AeroMexico's and Mexicana's current timetables publish many connections @MEX that end up joining two different countries other than Mexico. I wonder how much traffic and profit these connections actually generate for both companies.
As an example, Mexicana publishes LAX-@MEX-MAD; anyone happens to know if they have a competitive fare for this? With a competitive fare, 16 hrs from LAX to MAD is not that bad. I wouldn't doubt at all that Mexican ethnic traffic originating in LAX could choose MX for a trip to Madrid.
In the same way there are many more other connections that make much more sense. I compiled a list of all published connections where I include TIJ as a gateway to Southern California and CTM as a gateway to Belize. I've used both TIJ and CTM many times for trips to San Diego and Belize City, San Pedro (Madonna's La Isla Bonita) and Caye Caulker. Connections DO NOT implicate change of airline. Here it is:
Airport>To>To Available connections
IAH>MEX> EZE, GRU, LIM
ORD>MEX> EZE*, GRU*, SCL, LIM, GUA, SJO, SAL
LAS>MEX> EZE*, GRU*, CTM, CCS, BOG, GUA, MAD, SJO, SAL
LAX>MEX> EZE*, GRU*, SCL, LIM (thru flight AM018), MGA, SAP, CTM, CCS, GUA, MAD, BOG, PTY, SJO, SAL, LGW
MIA>MEX> EZE, GRU, SCL, TIJ
JFK>MEX> EZE*, GRU, SCL, LIM
MCO>MEX> EZE*, GRU, SCL, TIJ
PHX>MEX> EZE, GRU
SAT>MEX> EZE*, BOG, GUA, LGW, SJO, PTY, SAL
DFW>MEX> EZE, PTY, GUA, SJO, SAL, CCS, CTM
DEN>MEX> EZE, GRU, GUA, SJO
SFO>MEX> EZE, MAD, CTM, BOG, SJO, SAL
YEG>MEX> CCS, CTM, BOG
YUL>MEX> EZE, GUA
YVR>MEX> EZE, GRU, CCS, SAL, SJO
YYC>MEX> CCS, PTY, BOG, CTM
YYZ>MEX> EZE, GUA
LGW>MEX> GUA, SJO, LAX, SAT
MAD>MEX> GUA, SJO, LAS, LAX, SFO
TIJ>NON-STOP> NRT, PVG / TIJ>MEX> EZE*, MAD*, GRU*, CDG, MGA, LIM, JFK, PTY, SAP, SCL, MIA, MCO, PTY, BOG, SJO, SAL, GUA, CCS, CTM
* Indicates a connection offered by both AM & MX.
Notice the fierce competition for EZE and GRU traffic?
Something else that I noticed is the perfect planning for Mexicana´s Havana connections, even though they do not publish them, I am sure they are delighted to sell separate tickets for all of these destinations:
HAV>MEX> MIA, EZE, BOG, YEG, CCS, CTM, ORD, DFW, DEN, YYC, GUA, LAS, LGW, LAX, YUL, JFK, PTY, TIJ, YYZ, YVR, SAT, SFO, SJO
Including this one:
SYD>LAX>MEX>HAV (MX/QF code share SYD-LAX)
What do you think? Should MEX give it a try to take on CM's PTY as "Hub of the Americas"?