Delta Air Lines will reinstate codesharing on flights operated by SkyTeam-alliance partner Aeroméxico on December 29, following the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to upgrade to Category 1 the rating of Mexico’s federal civil aviation authority under ICAO’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program.
The IASA Category 1 rating is required to allow codesharing by any U.S.-based airline on another international airline’s flights. The codeshare flights will be available for purchase on December 26 through all Delta Air Lines ticketing channels.
The reinstated codesharing will connect Delta customers between 20 Mexican and nine U.S. airports on more than 125 Aeroméxico and Aeroméxico Connect flights. Reinstated codeshare cities include Acapulco, Campeche, Durango, Tampico, Veracruz, Morelia, La Paz, Merida, Chihuahua and Los Mochis.
“Delta and Aeroméxico offer one of the most comprehensive networks between the United States and Mexico and we are pleased to be able to reinstate our full codeshare network with Mexico’s leading airline,” says Christophe Didier, Delta’s staff vice president of sales and affairs in Latin America and Caribbean. “Our customers will soon be able to benefit from the same seamless ticketing and connections between Delta and Aeroméxico flights they have long enjoyed.”
Delta removed its two-letter ‘DL’ IATA flight code from Aeroméxico flights earlier this year after the FAA downgraded the safety-oversight rating of Mexico’s civil aviation authority to Category 2. The change temporarily prohibited U.S. airlines from offering codeshare service on any airline overseen by Mexican authorities. On December 1, the FAA announced that Mexico’s civil aviation authority had regained full compliance.
Aeroméxico, like Delta, is a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. The carriers link their schedules through codesharing, which enables customers to buy seats on the airlines interchangeably.
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