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Direct flights from Tucson to Mexico set for takeoff

Passengers arrive in Tucson on direct flight from Mexico. (Source: KOLD News 13) Passengers arrive in Tucson on direct flight from Mexico. (Source: KOLD News 13)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

For the first time in eight years, Tucson residents can now catch a flight directly to Mexico.

The first flight to Hermosillo left the airport Monday afternoon after a presentation by local leaders, TIA administrators, and representatives from AeroMar airline.

Tucson News Now first reported the new flight option after the Tucson International Airport made the announcement in early September.

[READ: Tucson airport getting flights to four destinations in Mexico]

But it's the flights into Tucson that are expected to bring in thousands of dollars into the local economy. Right now, about two million people come to Tucson from Mexico every year.

This new flight is expected to bring an additional 200 people through the Tucson airport every week.

The airline, "Aeromar," will run one flight out of Tucson and one into Tucson, four days a week.

A 46-passenger plane from Tucson will head directly to Hermosillo, before stopping at the three other cities including Los Mochis, Mazatlan and Guadalajara.

Return flights will come directly from Hermosillo.

It's an addition Hispanic business leaders and tourism folks have been looking forward to. Many are hoping these new options can help grow business opportunities in southern Arizona.

The flights will also cut travel time to Hermosillo by about three hours.

Butch Bachelier said he drove up from Nogales, AZ for the flight because it was cheaper and safer than driving across the border and flying from Hermosillo to Los Mochis.

"Our company is really excited about it" he said.

Bachelier is a produce worker with a new crop in Culiacan that he plans to inspect.

Right now, a weekend getaway costs around $260. AeroMar announced a promotional offer Monday that round trip airfare from Tucson to Hermosillo is only $149 from Oct 4 - Oct 12.

Tickets can be purchased on their website at aeromar.com.mx or aeromar.us.?

Flight Schedule:

Flights will operate on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Aeromar (VW) Flight 109:  

Depart: Tucson (TUS) at 1:20 p.m.

Arrive: Hermosillo (HMO) 2:25 p.m., Los Mochis (LMM) 4:40 p.m., Mazatlán (MZT) 7:25 p.m., Guadalajara (GDL) 10:10 p.m.

Aeromar (VW) Flight 109: 

Depart: Guadalajara (GDL)at 8 a.m.

Arrive: Mazatlán (MZT) 8:45 a.m., Los Mochis (LMM) 10:30 a.m., Hermosillo (HMO) 11:25 a.m., Tucson (TUS) 12:30 p.m.

Starting Oct. 30, flight arrival and departure times at Tucson and Hermosillo are one hour later.

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