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China Southern Airlines launches first flight to Mexico
April 11, 2017 / 6:43 PM / 7 months ago

China Southern Airlines launches first flight to Mexico

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.

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

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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