Aeromexico assumes Mexicana's Minatitlan service

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Grupo Aeromexico has launched service to Minatitlan, a domestic destination previously only served by Grupo Mexicana carrier Click.

Aeromexico in a statement today says it began serving Minatitlan earlier this week with a daily flight from its Mexico City hub. The new route is operated by regional subsidiary Aeromexico Connect with Embraer ERJ-145s.

According to Innovata, Minatitlan was previously only served by Click. Prior to ceasing operations along with sister carriers Mexicana and Link over the weekend, Click operated two daily flights on the Mexico City-Minatitlan route using a mix of Boeing 717s and Fokker 100s.

Aeromexico says Minatitlan is an important oil industry destination in the state of Veracruz. The carrier says it is also increasing capacity on its service to the port of Veracruz, which is the main city in the state of Veracruz.

According to Innovata Aeromexico Connect currently operates seven daily ERJ-145 flights on the Mexico City-Veracruz route. Aeromexico says two of these frequencies starting tomorrow will be upgraded to larger Embraer E-190s, which are also operated by its Aeromexico Connect subsidiary.

According to Innovata, Click operated six daily flights between Mexico City and Veracruz.

In Veracruz state, Aeromexico also serves Poza Rica. The carrier currently operates two daily ERJ-145 flights on the Mexico City-Poza Rica route, which according to Innovata is also served by turboprop operator Aeromar but was not served by Grupo Mexicana.

The addition of Minatitlan follows Grupo Aeromexico's announcements earlier this week that it planned to launch Mexico City-Mexicali and Mexico City-Tuxtla Gutierrez services, two routes also previously operated by Grupo Mexicana. Aeromexico also has announced extra frequencies on several other domestic routes to help fill the void left by Grupo Mexicana's exit.

Aeromexico also announced that today it moved into the new terminal B at the Monterrey airport. The new 21,000m2 (226,042ft2) terminal, which can accommodate up to two million passengers per year, was originally slated to open last year but the project was delayed due to the economic crisis.

Aeromexico says it now operates 10 domestic routes and four transborder routes from Monterrey. SkyTeam partner Delta Air Lines also has moved over to the new Terminal B.