Aeromexico Commences Operations from London Heathrow to Mexico City

London Heathrow airport has welcomed the initial flight from Aeromexico, a Mexico-based airline, to Mexico City, in Mexico.

The airline has introduced a direct flight between London Heathrow and Mexico City, three times a week, operating a Boeing 767 aircraft.

The airline, a founding member of SkyTeam global airlines alliance, will be operating out of Terminal 4 of the airport. Aeromexico operates over 600 daily flights to 45 cities in Mexico, as well as to destinations in the US, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

Andres Conesa, Aeromexico’s chief executive officer, said, ‘Our new flight to Heathrow is a great achievement for Aeromexico and represents clear evidence of the development of the Mexican airline industry.

We are confident that our operations will have a significant positive effect for both economies and will strength our financial and cultural relationship. We are also glad to announce that the route will operate in 2013 with our first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the newest, best most efficient aircraft ever built.’

Passengers on the initial flight were welcomed with the traditional Mariachi band of Mexico, and were offered a memento from the airline.

Colin Matthews, the chief executive officer of London Heathrow Airport, said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Aeromexico to Heathrow. The centre of gravity in the world economy is shifting and Britain should be forging new links with economies like Mexico.

But with this single deal taking four years to complete, the UK’s lack of hub airport capacity is causing us to fall further behind the rest of Europe.’

Presidente InterContinental Santa Fe Hotel Opens in Mexico City

Presidente InterContinental Santa Fe Hotel, a property from UK-based hotel group, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has opened in Mexico City, Mexico.

The 111-room luxury hotel includes 26 suites; six meeting rooms; an art gallery; seven stories of office facilities; and six restaurants. The hotel represents an investment of around $35 million, and should provide an additional 350 new jobs to the local economy.

Kirk Kinsell, the company president for IHG, the Americas, said, ‘The Presidente InterContinental Santa Fe is IHG’s second InterContinental hotel in Mexico City and the 12th IHG-branded hotel with Grupo Presidente, which are a reflection of the strength of our long-standing relationship that dates back to 1994. With its ideal location, rich amenities and the famed personalised service of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, the Presidente InterContinental Santa Fe is in a prime position to attract both international and domestic business and leisure travellers.’

The Presidente InterContinental Santa Fe offers panoramic views of the Santa Fe area, the Valley of Mexico and the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes. The hotel amenities include a gym, a boutique, a spa and beauty salon operated under the L’Occitane brand, a terrace bar, the InterContinental Club Lounge and valet parking service.

Grupo Presidente is operating the new hotel under a license agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group.

IHG currently operates nine hotel brands, including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, and others.

New JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe Opens in Mexico City

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, a hotel company and a part of Marriott International, has announced its newest hotel in Mexico City, Mexico.

The new 221-room, JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe, is the brand’s second hotel to open in the City.

Rob Steigerwald, the chief operations officer for the Southern Americas at Marriott International, said, ‘Mexico remains one of the most vibrant countries for new development in all of Latin America. We are thrilled to partner with Grupo Diestra on this project, and reveal our second world class JW Marriott luxury brand hotel to Mexico City. This beautiful hotel brings the highest levels of accommodations and service to Mexico and is a great addition to the brand’s growing global portfolio.’

The JW Marriott brand has a remit to offer lavish properties in gateway cities and resort locations.

The JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe is offering two restaurants for dining and entertainment, in addition to a lobby bar, 24-hour room service and an executive lounge. The leisure amenities include a fitness centre and a, soon-to-open, Oriental Wellness Spa, which includes five treatment rooms, saunas, vapour rooms, Jacuzzis and a meditation area. The hotel also has around 13,100 square feet of flexible meeting space available for conducting corporate and social events.

Mitzi Gaskins, the vice president and global brand manager for the company, said, ‘We are confident that this unique and visually stunning hotel will become a landmark in Mexico City attracting travellers and groups from all over the world.’

Four Points by Sheraton Colonia Roma Hotel Opens in Mexico City

Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, a subsidiary of US-based Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, has announced the opening of a new property, the Four Points by Sheraton Colonia Roma Hotel in Mexico City.

The 90-room new hotel, which is owned and managed by the Sora Group, is the third in Mexico from the Four Points by Sheraton brand.

The Four Points by Sheraton Colonia Roma offers guest rooms with workspace and complimentary in-room internet for its guests. The hotel’s other amenities include a 24-hour fitness centre, a restaurant, and a bar and lounge. Event spaces include around 9,300 square feet of flexible area, which incorporates seven meeting rooms.

Osvaldo Librizzi, the president of the Latin America Division of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, said, ‘The introduction of the Four Points by Sheraton Colonia Roma represents the fifth brand of the Starwood portfolio to open in Mexico City and reaffirms our commitment to growing the options for both international as well as domestic travellers to this key business and tourism destination.

We are delighted to launch this partnership with the Sora Hotel Group and are confident that Colonia Roma is an ideal location for our guests to enjoy the Four Points by Sheraton and all that Mexico City has to offer.’

Brian McGuinness, the senior vice president of specialty select brands for Starwood, said, ‘Four Points by Sheraton enjoys a loyal worldwide following and we’re pleased to offer guests a new lodging option in one of the world’s great centres of culture and business.’