JetBlue is set to end services to Mexico City according to reporting from One Mile At A Time. The airline announced it will be pulling out of Mexico’s capital city from January 2020. This marks a continuing trend after Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines also suspended service to Mexico City.
JetBlue is scrapping routes to Mexico City
JetBlue differs from its competition. While some of its A320 family aircraft are equipped with lie-flat business class seats, others are in an all-economy layout. For flights to Mexico City, JetBlue did not offer its premium Mint class. Thus, the primary targets for flights to and from Mexico City were price-sensitive leisure travelers.
From Mexico City, the airline flew to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK, and Boston. However, the airline just could not make the flights work. JetBlue is not the only airline that has ended services to Mexico City. Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines also ended services to Mexico City.
Delta and Aeromexico have a joint venture
Mexico City is also a hub for Aeromexico. The Skyteam member has a joint venture with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. Together, they have a vast partnership covering flights between the United States and Mexico. This joint venture allows Delta and Aeromexico to more closely coordinate schedules, pricing, and operations to leverage connections and capture a significant share of travelers to Mexico City.
JetBlue is not a fan of Delta’s joint ventures since it believes that it stifles competition. Aeromexico and Delta can essentially act as one carrier on transborder flights and leverage connections at both ends. JetBlue could not effectively do so. The same is true for Southwest and Alaska.
Leisure destinations in Mexico
JetBlue does fly to other cities within Mexico. This includes the tourist hotspot of Cancun. It is unclear if JetBlue will expand services to other cities in Mexico or elsewhere in Central America and the Caribbean. As it does now have some spare aircraft, it will be interesting to see if the carrier launches any new services.
JetBlue has shown that it is not afraid of expanding as it recently announced flights to Guyana, Ecuador, and is gearing up to fly across the Atlantic to London. Perhaps, in the future, the airline could rethink its strategy to Mexico City and use smaller planes (like the A220) on these flights.
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