Spain's Air Europa slashes Mexico flights

5th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The reduction in number of weekly flights from Spain to Mexico comes as many cancel their travel plans to the swine-hit country.

MADRID – Spanish airline Air Europa said Monday it was reducing the number of its weekly flights from Spain to Mexico from five to one because of a sharp drop in demand for travel to the country due to the outbreak there of swine flu.

"No one wants to go to Mexico because of swine flu, we have had many cancellations," a company spokeswoman told AFP, adding many passengers were exchanging their tickets for flights to Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

The reduction in flights to Cancun, the only destination in Mexico which Air Europa flies to, will begin this week and remain in place until the end of May, she added.

Mexican beaches are a popular destination for Spanish tourists, especially students on end of year trips and couples on their honeymoon.

Mexico is the epicentre of the outbreak of the A(H1N1) virus. It raised its confirmed swine flu toll to 26 deaths on Monday, but said the epidemic appeared to be slowing.

The number of confirmed cases of the disease around the world topped the 1,000 mark on Monday, with Spain recording the most cases of any nation outside of the Americas, according to the World Health Organisation.

There are 54 confirmed cases of the virus in Spain as of Monday afternoon, including four involving people who had not been to Mexico, according to Spanish health ministry figures.

AFP / Expatica

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