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Language: Spanish | Currency: Pesos(₱) | Local time: UTC-0:600 | Avg. Flight time: 10.5 hrs
There’s now a good range of cheap direct flights to Mexico from UK airports, with an average flight time of 10-11 hours between London and Cancun.
No fewer than nine UK cities offer direct flights to Mexico.
Cancun (CUN) is by far the most popular destination, serviced by direct flights from across the UK. Departure points include Nottingham (EMA), Belfast (BFS), Glasgow (GLA) and Newcastle (NCL). Note, however, that some direct flights are seasonal, and also that ndirect flights might present more availability – and often lower prices. Compare flight deals to Cancun on TravelSupermarket to find the best deal for you.
There are direct flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) on an almost daily basis with British Airways, in conjunction with Aeroméxico.
While landing cheap flight deals to Mexico has never been easier, if you can be flexible on when you travel you can take your pick of the bunch.
For flights to Mexico on specific dates, book as far in advance as possible, and no later than three months in advance of your trip. If you’re travelling over Easter, Christmas, New Year, or for the Day of the Dead (November 2), the cheapest flights are snapped up at the earliest opportunity.
Another good method for bagging cheap flights is to look for tickets on the more popular routes, such as from Glasgow or London Gatwick to Cancun, or London Heathrow to Mexico City International – competition means savings.
Mexico City International is the country’s busiest and largest airport, and the annual volume of passenger traffic has increased significantly over recent years to almost 40 million people. Cancun Airport sees roughly half that number of passengers. For a town that was little more than a humble fishing village 50 years ago, that’s rather impressive.
For useful advice on airport transfers, see our how to get around Mexico page.
Be aware: there is often an airport tax payable upon leaving Mexico by air. It’s more of a visa fee than a departure tax, but whatever you call it, avoid problems by having some spare cash handy.
At the time of updating in early 2018, in Cancun this tax fee is roughly 48 US dollars (£38) per person, while at Mexico City International the price is appromimately 19 USD (£15). Many airlines include this tax in the price of the ticket, but always check and be prepared.