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Delta expands Mexican reach

Delta Air Lines’ are launching the largest expansion into Mexico in the company’s history.Subject to Mexican government approvals, Delta plans to offer customers flights on 12 new non-stop routes between the United States and Mexico by June, including the airline’s first-ever service to Merida. Delta has received U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approval to serve the 12 new routes, which are now available for sale to customers. The new routes are:Ê
* Atlanta to Acapulco (April 5), Merida (Feb. 26) and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa (April 12)
* Cincinnati to Cancun (June 1) and Los Cabos (Feb. 18)
* Los Angeles to Cancun (June 3) and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa (April 15)
* New York-JFK to Acapulco (March 11), Cozumel (June 3), Los Cabos (April 8) and Puerto Vallarta (March 4)
* Salt Lake City to Mazatlan (March 8)
“Delta is continuing its forward momentum with dynamic growth into Mexico,” said James Sarvis, Delta’s director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “In addition to offering the second-most destinations to Central and South America as well as operating the second-largest Southeastern gateway to the Caribbean from our Atlanta hub, we will soon provide our customers with even more access to some of the most in-demand leisure locations in Mexico.”
Delta’s ongoing southward expansion in 2006 builds on flights already started to Mexico during 2005. In December, Delta began new service between Atlanta and Puerto Vallarta, added another flight each between Atlanta and Guadalajara (two daily) and Mexico City (three daily), and added a third flight that will operate seasonally between Atlanta and Monterrey.Ê
Additionally, Delta is seeking DOT approval to serve three additional routes by summer 2006: New York-JFK to Cancun, and Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. These pending route applications and new service will strengthen Delta’s already solid presence in Mexico in terms of available seats once all DOT and Mexican government approvals are received.