Delta's long-awaited nonstop flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Mexico City (MEX) will kick off on Saturday, June 8.
After months of hinting, the airline announced in December its plan to begin flights from its hub to the Mexican capital. Delta will fly between the two cities daily, using an Airbus A319 equipped with Gogo 2Ku high-speed WiFi.
“We've heard from our Twin Cities customers that Mexico City is at the top of their most requested destinations and this new service will give them just that and more,” Steve Sear, Delta's president of Global Sales, said in a statement at the time. “At the same time, it allows for more choice and options for customers in many U.S. and Canadian cities through one convenient, easy connection as well as easy connections to dozens of destinations in Mexico thanks to our partnership with Aeromexico.”
At the time of publishing, round-trip tickets on the nonstop flight were hovering around $800. But we've seen fares to Mexico City as low as $279 round-trip this spring through our Thrifty Traveler Premium service.
This new flight highlights two aspects of Delta's strategy and planning.
For starters, the airline is putting a greater emphasis on Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP). It also launched direct flights to Seoul-Incheon (ICN) this spring and is eyeing service to Shanghai (PVG) in 2020. And that doesn't even count Delta's new domestic routes that have popped up in and out of Minnesota.
After years of playing third fiddle to Delta's mega hubs in Atlanta (ATL) and Detroit (DTW), MSP is now Delta's second-strongest hub. Connecting MSP directly with Mexico City is a treat – it’s one of the largest cities in the world, full of incredible food and culture to soak in. Delta already flies to MEX from some of its biggest hubs, including Atlanta (ATL), New York City-JFK (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX) and Detroit (DTW).
But Delta is increasingly relying on its partner airlines to help connect passengers beyond major airports. And this is where Aeromexico steps in.
Delta already flies from MSP to Cancún (CUN) year-round. And there are seasonal routes to Puerto Vallarta (PVR), San José del Cabo (SJD), Cozumel (CZM), Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo (ZIH) and Mazatlán (MZT). But with a stop in Mexico City, much of Central and South America is within closer reach.
Midwestern travelers can fly to Mexico City, then hop on an Aeromexico flight to dozens of destinations throughout Central America and South America. Think Santiago, São Paulo, Bogotá, Lima, Quito, Buenos Aires, and more. And the joint venture between the two airlines should make that seamless.
This one hits close to home – literally, as the entire TT team is based at MSP. But this flight launching Saturday is an exciting addition that should make it easier to Midwestern travelers to get to Central and South America – or simply explore Mexico City itself!