Ramping up its Caribbean fleet, American Airlines has not too long ago introduced new nonstop flights from the worldwide hub of Austin to Cozumel, Mexico, and Montego Bay, Jamaica, two vastly widespread sunny escapes for Americans.
Already one of many busiest airports in Texas, Austin-Bergstrom appears to be like set to expertise an inflow of Caribbean-bound vacationers, with Mexico and Jamaica each listed as notably welcoming locations for overseas guests within the Covid period.
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Cozumel and Montego Bay are amongst a few of the high trip hotspots for U.S. residents going overseas, with the resort tradition of the Mexican Caribbean and the relaxed ambiance of Jamaica at the moment being favored over an increasingly restrictive Europe.
As a matter of reality, Mexico is now one of the most visited nations on the earth, attracting tens of millions of holiday makers month-to-month because of a extra liberal method to the pandemic, as well as its recent scrapping of all Covid entry protocols.
Hoping to additional enhance its competitivity on this ever-growing market, American Airlines has been fast to launch new year-round direct routes to each Cozumel International Airport (CZM) and Sangster International Airport (MBJ) from Austin-Bergstrom, beginning June eleventh.
Now, Austin-based vacationers may have weekly flights out there to 2 of the Caribbean’s high seashore getaways. Previously, as a way to attain Cozumel, Americans flying from Austin confronted layovers in different home airports, or required transfers upon touchdown in Cancun.
The providers to each Cozumel and Montego Bay have been scheduled for Saturdays within the following native instances:
- The outbound service to Cozumel departs from Austin at 9:20 am, arriving to its vacation spot at 11:50 am, whereas the inbound flight is anticipated to go away Cozumel at 12:30 pm, touchdown in Austin at 3:20 pm;
- The outbound flight to Jamaica leaves from Austin at 8 am, arriving in Montego Bay at 11:23 am; the inbound departs from Montego Bay at 12:03 on the identical day and arrives again in Austin at 3:53 pm.
The 76-seat Embraer E175 aircrafts can even carry the American Eagle banner, American Airlines’ model title for brief and medium-haul flights. Additionally, tickets are already out there for buying upfront, regardless that June eleventh has been marked because the launch date.
Austin Travelers To Benefit Directly From Better Connectivity To The Caribbean
With Cancun Airport struggling with high demand recently, the information has definitely been welcomed by these wishing to keep away from excessively lengthy, stress-inducing safety line ups. Although nonetheless significantly busy, Cozumel Airport is comparatively quieter.
Meanwhile, these dreaming of experiencing the world-famous carnival in Jamaica and stroll its white sand seashores can even profit from shorter-distance flights to Montego Bay. Previously, Austin vacationers had been anticipated to switch in different home airports earlier than reaching their vacation spot.
With the announcement, American Airlines might be going toe to toe with Southwest Airlines, one other low-cost service providing nonstop services between Austin and Cozumel, additionally beginning June 11. One factor is definite: competitivity will inevitably profit vacationers on the lookout for low cost flights from Austin.
According to Brian Znotins, American Airlines’ Vice President of Network Planning, they’re “proud” to strengthen their dedication to Austin by “offering native clients extra choices to fly nonstop to widespread locations“. They at the moment are, certainly, the first airline to attach Central Texas and Jamaica.
As for ticket fares, they begin U$191 one way for Cozumel and U$208 on Montego Bay routes. Austinites can nonetheless fly to each locations on weekdays, although that may entail a layover in both Miami International or Dallas-Fort Worth.
What Are The Covid Entry Rules For Mexico And Jamaica?
Unlike most nations in North America, Mexico is but to enact a single Covid associated restriction, welcoming each the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, albeit with various restrictions throughout particular person states. In spite of Mexico’s open border coverage, vacationers ought to be aware that in current days sure Mexican locations have imposed new restrictions.
On the opposite hand, Jamaica has considerably stricter entry protocols. All these touring to the island should get authorization to enter from the Visit Jamaica web site. Arrivals are additionally required to current a unfavorable Covid take a look at end result, issued inside 72 hours previous to touring.
When vaccinated and in possession of a unfavorable take a look at, passengers are exempt from self-isolation and additional testing on arrival, although they could nonetheless be screened for Covid signs on the airport.
Unvaccinated vacationers, alternatively, are required to self-quarantine for 2 weeks when staying exterior the so-called “tourism corridor“. Those staying inside such hall is not going to must quarantine, though carrying a vaccination card is suggested as a way to have an optimum expertise vacationing in Jamaica.
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