United bolsters flights to Mexico

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Citing increasing demand, United Airlines plans to increase capacity to Mexico City from three of its hubs over the coming months.

The carrier was originally planning to launch Saturday-only service from Los Angeles this month. United would then add additional flight on Sundays from 16 December to 3 January, and then return to Saturday service.

Instead, the Chicago-based airline launched Saturday and Sunday service on 18 September, with the flights becoming daily on 5 October. A second daily flight will be added on 15 October, and a third on 4 January. Aeromexico and Alaksa Airlines also fly between the two cities, according to Innovata.

The carrier is also planning Mexico City flights from its Chicago-O'Hare hub, a route that it had operated once-weekly this summer. Saturday-only service will launch on 9 October, and will become twice-daily on 4 November.

American Airlines informed the Department of Transportation (DOT) last week that it plans to launch service between Chicago and Mexico City on 16 December. Previously it codeshared with Mexicana on the flight, but the carrier ceased operations last month after seeking creditor protection. Aeromexico also has double-daily service between the two cities, according to Innovata.

United will also add a second daily flight to Mexico City from its San Francisco hub on 4 November. Innovata schedules indicate that Aeromexico flies between the two cities daily.

A United spokesman says the new flights to all three hubs will be operated with the airline's fleet of Airbus narrowbodies, primarily the A319.

Schedules for Mexico City from United's hubs at Denver and Washington-Dulles have not changed, says the United spokesman. The airline has one daily flight from Washington, and will fly from Denver to Mexico City daily from 16 December to 3 January.