In my opinion (I may be wrong), UA
did not mind not flying to cities like ACA
, etc. because MX
was its codeshare partner. Now that MX
is no longer a partner of UA
might want to consider starting flights to some coastal destinations in Mexico. At the moment, UA
lags well behind the other major airlines from the U.S. in terms of destinations in Mexico (and also behind some smaller airlines and LCC's).
In addition, I also guess that UA
was counting on USAirways to help it serve some destinations in Mexico (they already do CUN
and COZ from CLT
and, possibly, from PHI, I am not sure). I don't know if USAirways is still bound to become a member of Star Alliance now that it is in a dire situation (I don't even know if they will survive), and my guess is that if USAirways doesn't join Star, UA
will have to make a decision to fly to Mexican beaches or not soon.
In then end, it seems to me it will all boil down to whether doing that is profitable or not. These cities are evidently leisure destinations and what does it for leisure travelers is not frequent flyer programs, brand recognition (service differentiation) or any of the things that matter to business travelers. What does it for them is low fares, so it remains to be seen whether UA
will want to take the risk of competing with majors and LCC's in a market where margins are low.
A question just to satisfy my curiosity: which Star Alliance airlines have flights to one or more Mexican beach cities? I guess AC
might have a couple and perhaps RG
might have a flight to CUN
. Anybody know?
Next flights: MEX-LAX AM 738, LAX-PVG DL 77L, SHA-PEK CA 789, PEK-PVG CA A332, PVG-ORD MU 77W, ORD-MEX AM 738