Aeromexico, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines drive 8% growth in US-Mexico seats; Interjet capacity up over 50%

A number of new routes it has launched this year, including daily flights to Hermosillo from Dallas/Fort Worth, back in mid-June.

American Airlines has overtaken United Airlines as the biggest provider of weekly seat capacity between the US and Mexico (as of September 2013), partly thanks to a number of new routes it has launched this year, including daily flights to Hermosillo from Dallas/Fort Worth, back in mid-June.

The air travel market between the US and its southern neighbour Mexico, is once again booming. According to Innovata / Diio Mi schedule data, seat capacity between the two countries is up 8.2% this summer, helped by a raft of new routes that have started in the last 12 months. Nine of the top 12 airlines serving this country-pair have increased capacity, and in total 17 airlines currently operate at least one scheduled route between the two countries. The 12 US airlines have just over 69% of the seat capacity, down from almost 72% last September. This is because the five Mexican carriers (Aeromar, Aeromexico, Interjet, Volaris and VivaAerobus) have grown their combined seat capacity by 18%, while US carriers have increased their offerings by a more modest 4.3%.

Leading airlines serving US-Mexico market Change in weekly seats (weekly departing seats Sep 13)

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for September 2013 and September 2012

Since last September American Airlines has overtaken United Airlines to be the leading carrier in this market, though Aeromexico (+21.5%) appears to be making a strong bid to pass both of them, having added more weekly seats into the market than any other carrier. However, the fastest-growing in percentage terms is Interjet, which has increased capacity by almost 56%, but from a significantly smaller base.

Mexican carriers start twice as many new services as US carriers

anna.aero has determined that 21 new services have been started in the last 12 months, that are still operating in mid-September 2013. Two-thirds of these are operated by Mexican carriers, with Las Vegas and Los Angeles leading the way with three new services each.

Launch date Airline From (code) To (code) WF (aircraft)
2 October 2012 Volaris Uruapan (UPN) Los Angeles (LAX) 1 (A319)
3 October 2012 Volaris Guanajuato (BJX) Chicago Midway (MDW) 1 (A319)
11 October 2012 Interjet Guadalajara (GDL) Santa Ana (SNA) 7 (A320)
11 October 2012 Interjet Mexico City (MEX) Santa Ana (SNA) 7 (A320)
5 November 2012 Aeromexico Mexico City (MEX) Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) 14 (E190)
8 November 2012 Volaris Guadalajara (GDL) Sacramento (SMF) 2 (A319)
11 November 2012 Interjet Monterrey (MTY San Antonio (SAT) 2 (A320)
15 November 2012 Interjet Toluca (TLC) Las Vegas (LAS) 2 (A320)
14 December 2012 Aeromexico Monterrey (MTY) Laredo (LRD) 7 (ERJ 145)
14 March 2013 Interjet Monterrey (MTY) Las Vegas (LAS) 2 (A320)
18 March 2013 Aeromar Mexico City (MEX) McAllen (MFE) 5 (CRJ 200)
24 March 2013 Aeromexico Loreto (LTO) Los Angeles (LAX) 2 (ERJ 145)
20 June 2013 Aeromexico Puerto Penasco (PPE) Las Vegas (LAS) 2 (ERJ 145)
20 June 2013 Aeromexico La Paz (LAP) Los Angeles (LAX) 2 (E190)
Source: anna.aero New Route Database  WF: Weekly frequency when launched

American Airlines ensured that Dallas/Fort Worth gained the most new services (three) with San Jose Del Cabo, the only Mexican airport to gain more than one new service from US carriers.

Launch date Airline From (code) To (code) WF (aircraft)
8 November 2012 Spirit Airlines San Diego (SAN) San Jose de Cabo (SJD) 7 (A319)
15 November 2012 American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Puebla (PBC) 7 (ERJ 135)
19 December 2012 United Airlines Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Monterrey (MTY) 7 (CRJ700)
10 March 2013 AirTran Airways Denver (DEN) San Jose de Cabo (SJD) 7 (B73G)
8 June 2013 Delta Air Lines Los Angeles (LAX) Puerto Vallarta (PVR) 1 (A320)
12 June 2013 American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Hermosillo (HMO) 7 (ERJ 140)
12 June 2013 American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Zacatecas (ZCL) 3 (ERJ 140)
Source: anna.aero New Route Database

A couple of additional services were identified that began in the last 12 months, but are not operating for most of September/October 2013, but then resume in November 2013. These were Spirit Airlines’ Dallas/Fort Worth to Cancun and San Jose Del Cabo services.


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