Aeromexico adds capacity on seven US routes

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Aeromexico has unveiled plans to almost immediately add frequencies on several US routes, taking advantage of Mexico's return to a FAA category one safety rating.

The SkyTeam carrier also announced today it intends to launch services in the first half of 2011 to Caracas, Guatemala City and San Salvador.

From its Mexico City hub Aeromexico says it will begin operating on 6 December a fifth daily flight to Los Angeles, a fourth daily flight to New York JFK, a fourth daily flight to Miami, a third daily flight to Chicago and a second daily flight to Las Vegas.

The carrier says it will also add from 11 January two weekly frequencies from Mexico City to San Antonio, Texas. This route is currently served once per day.

Aeromexico says all the additional flights are permanent and will expand Aeromexico's transborder operation to 434 weekly flights.

Mexicana was the largest Mexican carrier in the US-Mexico market prior to ceasing operations in August. Several US carriers have since added services to Mexico but until this week Mexican carriers were not able to fill the void left by Mexicana in the transborder market due to category two.

Mexico was placed by the FAA into category two in July, making it impossible for Mexican carriers to launch new US routes or increase their total capacity on transborder routes.

Aeromexico also says category two will allow it to resume putting the code of SkyTeam partner Delta Air Lines on its flights. The codeshare will resume on 11 December and covers 45 daily Aeromexico-operated flights.

ATI reported last month that Aeromexico planned to resume service to Montreal and increase its Mexico City-Buenos Aires service from five to 10 weekly flights. The carrier says today it also plans to increase its Mexico City-Sao Paulo service from seven to nine weekly flights.

ATI also reported last month that Aeromexico was planning to launch service to Panama City and Vancouver in the first half of 2011. Today the carrier says in addition to Panama City and Vancouver Aeromexico intends to launch services in 2011 to Caracas, Guatemala City and San Salvador as well as resume service to Toronto.

The carrier has not yet set exact launch dates or schedules for any of the new markets.