MIAMI — Monday, Delta Air Lines announced that it will commence service between Los Angeles and Mexico City beginning on December 1st (subject to government approval). Delta will fly the route once daily using the 132 seat Airbus A319.

In addition to this flight, SkyTeam partner Aeromexico operates six daily flights between LAX and Mexico City using the 737-800 and 787 Dreamliner.

“L.A. is the No. 1 U.S. market to Mexico, and together Delta and Aeromexico offer the absolute best schedule between our hub at LAX and Aeromexico’s hub in Mexico City with 7 daily flights,” said Ranjan Goswami, Delta’s Vice President – Sales, West Region. “Our combined schedule gives customers access to more choices and 20 destinations beyond L.A., and our recent relocation to Terminals 2 and 3 makes it more convenient than ever for customers to connect to those destinations from LAX.”

“2017 is the year of Mexico in Los Angeles, a testament to the great numbers of Mexican Americans who call Los Angeles home, and the many more Angelenos who visit family and friends, vacation or do business in Mexico each year,” said Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports. “International flights are a strong driver of economic activity for our region, and I applaud Delta’s decision to return to the Mexico City market after 15 years.”

The new route is the latest in a series of new routes announced by Delta and Aeromexico between Mexico and the United States. In May, the two airlines expanded their partnership by announcing the following new routes:

  • Atlanta and Merida, Mexico, (subject to Government approval).
  • Atlanta and Queretaro, Mexico
  • Los Angeles and Leon, Mexico
  • Seattle and Mexico City
  • Portland, Ore., and Mexico City, (subject to Government approval).

In addition, the two airlines announced increases in frequencies on the following routes:

  • A second daily flight between Los Angeles and Los Cabos, Mexico
  • A third daily flight between New York-JFK and Cancun
  • A second daily flight between Atlanta and Leon, Mexico
  • A second daily flight between Atlanta and Guadalajara, Mexico

In May, Delta and Aeromexico launched a joint cooperation agreement (JCA) to operate transborder flights between the United States and Mexico.

This is the first airline alliance between Mexico and the United States. The partnership allows the carriers to expand competition and serve new destinations. Additional service and more convenient schedules will benefit customers of both companies while deepening the relationship the airlines have shared for more than 20 years.

In March 2017, Delta completed a cash tender offer to acquire 32 percent of Grupo Aeromexico. With the completion of the tender offer, Delta owns 36.2 percent of the outstanding shares of Grupo Aeromexico and holds options to acquire an additional 12.8 percent for a total of 49 percent of the outstanding shares of Grupo Aeromexico.