Israel, Mexico agree to open direct flight routes

The first flight of the Xi'an-Istanbul direct air route arrives at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Dec. 30, 2019. Three round trips operated by Turkish Airlines are expected to be made between Xi'an and Istanbul, with inbound flights on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and outbound ones on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

Israel and Mexico have agreed to establish the first-ever direct flight routes connecting the two countries, as announced by Israeli Transport Minister Miri Regev in a statement issued on Thursday.

The agreement encompasses two flight routes: one from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, and the other to Cancun, a prominent resort city of Mexico.

The anticipated duration of these flights is approximately 13 to 14 hours each way, in contrast to the longer 16 to 24-hour journeys commonly associated with flights that involve layovers in Europe, the United States, or Canada.

“The direct flights to Mexico will contribute to the Israeli economy, expand Israel’s connection to the world, and reduce flight costs,” Regev said.

The agreement on these direct routes was reached during Regev’s official visit to Mexico last week, following discussions with his Mexican counterpart Jorge Nuno Lara.

Additionally, the two countries agreed to collaborate on smart transportation initiatives and address issues related to traffic accidents and road congestion, as read the Israeli statement.

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