Avianca resumes codeshare with Oneworld-bound Mexicana

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Colombia's Avianca and Mexico's Mexicana are to reactivate a codeshare agreement which was suspended several months ago.

The two initially launched a bilateral alliance while Mexicana was still a member of Star Alliance. Its migration towards Oneworld required a commercial and technological reassessment of its other partners, and certain codeshare agreements - like that with Avianca - were axed.

Their renewed agrement will allow both carriers to sell all flights between Colombia and Mexico with their respective codes.

Avianca will also put a Mexicana code on its connecting flights from Bogota to Cali, Medellin, Cartagena, Bucaramanga, Manzinales and the San Andres Island.

Mexicana will operate flights from its Mexico City hub to Acapulco, Cancun, Ciudad del Carmen, Guadalajara, Los Cabos, Mérida, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Tampico, Veracruz and Villahermosa.

The agreement also includes a tie-up between both carriers' frequent-flyer programmes.

While Mexicana is planning to join Oneworld by October, Avianca remains independent, with a strategy that includes codeshares Iberia and Star Alliance candidate TACA.