New carriers, new destinations forecast as Mexico, U.S. sign agreement
Improved air transportation between Mexico and the United States is forecast as a result of a new agreement signed by the two countries on November 21.
Current limits on the number of airlines that can provide passenger service have been removed, which could mean new carriers entering the market, and new destinations being offered by existing carriers, said the United States Transportation Department.
Air cargo options could also be improved through access to locations that are not currently available.
“Travellers, shippers, airlines, and the economies of both countries will benefit from competitive pricing and more convenient air service,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.
The Secretariat of Communications and Transportation said the agreement will allow more flexibility in air traffic and improve connectivity, and bring better service to existing and new routes.
It will take effect January 1.
Mexican aviation workers, fearful that allowing U.S. airlines to operate in Mexico without restrictions will hurt the domestic industry, protested earlier this month in Mexico City. More than 10 domestic airlines have disappeared in Mexico in the last 10 years, and there are concerns that more will follow.
Details of the new agreement are not currently available.