United Airlines announced plans to slash several flights to Mexico, as they are blaming due to poor demand. As an example of the cutbacks, the airline will be slashing their nonstop service between Los Angeles and Mexico City effective October 4, 2018 completely.
Other cuts come service to Huatulco (HUX); Mazatlan (MZT), and Villahermosa (VSA). United blames the Delta Air Lines/AeroMexico joint venture as a reason for some of the cutbacks.
“While our Mexico network remains strong, customer demand on certain routes has declined and service to some markets is unsustainable,” United said. “We continue to closely monitor demand for travel in the region and look for new flying opportunities for our customers.”
United is stepping back from Mexico as Delta Air Lines Inc. marks the one-year anniversary of an alliance with Grupo Aeromexico SAB that allows the carriers to jointly plan schedules and set fares on 1,100 weekly flights. Delta also holds a 49 percent stake in Aeromexico.
Still, a Saturday flight between Mexico City and Denver will cease June 23, and service between Houston and Mexico City will be cut by one frequency. United will drop two daily flights between Los Angeles and Leon/Guanajuato in October.
Despite the recent cutbacks, United still plans to have a focus on Mexico, as they continue to evolve their route network. However, not all service changes will cuts for United, as the airline will be upguaging service from Houston to San Luis Potosi from a CRJ200 to a 76-seat regional jet.
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