MAZATLÃN, Mexico (June 10, 2011) – The Pacific Coast city of MazatlÃ¡n offered a grand welcome for passengers aboard American Eagleâ€™s inaugural flight, arriving from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on June 9, 2011.
Opening the door to more than 250 destinations around the world, the new Dallas flight represents a boost of more than $180 million USD in revenue to MazatlÃ¡nâ€™s bustling tourism sector.
State government and tourism officials, American Airlines executives and airport authorities gathered to welcome visitors that arrived on the sold-out flight, Thursday, June 9, 2011. Among them: state governor Mario LÃ³pez Valdez; state secretary of tourism Lic. Oralia Rice; American Eagle operations director Luis GÃ³mez; CEO of Mexicoâ€™s OMA airport group StÃ©phan Lemoine; Carlos BerdeguÃ©, vice president of the MazatlÃ¡n Hotel Association; and others.
Marvin Diaz, Director General of American Airlines in Mexico, addressed the crowd of officials and passengers during a festive afternoon reception. Celebrating the milestone of Americanâ€™s 18th service destination in Mexico, Diaz pledged an ongoing commitment to the Pacific Coast hotspot: â€œWe come to MazatlÃ¡n to make our contribution and be good partners in tourism.â€
The new Dallas flight affords new travel options for the more than two million travelers who visit Mazatlan each year. Offering a pleasant two-hour trip, visitors and tour providers can also enjoy connections from more than 250 international markets â€“ including major Eastern and Midwest U.S. destinations like New York, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, Toronto and Montreal.
MazatlÃ¡nâ€™s scenic natural beauty and rich cultural tradition support the creation of Americanâ€™s daily non-stop flight from Dallas-Fort Worth, acoording to Nicolas Cano, Director of Strategic Planning of the Federal Tourism Ministry. â€œMazatlÃ¡n is already the sixth most important tourist destination in Mexico, and offers plenty of natural and cultural attractions alongside infrastructure to position itself among the major tourist destinations in the world.â€
OMA airportsâ€™ CEO StÃ©phan Lemoine echoed his support for the destination and its growth as a top tourism hub. “The opening of this flight is a sign of confidence towards the destination,â€ Lemoine pointed out.
â€œMazatlÃ¡n is a vibrant destination alive with rich culture and unrivalled hospitality on the Pacific Coast,â€ said Carlos Berdegue, vice president, MazatlÃ¡n Hotel Association and Tourism Board. â€œWe are delighted to begin our new partnership with American Airlines, which will allow visitors from all over the world to discover our beautiful weather, golden-sand beaches, historic center and premier resorts.â€
The new American Eagle non-stop flight to MazatlÃ¡n offers daily service from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), departing from Dallas at 11:45am and arriving in Mazatlan at 1:05pm. For more information, visit http://www.gomazatlan.com.