China Southern Airlines flies to Mexico for the first time

China Southern Airlines has started flying to Mexico City via Vancouver. Source: Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES CO LTD has flown its inaugural Guangzhou to Mexico City flight, via Vancouver, the first route operated by the domestic Chinese carrier to the Latin American nation, the Mexican government said on Tuesday.

China‘s interest in Mexico, including in tourism and investment, has been on the rise in recent years. In 2016, a total of 74,300 Chinese tourists visited Mexico, up 33.5 percent from a year earlier.

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Mexican authorities expect over 100,000 Chinese tourists to visit this year.

China and Mexico recently pledged to deepen ties at a meeting between their top diplomats following the United States presidential election victory of Donald Trump, who has tested Washington’s relationship with both countries. – Reuters