'Mexicans love coming to ski' -- Aeromexico begins non-stop service from Salt Lake City

“Mexicans love coming to ski ,” Aeromexico begins non-stop service from Salt Lake City (Photo: Jeremy Harris/ KUTV)

(KUTV)- Officials from Mexico’s largest airline are in Utah this week celebrating the start of daily direct flights between Utah and the economic hub of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Aeromexico’s leaders say it sees Utah as a key partner for Mexican trade and tourism.

“Mexicans love coming to ski, there is, of course, great attractions here,” Aeromexico executive Jorge Goytortua told 2News Thursday.

Part of Utah’s attraction for Aeromexico, a partner with Delta Airlines, is the new Salt Lake City International Airport that is expected to be completed in two years.

“For us, [the new airport] is going to be key to develop and look to the future of Salt Lake City and the whole western US,” Goytortua said.

Aeromexico is the latest airline to begin non-stop international service from the Beehive state. In 2016, KLM began a non-stop flight to Amsterdam.

Delta operates several direct international flights to Mexico, Canada, and France.

Aeromexico’s new routes come as Salt Lake City International Airport officials tout a 20-percent year-over-year growth in international passengers in 2017.

Airport leaders credit the prospect of a state-of-the-art airport facility as a key to attracting new routes. http://kutv.com/news/local/airport-construction-update-lots-of-progress-lots-more-work-to-do

“It’s a real indication [the airlines] have looked at this market and they have looked at this facility and said we want this, we are committed to being here,” Executive Director of Salt Lake City Airports Bill Wyatt told 2News.

Wyatt said airlines are so anxious for the new facilities, they will pay billions towards the construction costs.

“They have looked at the situation and said ‘yeah, we are willing to pay three and a half billion dollars to build this state of the art installation,’” Wyatt said.

Aeromexico will have daily flights to Guadalajara and weekly service to Mexico City from SLC. https://aeromexico.com

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