April 11, 2017 / 6:43 PM / 3 months ago

China Southern Airlines launches first flight to Mexico

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FILE PHOTO: A China Southern Airlines airplane arrives at the newly-built terminal 2 building at Tianjin airport, August 28, 2014.Stringer

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - China Southern Airlines Co Ltd (600029.SS) has flown its inaugural Guangzhou to Mexico City flight, via Vancouver, the first route operated by a domestic Chinese carrier to the Latin American nation, the Mexican government said on Tuesday.

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

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 U.S. presidential election victory of Donald Trump, who has tested Washington's relationship with both countries.

Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Bernard Orr

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