Aeromar and Continental to begin codeshare next week

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Mexican regional carrier Aeromar is ready to launch its planned codeshare with Continental Airlines next week.

In a statement today, Continental announced that from 1 February it will place its code on Aeromar-operated flights between Mexico City and 13 domestic destinations.

The two carriers forged last year a new codeshare and frequent flier partnership. But the codeshare element of this partnership, initially expected to begin on 30 August, had to be postponed after the US FAA decided in July to downgrade Mexico to a category two safety rating.

Mexico regained a category one rating late last year, allowing Aeromar to again pursue a codeshare with a US carrier.

Aeromar last July told ATI it aimed to also place its code on some Continental-operated flights as part of a second phase of the new codeshare agreement. But today's announcement from Continental, which is now a subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, does not indicate when this second phase may begin.

Aeromar currently operates a fleet of ATR 42 turboprops and newly acquired Bombardier CRJ200s, predominantly on domestic routes. Aeromar is an independent regional carrier but had an extensive codeshare with Mexicana before the Mexican carrier ceased operations last August.

"The expansion of our partnership with Continental via codesharing will continue to broaden our leading joint market presence to better serve our customers, especially at a time when Aeromar is phasing in its first regional jets and further developing its route network within Mexico," says Aeromar president Ami Lindenberg.