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Acapulco, Mexico: Opportunities For US-carriers?  
User currently offlineAA1818 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Feb 2006, 3414 posts, RR: 4
Posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2946 times:

I noticed that Acapulco, Mexico (ACA) has no service from US cities like ATL, JFK or MIA, yet it has service from DFW, ORD, IAH, YYZ, YUL, PHX etc. Is there really not enough demand for AA to run MIA-ACA flights? I thought ACA was a popular tourist destination in Mexico.

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User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7322 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

Most of ACA passengers come from the West, Texas, and the Midwest. MIA and ATL dont really have a market for ACA traffic.


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User currently offlineERJ From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 245 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2906 times:



Quoting AA1818 (Thread starter):
Is there really not enough demand for AA to run MIA-ACA flights?

Not right now. I wouldn't expect to see any new Mexico service until the swine flu/H1N1 deal blows over. Hopefully sooner than later. ACA is on my list to visit!


User currently offlineLatinPlane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2696 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

Acapulco has pretty much been relagated to being the beach resort for Mexico City residents. In terms of resort amenities and popularity it has been surpassed many times over by the newer Mexican beach resort destinations.

In California anyone who has a passport has been to either Cabo and Cancun at least once, but only the 50-year old crowd remembers the good old days of Acapulco, but even they will never think about visiting ACA when they have resorts catering to them all over the tranquil and beautiful Baja coast.

 Smile LatinPlane


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24326 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2818 times:

The Acapulco Riviera glory days were in the 1960-1970s and seen much negative changes over the decades. As Latin Plane states ACA has been far eclipsed by other locations. Investment and upkeep has not kept up as compared to other Western coast locations like PVR, MZT and recent hot spot SJD especially.

Also recent drug related violence in ACA (severed heads found on beaches, grenade attacks, mass executions, running street gun battles) only further to push ACA's tourism industry in the toilet.

To put things in perspective and how bad things have gotten, there no longer is even nonstop LAX-ACA service, a route where Western/Mexico/AeroMexico even had DC-10s on at one time!



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User currently offlineNorlander From Faroe Islands, joined Sep 2007, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

Having been to ACA a few years ago I can only say I agree completely. Acapulco bears strong signs of being worn down and having little or no investment done. It's a tropical version of Freemont Street in Vegas, and fast sliding further downwards.The Urban Planner in me found the place interesting, but as a tourist destination it doesn't bring much compared to Cancun (CUN), Cabo (SJD), Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (ZIH) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR).

But it was fun to see those guys diving off the Cliff  Smile



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User currently offlinePremoBrimo From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2709 times:

Don't forget MSP-ACA service on NW.

I was in Acapulco 2 years ago and thought it was great. I think it is still a best kept secret among people who have been there. Most people think of other destinations along the west coast of Mexico before Acapulco. A lot of the nice/newer resorts have sprung up not in Acapulco Bay but along the coast closer to the airport. A lot of the old hotels from the 60s are still standing but are abandoned.



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User currently offlineOlli From Mexico, joined Mar 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2657 times:



Quoting Norlander (Reply 5):
Acapulco bears strong signs of being worn down and having little or no investment done

Little or no investment?. As mentioned by Premo Brimo, new development along the coast near the airport is huge!

Best Regards,


User currently offlineNorlander From Faroe Islands, joined Sep 2007, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2540 times:



Quoting Olli (Reply 7):
Little or no investment?. As mentioned by Premo Brimo, new development along the coast near the airport is huge!

Best Regards,

That might be, I was there in 2005, and came from Las Vegas on that trip, and Acapulco reminded me of the Freemont street and the Union Plaza...

We mostly traveled around the bay, and then after 4 days we left for nearby Playa Hermosa, which was a plesant surprise.



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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5108 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2531 times:



Quoting AA1818 (Thread starter):
I thought ACA was a popular tourist destination in Mexico.

Acapulco's time has long passed. I lived not too far for about a year, and I can say that it had its time many a decade or two ago, but right now it is bit run down. Mexico now has Vallarta, Cabo, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Ixtapa etc, and lets not forget the most famous Mayan Riviera (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel etc..) Acapulco as mentioned is more popular with Mexican tourists, and to be more specific people from around the Greater Mexico City area. I live in central Mexico, and for people here the beach of choice is Vallarta or Manzanillo because of proximity.



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User currently offlineCALMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3843 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

..minus the beheaded bodies that are being found in/around ACA over the last 3 years........I'm sure that has nothing to do with it!!


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User currently offlineVegasplanes From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 778 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2414 times:

That's a shame about ACA not doing as well. My parents and I went there for vacation back in the 80's, wonderful then. I remember we flew an ATA charter there and back from DTW, L1011 both ways.

User currently offlinePlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5280 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2291 times:

We visited there on an extended cruise a few years back, and I do agree it seemed a bit old compared to the other destinations. On the other hand, I'm not big on Cabo - it's just too commmercial feeling to me. I really enjoy Puerto Vallarta and we've been there by plane or cruise a handful of times.

I think one thing against Acapulco is that it is that much further south than the other destinations. Cabo is much closer to the western US, and a much quicker and easier getaway for folks.

With the violence, I can't say that it played a big part in our thinking while there, though I must admit I had one too many Margarita's and ended up getting dropped off back at the ship earlier than the rest - won't do that again.

-Dave



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