AeroMexico Plans to Launch Six Weekly Flights between New Orleans, Mexico City and Honduras July 6

Dépèche transmise le 7 avril 2009 par Business Wire

AeroMexico Plans to Launch Six Weekly Flights between New Orleans, Mexico City and Honduras July 6

AeroMexico Plans to Launch Six Weekly Flights between New Orleans, Mexico City and Honduras July 6

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AeroMexico, the global airline of Latin America, announced today that it plans to launch six weekly, non-stop flights on July 6 between New Orleans and Mexico City, with convenient connecting flights to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The route represents the first new international flight service to be announced for New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina and is part of AeroMexico’s aggressive expansion plans for North America.

Frank Galan, Vice President, U.S. Division, AeroMexico, said “These flights between New Orleans, Mexico City and San Pedro Sula reflect the strong, historical ties that exist between the people of Louisiana, Mexico and Honduras. We see a very healthy market that will only grow stronger in the future.”

The Hispanic population in New Orleans is the fastest growing of any major U.S. city. Following Hurricane Katrina, many Hispanic workers flocked to New Orleans to help rebuild the city. Today, as many as 250,000 people of Hispanic origin reside in southern Louisiana, according to the U.S. Census & Geoscape International (2008).

The greater New Orleans area also has one of the largest Honduran populations in the United States. More than 80,000 residents in New Orleans and surrounding areas trace their heritage to Honduras, according to the National Immigration Law Center (2008).

Economic links between the Crescent City and Central American country date back to the days when two Louisiana-based companies, Standard Fruit and United Fruit, were importing fruit from Honduras and a large number of Hondurans migrated to New Orleans.

Galan said the new flight service will provide a convenient way for residents in the greater New Orleans area, who have relatives in Mexico and Honduras, to visit their native countries. He also noted that the route being established by AeroMexico will provide the fastest way to travel between New Orleans, Mexico City and San Pedro Sula.

AeroMexico also sees the new route as a potential business generator for New Orleans and Southern Louisiana, Mexico and Honduras. With more than 20 million residents, greater Mexico City is the largest metropolitan area in North America with expanding business as well as cultural ties to the New Orleans area. San Pedro Sula, a city of more than one million residents, is a major transportation hub with industries ranging from coffee production to garment assembly.

Mexico City offers a wealth of tourism opportunities ranging from the historic Zocalo town square and Paseo de la Reforma to the internationally renowned National Museum of Anthropology, Chapultepec Park, and world-class dining, shopping and entertainment. Honduras is a historic gateway to some of Central America’s oldest archeological sites, making it an inexpensive vacation getaway for New Orleans residents looking to stretch their tourist dollars.

Travelers on this route between New Orleans, Mexico City and San Pedro Sula will benefit from AeroMexico’s winning combination of competitive fares and a premier style that reflects the airline’s dynamic Mexican heritage. While on board the airline’s 50-seat ERJ 145 regional jets, passengers will receive complimentary meals and beverages, including cocktails. In addition, flight schedules will provide passengers with convenient arrival and departure times to complement the airline’s superior, on-time performance record.

The airline has been recognized with several major industry awards, including “Best Airline in Mexico” in 2008 by readers of both Global Traveler and Business Traveler, two of the world’s leading travel magazines.

AeroMexico and its subsidiary, AeroMexico Connect, currently operate more than 600 daily flights through the airline’s new Terminal 2 at its Mexico City International Airport hub to more than 45 destinations in Mexico, 16 U.S. locations in 11 states, two cities in two Canadian provinces as well as major cities that include Buenos Aires, Paris and Tokyo in 11 other countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia. U.S. cities served are Los Angeles, Ontario (Ca.), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver, San Antonio, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, Orlando and Miami. AeroMexico Vacations provides customized vacation travel packages throughout this network. The airline also offers connecting service to other international destinations through its SkyTeam global airline alliance with 11 full member carriers and three associate carriers. AeroMexico has been recognized for its award-winning style of personalized in-flight service, one of the world’s best on-time flight records, the highest safety and quality standards ratings, outstanding reliability and baggage handling performance, and exceptional value based on its competitive fares and superior service. Additional information is available at www.aeromexico.com or 1-800-237-6639.

Business Wire

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