Aeromexico increases its long-haul capacity to Madrid

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    Mexico City International Airport

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    Grupo Aeromexico

    Andres Conesa Labastida


Mexican carrier Aeromexico has decided to increase its long-haul connectivity to Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD). Aeromexico will add new capacity this winter on its routes from Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) and Monterrey International Airport (MTY).

New ability

Last year, Aeromexico announced that it would launch two new routes to Madrid, with no departure from Mexico City. For the first time in over a decade, Aeromexico has launched a long-haul route to Europe from an airport different from Mexico City Benito Juárez International (MEX). Throughout this year, the carrier has operated three services per week from Guadalajara and Monterrey to the Spanish capital using its fleet of Boeing 787s.


On Friday, Aeromexico announced that it would increase the number of weekly frequencies on both routes during the winter season. It will operate five weekly flights on the two routes (instead of three), starting December 12 and until January 15, 2023. Therefore, the Guadalajara-Madrid route will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; the Monterrey-Madrid link will be served on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Aeromexico will offer 24 weekly flights between Mexico and Spain. Photo: Guillermo Quiroz Martínez via @gquimar.

Increase connectivity

With the new frequencies, Aeromexico’s offer to connect with Spain during the winter season will be more than 62,000 seats through more than 240 flights operating from Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. This represents a 45% increase in capacity to meet the demand of its customers who wish to connect with Europe during the upcoming high season. Aeromexico also serves Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and London Heathrow (LHR). In the past it has also flown briefly to Barcelona (BCN), but there is no guarantee that the route will be served again in the future.

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The lines from Guadalajara and Monterrey were inaugurated in December 2021 and have been added to the existing offer from Mexico City. Since then, Aeromexico has transported more than 290,000 passengers between Mexico and the Spanish capital through more than 2,600 take-offs and landings. Pasquale Speranza, Regional Sales Manager Europe and Asia, said:

“This increase in frequencies, in a season as important as winter, represents greater flight alternatives for our passengers. We are proud to be able to offer the greatest number of frequencies between Spain and Mexico, with 24 direct flights per week, positioning us as the airline with the most travel options between Europe and Mexico, with 47 each week.

Aeromexico currently has 18 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, including eight of the -8 version and ten of the -9 version. These jets have a capacity of 243 and 274 passengers, respectively, in a three-class configuration.

Disputed battle against Iberia

Earlier this week, Iberia announced that it would increase its number of flights between Madrid and Mexico City this winter. The airline will operate 21 weekly flights between the two cities, the most on any long-haul route operated by Iberia. Additionally, Iberia recently signed a codeshare agreement with ultra-low-cost carrier Viva Aerobus.

Meanwhile, Aeromexico maintains close ties with other SkyTeam members, such as Air France, KLM and Air Europa; these three carriers operate flights from three of Aeromexico’s four destinations in Europe.