Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: June 18, 2008

MEXICO'S Ministry of Communications and Transportation on June 10 suspended the operations of budget airline Magnicharters, saying the carrier could not "provide sufficient guarantees for the safety of its passengers." In a statement, the ministry said the airline would have 90 days to resolve the problems identified and resume operations. The ministry said inspections by civil aviation authorities turned up maintenance problems and inadequate staff training. The ministry also said Magnicharters was in financial difficulty, which limited its ability to conduct proper maintenance and employee training. Prior to its suspension, Magnicharters operated between 16 domestic routes with a fleet of five Boeing 737s.

FUNJET VACATIONS launched a sale to Cozumel that includes savings for scheduled flights from across the U.S. and for charter flights from Texas. Both promotions must be booked by June 19 for travel through August. The scheduled-air promotion includes $50 off hotel-air bookings at select properties, including the Hotel Cozumel, Park Royal, Occidental Grand Cozumel and Casa del Mar. The Texas promotion includes $100 off air-hotel packages for charter flights from Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

SANDOS HOTELS & RESORTS launched an online sale for three of its Riviera Maya properties. Bookings and travel must be made by Aug. 24. All-inclusive rates start at $95 a night, per person, double, at the Sandos Caracol Beach Resort & Spa; $103 at the Sandos Playacar Riviera Hotel & Spa, and $110 at the Sandos Playacar Beach Resort. Visit www.sandoshotels.com.

THE HACIENDA XCANATUN near Merida is promoting a Living Luxe package featuring four nights for the price of three through Sept. 30. Customers who book three nights for $750, double, will receive a fourth night free. The promotion includes daily breakfast, a bottle of French sparkling wine and other amenities. Taxes and service fees are extra. Housed in a restored former plantation, the Hacienda Xcanatun features 18 air-conditioned suites and rooms with 18-foot, beamed ceilings; a gourmet restaurant specializing in fusion Yucatan cooking; a spa; and two swimming pools. Call (888) 883-3633 or visit www.xcanatun.com.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron
Phone:
(973) 898-0011
[email protected]
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