This summer AeroMexico is launching the first domestic and international commercial services to Mar de Cortes International Airport, which serves the Mexican resort destination of Puerto Peñasco on the Sea of Cortez.
From June 20, AeroMexico will offer twice-weekly domestic and international service to Mar de Cortes International Airport (IATA code PPE). The airport’s first AeroMexico service will be a Hermosillo-Puerto Peñasco-Las Vegas connection.
AeroMexico’s schedule will see flight AM2674 leave Hermosillo’s General Ignacio Pesqueira García International Airport (HMO) on Sundays and Thursdays at 9:24 a.m. for PPE. The flight will then depart PPE again at 11:14 a.m. and reach Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) at 1:15 p.m.
In the other direction, flight AM2675 will depart LAS at 2:15 p.m. on Sundays and Thursdays for PPE. It will leave again from PPE at 4:23 p.m., landing at HMO at 6:13 p.m.
The first privately built airport in Mexico, Mar de Cortes International Airport is owned by luxury-resort developer Grupo Vidanta. Completed by Grupo Vidanta in 2009, Mar de Cortes Airport provides easy access to the beachfront properties along the Sea of Cortez and the recreational offerings of Puerto Peñasco.
Mar de Cortes International Airport has handled private flights since November 2009, when it was inaugurated in an opening ceremony by Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of AeroMexico national and international flights,” said Fernando Antillon, director of Mar de Cortes International Airport. “The Puerto Penasco area offers guests an incredible combination of magnificent natural beauty and deluxe resort accommodations.”
According to Grupo Vidanta, Puerto Peñasco has been the fastest-growing tourism destination in Mexico since 2006.
Puerto Peñasco’s growing popularity is in part due to its proximity to the Arizona border. Only 60 miles away from the border between Arizona and the Mexican state of Sonora, Puerto Peñasco is nicknamed “Arizona’s beach” because it is the closest coastal resort to the major cities of Phoenix and Tucson.
Along with Mar de Cortes International Airport, a new stretch of highway shortens the drive to Puerto Peñasco from California by 100 miles.
Located on the Sea of Cortez, Puerto Peñasco boasts many beaches, natural beauty, wildlife and recreational offerings and is also known as a sea-fishing center for red snapper, whitefish, halibut, goldspotted bass and black sea bass.
Grupo Vidanta operates the Mayan Palace resort in Puerto Peñasco. This vacation property offers miles of beaches; gourmet restaurants; lounges; a spa and fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment; a Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole, 72-par professional golf course; multiple tennis courts; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; and fully appointed suites.
Grupo Vidanta was founded in 1974 by Daniel Chavez Moran and now owns a portfolio of resort brands located among Mexico’s best-known coastal beach resort destinations. Its brands include Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Bliss, The Grand Mayan, Mayan Palace, Ocean Breeze and Sea Garden, with more under development.
In addition, Grupo Vidanta’s real estate division, Mayan Island, has built and sold more than 2,000 vacation homes. The company operates resort properties in Los Cabos, Nuevo Vallarta, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Puerto Peñasco, Riviera Nayarit, and Mazatlan.