Pack your swimsuit, beach towel and mask: Starting Dec. 19, Hoosiers can fly nonstop from Indianapolis International Airport to Cancun, Mexico, on Saturdays.
The seasonal flights will run through April 3. When searched Monday night, a roundtrip departing Dec. 19 and returning Dec. 26 cost $670. It’s about a three-and-a-half-hour flight each way.
A warning on American’s website said the international flight is subject to government and regulatory approval. An Aug. 6 travel advisory from the U.S. Department of State said not to travel to Mexico due to COVID-19 and crime concerns. Click here to see updated State Department guidance about traveling during the pandemic.
The new route will be one of the first international flights out of Indianapolis in months, the Indianapolis Airport Authority said in a news release.
“Our airline partners watch the trends and know the market demand, so this new American Airline’s route is an encouraging first step in reviving international travel, and it’s the first time American has offered a flight from Indy to Cancun,” Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez said in the release.
Last weekend, IND announced a new daily, nonstop flight to Memphis, beginning Oct. 1.
Other new flights from the airport this year take passengers to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Ft. Myers, Florida; and St. Louis.
On Monday, American joined competing airlines Delta and United in canceling certain fees for changing flights. Southwest Airlines had never charged a change fee.
Saving money: Delta, American join United in ditching change fee on US flights
Airlines, which have been hit hard by low passenger numbers during the pandemic, have been canceling many fall flights, USA Today reported Monday.
American has increased cleaning in airplanes, gates, ticket counters and more, the release said. Passengers receive hand sanitizer or wipes on flights, and food and drink service is limited.
Masks are required at the airport and on the plane.
IND: Inside Indianapolis International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic
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