I flew from New York to San Diego through Mexico using an obscure border loophole — here’s what it was like

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Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.

Tijuana International Airport directly connects with the US through a private border crossing called Cross Border Xpress.
The cross-border terminal allows travelers to access Tijuana International and its cheap fares to cities inside Mexico without having to enter Tijuana and deal with busy border crossings. 
I put Cross Border Xpress to the test by flying from New York to Tijuana and immediately crossing back into the US. 

Conventional wisdom dictates that the fastest way to fly between New York and San Diego, California isn’t through Mexico. Such a routing on a single ticket isn’t even legal thanks to federal cabotage laws.

But that’s where Tijuana International Airport’s new cross-border terminal comes in. Travelers can book flights to the airport and walk right into San Diego, without ever having to step foot in Tijuana itself.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.

Cross Border Xpress, as the private border crossing is known, is solely available to passengers flying in and out of Tijuana International, drastically reducing border crossing times for air travelers and taking the hassle out of flying out of Mexico’s northwesternmost city.The Cross Border Xpress bridge over the US-Mexico border fence.

The terminal wasn’t built as an alternative to San Diego International Airport so that Americans could fly between two US cities. Rather, it’s meant to give travelers more options when flying to Mexico’s interior including access to Mexico’s ultra-low-cost airlines, and ultimately save them the international air travel taxes that drive up airfares.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.

But I wanted to test CBX to the extreme so I booked a ticket from New York to Tijuana through Mexico City just to use the crossing. Here’s how it went.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.

My journey was simple: New York to Mexico City on Delta and Mexico City to Tijuana on Aeromexico. If I played my cards right, I wouldn’t have to take one step inside Mexico beyond the two airports.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.

There are no direct flights from New York to Tijuana and a stop in Mexico City was about the most direct routing I could get with the fewest connections. The total journey time was scheduled to be just shy of 12 hours.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.


Source:: Business Insider

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