico’s direct flights between Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) offer the route -as mentioned above- with a stopover in Tijuana (TIJ), currently -Oct. 2019- with three weekly frequencies -Mon., Wed. and Sat.- operating the route with its Boeing 787-8 aircraft, otherwise known as the Dreamliner.
See Aeromexico in Mexico City: Domestic / International
Aeroméxico incorporated this Asian capital into its route portfolio -on Feb. 22, 2016- and is the only Mexican carrier offering direct Mexico – China flights, in this case direct MEX-PVG flights.
NOTE: If you have purchased a ticket with Aeroméxico on this route and wish to speak to the company about changing the ticket, a refund -or other reasons- here are Aeroméxico’s call centers:
In Mexico: 55-5133-4000 and in China: 86-21-6089-9985
Aeromexico office – Hong Kong:
7/F Building Allied, Kajima 138, Gloucester Road, Wanchai.
Aeromexico telephone – Hong Kong:
China-based airlines with direct flights to Mexico
CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES in Mexico
China Southern Airlines is the largest airline in Asia -according to fleet size- and -regarding passenger numbers- was the 6th most important airline in the world after transporting 89.9 million passengers in 2016, the year prior to launching its services to Mexico.
In April, 2017., China Southern Airlines began operating flights between Cantón -also known as Guangzhou– (CAN-MEX) Mexico City with a stopover in Vancouver (YVR) Canada and currently -Oct. 2019- offer two weekly frequencies on Tuesdays and Fridays.
According to statistics covering 2017, China Southern served 8,877 passengers* between China and Mexico over the nine month period; figures released by Mexico’s Secretariat de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT – Transport and Communications Ministry), showed that -throughout 2018- this carrier’s passenger count on its CAN-MEX route increased to 12,190.
The China Southern flights between Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) –the capital of Guangdong province, China- and Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) are operated using the company’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with seating for 228 passengers (4 x First Class + 24 x Business).
This airline’s main bases are at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (the airline’s headquarters) and Beijing Capital International Airport; it operates more than 2,000 flights to 208 destinations daily as a member of SkyTeam and -according to the company’s offficial Website- the airline has a fleet of 340 aircraft.
China Southern Airlines is one of two Chinese airlines offering direct China – Mexico flights, and the only airline offering direct CAN-MEX flights, albeit with a stopover in Vancouver.
And, according to the report by Brand Finance Airlines 50 -published in Feb. 2017- China Southern Airlines was the world’s sixth most-valuable airline brand in 2017.
The source for the above passenger statistics was DATATUR, the National Statistical Information System of Mexico’s Tourism Sector
China Southern Airlines office – Guangzhou:
2/F, 181 Huanshi West Road, Guangzhou.
China Southern Airlines telephone – Guangzhou:
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport: T. 020-95539
HAINAN AIRLINES in Mexico
Hainan Airlines, China’s fourth most important airline regarding passenger numbers, launched its direct China – Mexico flights on March 21, 2018., connecting Peking/Beijing to Mexico City, with a stopover in Tijuana.
Hainan currently -Oct. 2019- provides two weekly frequencies -Tues. & Sat.- between the Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) with a stopover in Tijuana International Airport (TIJ).
This airline’s main base is in Haikou, in the Hainán Province of China; it has a fleet of over 300 aircraft and operates its PEK-MEX flights with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft (213 seats – 36 business class and 177 economy).
According to Mexico’s Secretariat de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT – Transport and Communications Ministry), throughout 2018 Hainan Airlines transported 18,340 passengers between China and Mexico by way of its PEK-MEX route, during the 9-month period in 2018.
Hainan Airlines is one of two Chinese airlines with direct China – Mexico flights, and the only airline offering direct PEK-MEX flights, albeit with a stopover in Tijuana.
According to IATA’s World Air Traffic Statistics for 2016, Hainan Airlines was ranked #16 in terms of the world’s top airlines regarding operating revenue for the year, with almost US$6 bn; it was #7 regarding operating profit, estimated at US$1.35 bn.
Hainan Airlines office – Haiku City:
Haikou City, Hainan Province, P.R. China, HNA PLAZA, No.7 Guoxing Road, Hainan Airlines, Postcode: 570206
Hainan Airlines telephone – Haiku City: