Please include the airlines.

I'm only interested in direct flights. In particular no flight may be via USA.

Any country in East Asia and Southeast Asia is OK. I'll have a Chinese visa and can enter most other countries visa free or visa on arrival.

So far it seems that Aeromexico flies into Tokyo Japan, Shanghai China, and Seoul (Incheon) Korea. But I'm not even 100% positive these flights are direct.


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I plugged "Mexico, anywhere" to "China, anywhere" for a random Friday in August into Skyscanner, and it only throws up one-stop connections - no direct flights. Ditto going to South Korea, India, Singapore. However, there is a single direct flight from Mexico City to Tokyo (14h on Aeromexico).

On a Saturday, I can see a direct flight from Tijuana to Shanghai, as well as Mexico City to Tokyo again.

The flights are AM98 (to Shanghai) and AM58 (to Tokyo). The AM98 code is used for both Mexico City - Tijuana and Tijuana - Shanghai legs of the journey, but looking at a recent flight map it seems pretty clear it's non-stop after Tijuana. AM58, likewise, does not seem to stop.

Going beyond that answer - if you're happy to tolerate a connection anywhere but the US, there are flights which connect in Canada; however, I think they have US-type transit visa requirements, so it might not be any more help. The long way around via a connection in Europe might be worth looking at in case a cheap ticket via some unusual route turns up; you can (mostly) have airside transit without visas there.

  • Yes Skyscanner doesn't seem any good at finding these but they do seem to exist. Inda is neither East nor Southeast Asia by the way. ANA airlines in japan had posted some news about direct flights to Mexico but I couldn't find details. The Shanghai-Tijuana seems to have very good prices at least showing up sometimes. I used to fly Australia-Japan-Canada-Mexico years ago but it works out a bit expensive. Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 8:33
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    @hippietrail good catch on India/SE Asia - I just saw "Asia" in the title and forgot the clarification in the text! Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 8:40
  • Here's a random link about the ANA flights: "ANA plans direct flights to Mexico City from Narita" Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 8:42
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    TIJ is starting to turn into an interesting airport for people traveling between Asia and the Americas who can't or don't want to transit the US...and for people who can, San Diego is a short walk away. Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 14:07
  • @MichaelHampton 5 years later its also a great airport if you want to fly to the US without getting a COVID test (no test for Mexico and no test for overland crossings to the US) :-)
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Dec 27, 2021 at 18:12

https://www.flightconnections.com/flights-from-mexico-city-mex lists the following direct flight from MEX airport to Asia:

  • MEX -> ICN
  • MEX -> IST (in Europe but a few kms away from Asia without having to cross a border)
  • MEX -> NRT

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https://www.flightconnections.com/flights-from-canc%C3%BAn-cun lists the following direct flight from CUN (Cancún) airport to countries that are partly in Asia (Russia and Turkey), but the airports themselves are in Europe:

  • CUN -> IST
  • CUN -> SVO Moscow Sheremetyevo
  • CUN -> VKO Moscow Vnukovo (seasonal route that starts in December and ends in January)

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https://www.flightconnections.com/flights-from-guadalajara-gdl, https://www.flightconnections.com/flights-from-monterrey-mty, https://www.flightconnections.com/flights-from-tijuana-tij shows no direct flights from GDL (Guadalajara), MTY (Monterrey) and TIJ airports to Asia.

MEX, CUN, GDL, TIJ and MTY are the top 5 Mexican airports.

# Airport IATA ICAO 2020[1] %
1 Mexico City International Airport MEX MMMX 21,977,268 Decrease56.31%
2 Cancún International Airport CUN MMUN 12,259,148 Decrease51.89%
3 Guadalajara International Airport GDL MMGL 8,094,115 Decrease45.40%
4 Tijuana International Airport TIJ MMTJ 6,310,798 Decrease29.23%
5 Monterrey International Airport MTY MMMY 4,994,170 Decrease55.32%
6 Los Cabos International Airport SJD MMSD 2,927,987 Decrease45.16%
7 Puerto Vallarta International Airport PVR MMPR 2,489,825 Decrease49.51%
8 Del Bajío International Airport BJX MMLO 1,377,573 Decrease49.85%
9 Culiacán International Airport CUL MMCL 1,373,102 Decrease44.16%
10 Mérida International Airport MID MMMD 1,297,308 Decrease53.51%
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    SVO and VKO are not located in Asia, in fact it's strange that flightconnections is claiming that, it was pretty fine-grained with regards to world regions.
    – alamar
    Commented Dec 27, 2021 at 10:03
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    I've just re-checked and it does not claim so. Please note that there are no direct services between Cancún and Africa, Southern Asia, China, Japan, Eastern Asia, South-Eastern Asia, Central Asia or Oceania according to flightconnections.
    – alamar
    Commented Dec 27, 2021 at 10:05
  • @alamar thank you, good point, edited Commented Dec 27, 2021 at 10:10

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