By Albert Kuan
Aeromexico To Launch First Non-Stop Service Between Guadalajara and Europe
Mexican flag carrier Aeromexico has announced it will be launching non-stop flights to Madrid, Spain from its secondary hub in Guadalajara beginning December 15. Aeromexico will fly its Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets three times weekly from Mexico’s second-largest city direct to the Spanish capital.
The new non-stop service from Guadalajara is in addition to Aeromexico’s current service between Mexico City and Madrid, which has operated continuously for more than 60 years. There are no changes to current operations from Mexico City.
The airline’s new Spain service marks the first time Aeromexico will operate direct service to Europe from outside Mexico City. Aeromexico’s European and overseas destinations are currently only served from its Mexico City hub. From Guadalajara, the flag carrier primarily flies to Mexico City, Monterrey, Tijuana and the United States.
The flight leaving for Madrid, AM36, will depart from Guadalajara on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 2:25 PM and arrive in Madrid at 8:00 AM the next day. The total flight time is 10 hours and 35 minutes.
The flight returning to Guadalajara departs on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 11:35 PM, arriving back in Guadalajara at 5:45 AM the next day. The total flight time is 13 hours and 10 minutes.
Aeromexico made the first announcement of the new service on Monday at a press conference in Guadalajara along with Jalisco state governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez and officials from Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, the airport authority for Guadalajara Airport. No official announcement or press release was made before the press conference, however.
At the press conference, Aeromexico representative Andres Castañeda, Aeromexico’s Executive Vice President for Digital and Customer Experience, thanked the state government of Jalisco and Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico for their joint efforts in making the non-stop route to Madrid from Guadalajara possible, an effort of more than 20 years.
“Connecting the State of Jalisco directly with Spain and the European continent marks a new Aeromexico stage. This announcement is only one part of the growth plans we have in this state and others that our clients demand, including more opportunities for air cargo transportation,” said Castañeda.
Aeromexico mentioned during the conference that Iberia, the flag carrier airline of Spain, indicated it would also launch non-stop flights to Guadalajara from Madrid. Although the two flag carriers are not part of the same airline alliance, with Aeromexico being a part of Skyteam and Iberia being a part of Oneworld, the two are flight partners and operate under a codeshare agreement for flights between Mexico City and Madrid.
Spanish carriers Air Europa, LEVEL, Iberojet, Wamos Air and the newly-launched World2fly are the only carriers operating flights between Spain and Mexico from outside Mexico City. Air Europa, Iberojet, Wamos Air and World2fly operate low-cost leisure flights to Cancún from Madrid; LEVEL operates a service between Barcelona and Cancún and Iberojet also operates a flight to Cozumel from Madrid.
Aeromexico operates regular service to multiple European destinations including Madrid, Barcelona, London Heathrow, Amsterdam and Paris only from its Mexico City hub. Currently, Aeromexico and Iberia each operate up to two flights between Mexico City and Madrid per day in each direction.
The presence of flights between the two cities and significant connecting traffic between Mexico City and Guadalajara present a strong demand for non-stop service between the two destinations. During 2019, Iberia offered three daily flights with its Airbus A340-600 and Airbus A350-900 jets and Aeroméxico 18 weekly frequencies with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet.