China Southern Airlines is planning to launch new flights between Guangzhou and Mexico City with a stopover in Vancouver. The new service is expected to be launched in May this year. The Guangzhou-based carrier will be serving the new route with the help of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft thrice weekly. The new route is expected to significantly boost travel and trade between Mexico and South China.
Carlos Giralt, Consul General of Mexico currently based in Guangzhou, said, “The new service between Mexico and China is likely to increase mutual trade and commerce, people-to-people contact, tourism and several other cultural activities. This will also provide opportunity to people from both the countries to gain convenient connections whenever they want to do so. Moreover, this is yet another opportunity for Chinese people to easily travel to Central and South America, with Mexico as a major hub.”
It may be noted that China Southern Airlines is currently conducting flights services between Shanghai and Mexico City with a stopover in Tijuana. Other Chinese carriers are also actively considering launching flights services on new routes between China and Mexico. Media reports citing travel experts recently said that more than 60,000 travelers from Mexico visited China, while 100,000 Chinese people visited Mexico in 2015. The numbers of travelers to either country also slightly increased in 2016.
According to the reports, the total trade between Mexico and China’s major economic hub Guangzhou province was at $10.5 billion in 2016. This includes more than $8 billion exports from Guangzhou. The trade from Guangzhou includes electric appliances, machinery equipment, electronic products, telephone and shoes. The Mexican products currently imported by China include pork, beef, lobster, abalone, blackberries, raspberries, nuts and avocados. China is also looking forward to import more Mexican products such as mangoes, bananas, blueberries and baby formula. It may however be known that the trade between Guangzhou and Mexico is in fact far bigger than trade between other European and South American countries and Mexico.