Aeromexico has officially started flights between Incheon, a South Korean city bordering the capital of Seoul, and Mexico City, with a stop in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.
The route will be operated using a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft with a 243-passenger capacity. Weekly frequencies will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, departing from Monterrey at 1:18 p.m. and arriving at 6:00 p.m., Seoul time.
Demand for a flight to South Korea increased with the arrival of Kia’s assembly plant in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, just 22 miles away from Monterrey, but Mexican authorities also hope to take advantage of the Asian outbound tourism boom, of which Korea is very much at the forefront. Aeromexico said 350,000 travelers visited Mexico from Asia last year. Of these, 76,000 were from Korea.
From January to May, about 28,000 Koreans have visited the country, up 2.1% from the same period last year. The company hopes the number will continue to rise.
The company said the direct flights will cut the flight time to 14 hours, compared with 18 hours when planes had to stop in the U.S. or Canada before reaching Mexico.