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New US-Mexico Agreement: Up To Three Airlines!

Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:36 pm

"An agreement signed today expands from two to three the number of airlines allowed to fly between U-S airports and 14 Mexican resorts and cities.

The accord is meant to provide more competition and flights to Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Guadalajara (starting October 2007), Huatulco, Ixtapa, Loreto, Manzanillo, Mazatalan, Merida, Monterrey(starting October 2007), Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo."

Furthermore, the new deal between the DOT and the SCT (Mexican DOT) will consider TLC and MEX as the same destination for marketing and ticketing purposes. It's not an "open skies" deal, but it's an improvement over the current agreement.

http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=4236103 (English)
http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/320394.html (Spanish)
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RE: New US-Mexico Agreement: Up To Three Airlines!

Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:50 pm

The key word there is "signed". We've known about the agreement for a while, since many airlines have applied to be the 3rd airline on some popular routes. But nice to know the deal didn't fall apart.

Another interesting item in this article though is this:
"The agreement adds a new provision for U.S. and Mexican carriers to enter into code-sharing arrangements with carriers from third countries for their U.S.-Mexico services."

Also here is the link to the US Goverment's announcement:
http://www.dot.gov/affairs/dot17805.htm
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RE: New US-Mexico Agreement: Up To Three Airlines!

Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:52 pm

glad to see that there will be more competition for the mentioned cities... it's a joke having to pay over $600 for Y class to fly to CZM.... Although, with Mexico been so close, open skies should be granted...
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RE: New US-Mexico Agreement: Up To Three Airlines!

Tue Dec 13, 2005 2:40 pm

Good news! I'm sure 6A, ZE or the new comers will seek for MID-MIA, CUN-MIA, LTO-LAX, ZLO-LAX, MZT-LAX, PVR-LAX and SJD-LAX!

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RE: New US-Mexico Agreement: Up To Three Airlines!

Tue Dec 13, 2005 3:27 pm

And in conjunction with this, the DOT today issued a bunch of U.S.-Mexico authorities now that the third designations are available:

AA: JFK-SJD
DL: LAX-CUN, NYC-SJD
NK: DFW-CUN
OH: CVG-CUN
UA: LAX-CUN, ORD-PVR
U5: DTW-CUN, MKE-CUN, ORD-PVR/SJD, STL-CUN
And a slew of cargo authorities as well.

NK also just got its MCO-CUN authority the other day, and DL just got its ATL-ACA/ZIH authorities the other day.

There are still other uncontested applications, like US for BWI-CUN and DL for BOS-CUN, IAD-CUN, LAX-ZIH, and those will probably be granted as soon as tomorrow. The DOT is apparently incapable of even issuing a few too many uncontested awards on the same day.

The contested routes (like ORD-CUN and LAX-PVR/SJD) remain pending, but the DOT will be able to get the selection proceedings underway. They'll probably issue timelines for submissions in the next few days, and the route authorities should be finally issued sometime around 2009.  Smile
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RE: New US-Mexico Agreement: Up To Three Airlines!

Fri Dec 16, 2005 9:27 am

And the DOT issued a few more authorities today:

DL: BOS/IAD-CUN, LAX-ZIH
US: BWI-CUN
U5: IAD-CUN

I believe that's the last of the uncontested Mexico applications that were filed as a result of the increase in available authorities, and that they've all been granted now.

Of course, the DOT still hasn't started the proceeding for the contested markets yet, keeping in with their usual practice of dragging everything out for months and months and months, letting valuable service rights sit wasted in the meantime.
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