Delta Air Lines will add nonstop service to Mexico City from its Minneapolis/St. Paul hub.
Daily service will begin June 8, with Delta offering one daily round-trip flight on 132-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.
Minneapolis/St. Paul will become the sixth city to get nonstop service to Mexico City on Delta. The carrier already flies to the Mexican capital from its hubs in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York JFK and Salt Lake City.
For Mexico City customers, Delta says the Minneapolis/St. Paul option will create connections to “more than a dozen cities in the U.S and Canada not available over other Delta hubs.”
"Delta Air Lines' decision to provide direct service to Mexico City from its hub in Minneapolis/St. Paul is great news for people and businesses throughout Minnesota," Brian Ryks, CEO for the Metropolitan Airports Commission that runs the airport, said in a statement. "Mexico City is the most popular destination in Latin America lacking direct air service from MSP International Airport. On average, 700 people a day travel from MSP to Mexico.”
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Delta says the flights will be operated “in conjunction” with joint-venture partner Aeromexico. The carriers are each members of the SkyTeam frequent-flyer alliance and Delta owns a 49 percent stake in Aeromexico, Mexico’s biggest carrier.
As part of the partnership, the airlines can share revenues on certain routes and sell connecting tickets on each other’s flights. A Delta passenger flying from Minneapolis/St. Paul, for example, could fly to Mexico City on Delta and then connect to an Aeromexico flight to one of its other destinations in Mexico or Central America.
Steve Sear, a top Delta executive for international service and sales, touted the new Mexico City service as one of the “most requested destinations” for Minneapolis/St. Paul customers.
"At the same time, it allows for more choice and options for customers in many U.S. and Canadian cities through one convenient, easy connection as well as easy connections to dozens of destinations in Mexico thanks to our partnership with Aeromexico,” Sears added.
Aeromexico flies to Mexico City from four cities, all of which are hubs of Delta. Aeormexico flies alongside Delta from Detroit, Los Angeles and New York JFK. It also flies to Mexico City from Seattle, one of Delta’s newest hub cities.
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