Good news for travelers to Mexico: American, Continental, Delta, and United are all increasing service and adding new routes south of the border to fill in some of the gaps that Mexicana left when it went bankrupt in August; many of the changes kick in this fall.
American is seriously bulking up its Mexico service, with additional flights to Aguascalientes, Cancun, Guadalajara, Leon/Guanajuato, and Mexico City, as well as brand-new routes to Queretaro and Veracruz launching this fall and winter.
Dallas will see a trio of improvements starting November 18, when the airline increases daily flights to Mexico City by one, bringing the total to four takeoffs each day; a second daily flight to Aguascalientes will also lift off November 18. Four flights, instead of three, will service Leon/Guanajuato from Dallas beginning December 16, and Queretaro and Veracruz itineraries start February 10.
Miami also enjoys increased service this fall, with an extra route to Mexico City beginning November 18, for a total of three daily flights to the capital city. Starting February 10, Cancun will receive five daily flights from Miami, an increase from the previous four weekday routes.
Continental – already the U.S. leader in service to Mexico, with 30 destinations in the country on its roster – added daily, direct flights between Los Angeles and Leon/Guanajuato, effective November 1.
In February, the airline will cash in on spring break traffic by adding weekly nonstop flights to Cancun from Austin, San Antonio, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, pending government approval. If given the go-ahead, the first routes will take off February 19.
Seasonal flights to Cancun and Cozumel used to be Delta’s only Mexico offerings, but starting January 8, the carrier plans to fly one plane nonstop from Memphis to Mexico City each Saturday; Mexico City will be the Tennessee town’s sixth international destination.
The world’s largest carrier already added an additional Mexico City flight from Los Angeles October 15, and on January 4 it will increase service to the capital city from Chicago, Denver, and San Francisco; they'll also launch one more Los Angeles flight that same day.
Chicago’s Mexico City service will spike the most, from one weekly Saturday flight to twice-daily nonstop service, while San Francisco will offer two nonstop routes a day instead of one. United will fly once a day from Denver to Mexico City December 16 through January 3.