It will soon be easier for U.S. and Mexican carriers to add new routes between the nations.
The United States and Mexico said they will end current restrictions that cap the number of passenger airlines that can fly on any one route between the nations. The agreement — announced on Friday, November 21st — will become effective on Thursday January 1, 2016, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.
“The new agreement will benefit U.S. and Mexican passenger and cargo airlines, airports, travelers, and businesses by allowing significantly increased market access for passenger and cargo airlines to fly between any city in Mexico and any city in the United States,” the State Department said. “Cargo airlines, for the first time, will have expanded opportunities to provide service to new destinations that were not available under the current agreement.”
That current agreement places significant restrictions on the number of carriers permitted to fly U.S.-Mexico routes. Enacted in 2005, that agreement generally allows only two U.S. airlines and two Mexican airlines to fly on a single route between U.S. and Mexican airports. Some routes have different restriction details, but the agreement effectively caps the number of airlines that can begin service between U.S.-Mexico city pairs.
“The new agreement will remove the numerical limitations on the number of airlines that may provide passengers service in all U.S.-Mexico city pairs,” the U.S. Department of Transportation said in its own statement about the agreement.
“As a result, some city-pair markets might see the entrance of new carriers for the first time in many years, and airlines can consider offering new service in destinations that they could have never considered previously,” the DOT adds.
U.S. Department of State Statement (Friday, November 21st, 2014)
Today, U.S. government officials led by the Department of State’s Economic and Business Affairs Bureau reached agreement, ad referendum, on a new civil aviation agreement between the United States and Mexico. The agreement will enter into force on January 1, 2016, after both parties have completed their necessary routine internal processes.
The new agreement, when brought into force, will benefit U.S. and Mexican passenger and cargo airlines, airports, travelers, and businesses by allowing significantly increased market access for passenger and cargo airlines to fly between any city in Mexico and any city in the United States. Cargo airlines, for the first time, will have expanded opportunities to provide service to new destinations that were not available under the current agreement.
This air transport agreement further elevates and strengthens the dynamic commercial and economic relationship between the United States and Mexico by facilitating greater trade and tourism. It is a key element of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, that aims to promote competitiveness and connectivity, foster economic growth, productivity and innovation, and partner for regional and global leadership.
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