The bilateral air treaty between the USA and Mexico is already paying big dividends. A few weeks ago, Interjet announced several new flights. Now Volaris, its Mexican low-cost competitor, has made its own announcement of several new routes between the USA and Mexico.
The flights will be between Mexico City and New York, San Francisco, Miami, and Houston. There is also one additional route between Guadalajara and Miami, and another between Denver and Monterrey. The San Francisco flights have already begun, the Denver flight begins December 1. The others begin in 2017, with Miami flights beginning February 1, and the New York and Houston flights will begin March 1. All flights will run once a day, four days per week.
Southwest Airlines has also announced that it is adding a third daily flight between Houston and Mexico City beginning January 5. As of now, there is only a very early morning or early evening departure. Now, there will be an afternoon departure as well.
This is all in addition to new routes being announced by Southwest Airlines and Delta. Delta announced routes from Cancun to New York City and Kansas City, and from San Jose del Cabo to Los Angeles, beginning December 17. Southwest announced flights from Los Angeles to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose del Cabo beginning December 4. It is also aiming to start the same routes from Oakland as well, with a tentative start date of February 2017.
All in all, this is good news. With the floodgates to competition open, any airline can open routes between US markets and Mexican cities. As a result, there will be more competition and lower fares for consumers, particularly since low-cost airlines are beginning some of the routes. One look forwards to further announcements.