Mexico

Mexico

The International Passenger Survey (IPS) was suspended on 16 March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic until the start of 2021. The ONS have made every effort to produce high-quality estimates for the periods when IPS data is not being collected but have not been able to produce a full set of results. See the 2020 inbound page for more information.

The 2021 data is ‘incomplete’ as Eurotunnel data was unavailable for Q1 to Q3 but modelled for Q4. In addition, interviewing at Dover restarted from Q3 2021 and pseudo records for the Irish land border were also removed in 2021. More info can be found on the 2021 inbound page.

For 2022, Eurotunnel data was modelled for the first half of the year and the latest data can be found on the monthly and quarterly pages. Interviewing at Eurostar was not affected by Covid-19 restrictions in 2021 or the first half of 2022. The ONS restarted IPS interviews at all ports from July 2022.

Due to the above, the latest full year IPS data below is from 2019.

Global context

Measure2019
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)9.9
Global rank for international tourism expenditure34
Number of outbound visits (m)22.5
Most visited destinationUSA
Most visited destination in Western EuropeFrance

Key demographic and economic data

Measure2021
Population (m)130.0
GDP per capita PPP (US$)17,805
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)1.52
Annual GDP growth (%)6.6

Inbound visits to Britain from Mexico

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Access to Britain from Mexico

Measure2019
Weekly aircraft departures41
Weekly seat capacity11,755
Airports with direct routes in Mexico4
Airports with direct routes in Britain10
  • London Gatwick, Manchester International and London Heathrow had a combined 84% of market share for seat capacity in 2019
  • 4 airports in Mexico serve 10 British airports
  • There were 41 direct non-stopping flights from Mexico to Britain a week, in 2019
  • Cancun and Mexico City served 68% and 26% of Mexican seat capacity to the UK in 2019, respectively
  • The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic led to a 76% reduction in seat capacity from Mexico to the UK in 2020