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Hispanic Heritage Month Routes: Mexico

American Airlines connects Miami to five cities south of the border

Last April, American Airlines flew a group of 15 students and nine instructors from the Homestead-Miami Mariachi Conservatory to Washington, D.C. for a performance at the Mexican Cultural Institute in the nation’s capital. Before their departure, the students performed at Miami International Airport’s gate D30 with Mexican singer Fernando Corona. The performance was just one recent example of the many historical and cultural ties between MIA’s hub carrier and Mexico.

This Hispanic Heritage Month, American Airlines is celebrating 80 years of service south of the border. Eight decades after its first flight from Dallas to Mexico City, American is now the largest U.S. airline in the country, with more than 500 weekly flights to 27 cities.

Currently, 84 of those weekly flights are between MIA and the five cities of Cancun, Cozumel, Merida, Mexico City, and Monterrey, easily making American the busiest airline at MIA for flights to Mexico. With Aeromexico’s three daily flights to Mexico City and low-cost carrier Volaris flying twice weekly to Guadalajara and four times weekly to Mexico City, MIA has a total of 111 weekly flights to Mexico.

Thanks mostly to American Airlines, Mexico ranks as MIA’s third-busiest international market, responsible for more than 1.4 million passengers annually. The country is also MIA’s ninth-largest trade partner in export value, at $797.5 million in 2021. Six airlines fly cargo-only flights between MIA and seven Mexican cities: Cancun; Guadalajara; Merida; Mexico City; Monterrey; Queretaro; and San Luis Potosi.