Yes, there was a time when Qantas flew to 2 Mexican destinations. The flight had a very catchy name, “Fiesta Route” as it linked Sydney with London through a bunch of fun destinations such as Fiji, Tahiti, Acapulco, Mexico City, Bahamas and Bermuda.

The year was 1964 and its inaugural flight was a major event. Qantas even covered its old HQ in CBD with a huge Mexican sombrero. Flights were operated once a week on 707 jets. It departed Sydney on Thursdays at 22hrs and landed in Acapulco on the same date but at 13:10hrs. It reached London the next day around 10:20hrs.

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Acapulco at the time was a hot beach and sun destination. European, American and Mexican jet-set enjoyed beautiful nice beaches, warm sea and amazing hotels. Qantas also stopped at Mexico City.

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Mexican edition of Qantas timetable. The illustration represents Taxco, a beautiful silver town in the mountains between Acapulco and Mexico City.

 

Services were upgraded when in 1972 a second weekly flight was added. This flight had Mexico City as terminator.  Sadly, in mid 1970’s the route was killed off by higher fuel prices. Currently there are no direct services linking both countries (it requieres either a connection at LAX or Dallas).

Could we see Mexico or Cancún as new destinations from Australia in the near future? Perhaps. Last year over 80,000 Australians and Mexicans visited both countries. In 2016 this figure could top 85,000 pax in both directions.  May be Qantas or Aeromexico have seen this opportunity.

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Here, take a look to Qantas video inaugurating this odd route: