International air reservations to Mexico fell 95% in the month of March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, revealed the Anahuac Center for Tourism Research and Competitiveness (Cicotur).
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According to the information collected, the tourist destinations of Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta were the most affected with losses of 43.1%, 42.3% and 40.2%, respectively.
Data from 2019 show that these three airports concentrated 60% of international tourist arrivals, so the latest records point to a severe blow to the airline sector.
On the other hand, domestic flight reservations fell 58.7% in March 2020, compared to the same month the previous year.
The airports of Cancun (-25.7%), Guadalajara (-30.4%), Monterrey (-40.2%) and Tijuana (15.7%), were the most affected by the drop in national travelers.
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In other data, there was a reduction of arrivals of Chinese tourists by 67.8 percent in February.
Recently, Cicotur estimated that the coronavirus pandemic will cause a loss in tourist consumption in April for around $239 million pesos, which is equivalent to the entire budget of the Ministry of Health for 2020 or 47 years of the tourism budget.