The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted Delta Air Lines and Aeroméxico antitrust immunity today, allowing them to establish a joint agreement. This historic agreement will create the largest transborder alliance between Mexico and the U.S., expand competition, and benefit customers of both airlines.
Delta’s hub at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, as well as others in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, and Salt Lake City will continue to contribute to the company’s strong presence in the U.S., while Aeroméxico will offer increased flights through Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara. In the coming year, Detroit Metro will have more options for those traveling to Mexico, including a non-stop flight from Detroit to Mexico City scheduled to begin April 1, 2017 and a Detroit to Monterrey flight scheduled to coincide with the busy summer travel season. With the addition of these flights, Aeroméxico will become one of the airport’s largest foreign carriers.
“Together, Delta and Aeroméxico are stronger in the U.S.-Mexico market than either airline can be on its own,” says Ed Bastian, Delta CEO. “The partnership will make it possible for us to offer customers more flights to more destinations, with more choices every time someone travels across the border. We will offer industry-leading reliability, great service and an unmatched array of options.”
Once conditions requested by DOT and the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission have been fulfilled, the agreement will allow Aeroméxico and Delta to coordinate efforts to enhance the travel experience with expanded destinations and frequencies, improved connecting schedules and seamless operations
The agreement will also improve the experience on the ground, allowing the airlines to co-locate and invest in airport facilities by improving gates and lounges. The airlines also will increase joint sales and marketing initiatives.