Mexicana Airlines said yesterday that it will stop offering its daily flight to Cancun from Baltimore-Washington International Airport after April 16, which will leave Baltimore without regularly scheduled direct or non-stop service to the popular Mexican resort.
Bruce Hicks, a Mexicana spokesman, said that the airline doesn't think its daily flight from Philadelphia to BWI to Cancun is profitable enough to continue, though he declined to give details.
The airline had been advertising four-day, three-night packages in Cancun for prices starting at $468, including airfare from BWI, hotel and some other expenses.
Mr. Hicks said the nearest regularly scheduled service to Cancun after Mexicana halts its flights will be offered by United Airlines out of Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia.
He said Mexicana, Mexico's largest airline, isn't planning to add a U.S. flight that would directly replace the BWI flight and isn't planning to stop any other U.S. flights at this time.
BWI's business has slumped, as had business at other airports, because of the recession, customer nervousness about terrorism during the Persian Gulf war, and the problems of airlines that have cut back on flights to help them deal with staggering takeover-induced debt loads.
Airport officials have said that BWI's passenger traffic was off about 3.2 percent in January from that of January 1990.
But the officials also said the performance was encouraging because other airports are doing much worse, with air travel off as much as 10 percent.