Mexicana to launch London-Mexico City route

7 Nov 2008 by Mark Caswell

Oneworld member-elect Mexicana is to start a twice weekly service from
Mexico City to
London Gatwick this January. The Mexican carrier plans to increase the frequency to
four a week in February.

Adolfo Crespo, Mexicana’s director of corporate
communications, said the new route was aimed at the business traveller and would
complement BA’s three flights a week from Heathrow to Mexico

Mr Crespo said business class on these flights was
“saturated” but conceded that the business market at the moment was “not

He added: “Mexico is hosting more and more meetings and
conventions and the entire investment in Mexico
has grown dramatically. There is a need for another direct link,” he

Mr Crespo said that Mexicana, formerly a member of the
Star Alliance, would be joining the oneworld network, which includes BA, next
year (see online news April 10). The airline is also planning to start flights from
Mexico City to Madrid next year.

Mr Crespo said his carrier would be using Boeing
767-200s for the London service with 156 seats, 40 in business
class and 116 in economy.

He said flights from Gatwick would be timed for onward
connections to destinations in Latin and Central
America served by Mexicana. Waits would be no longer than 90

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