Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico accepted the final order issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation, granting them antitrust immunity to allow the airlines to establish a joint cooperation agreement. The airlines are establishing a transborder alliance between Mexico and the United States, expanding competition and benefiting customers of both airlines.
This partnership will not only benefit passengers, but also employees with growth of services and jobs for both airlines.
Once the conditions, requested by DOT and the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission are fulfilled, the agreement will allow the airlines to coordinate efforts to enhance the travel experience. This partnership will expand destinations and frequencies and offer improved connecting schedules and seamless operations.
“Together, Delta and Aeromexico are stronger in the U.S.–Mexico market than either airline can be on its own,” said Ed Bastian, chief executive officer, Delta. “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.”
The agreement will also improve experience on the ground, allowing the airlines to co-locate and invest in airport facilities with the improvement of gates and lounges. There will also be an increase in joint sales and marketing initiatives.
Delta will offer a strong presence in the United States through its hubs located in Atlanta (ATL), Detroit (DTW), Los Angeles (LAX), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), New York (JFK), Salt Lake City (SLC) and Seattle (SEA); while Aeromexico offers access to Mexico through its hubs in Mexico City (MEX), Monterrey (MTY) and Guadalajara (GDL).
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