Delta Air Lines plans to continue expanding its network to Mexico, as it builds on its codeshare partnership with Aeromexico.
The Atlanta-based SkyTeam Alliance member is considering new routes and additional frequencies to Aeromexico's hubs at Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey, says Christine Kennedy, general manager of international network planning for Latin America and the Caribbean at Delta, on the sidelines of the Routes Americas 2013 forum in Cartagena today.
"I'd rather see five-times daily to Mexico City [from Atlanta] and let Aeromexico serve all of the different [small] markets," she says.
Delta plans to launch flights between Fort Lauderdale and Mexico City from 1 June, according to a US Department of Transportation (DOT) application in January. Kennedy says that the Fort Lauderdale service is a "good way to get our hat in South Florida" and adds that the Miami-Mexico City route is currently full.
Aeromexico, American Airlines and Interjet fly between Miami and Mexico City, according to Innovata schedules.
Kennedy would not disclose any additional possible new markets but says that they would likely be between Delta's hubs - Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Los Angeles, New York and Salt Lake City - and Aeromexico's hubs.
"We will have flat capacity growth this year," she says. "That makes [route] development activities more difficult."
Delta flies to nine cities in Mexico, including Cancun, Los Cabos and the aforementioned hubs, according to Innovata FlightMaps Analytics.