Aeromexico plans Monterrey hub

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Aeromexico is planning to create a full hub operation in Monterrey with the launch of several new routes, partly in cooperation with SkyTeam partner Delta Air Lines.

While Aeromexico has not made a formal announcement, the operator of the Monterrey airport, Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte (OMA), has confirmed that Aeromexico has started to build up new routes and frequencies in order to convert Monterrey into a "regional, national and international hub" with four daily connecting banks.

"The project begins this year with the introduction of five new direct routes to Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos," OMA says in a statement, implying that further route launches are planned in the future. In November, Delta will reinforce the international connectivity of the hub with a flight to Los Angeles.

Aeromexico's frequencies to existing destinations are being ramped up for the hub structure, including to Mexico City, with 17 flights to the capital and to Guadalajara with eight daily flights.

The domestic routes will be operated by Aeromexico and Aeromexico Connect with their respective Boeing 737 and Embraer regional jet fleets.

Both Aeromexico and Delta have operated since 2010 from the airport's Terminal B.

Monterrey, which is located in north-eastern Mexico relatively close to the US border with Texas, is Mexico's third largest metropolitan area.