Delta Axes Proposed Boston-Mexico City Route Before Launch
Delta’s proposed Boston-Mexico City link will never get airborne, as the carrier scraps it months before its planned December launch
Delta Air Lines has “paused” plans to launch daily flights between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) in December, citing “commercial and operational considerations.”
Delta unveiled the new connection on May 5, or Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday celebrating the country’s triumph over France in 1862.
Partnering with fellow SkyTeam member and Mexican flag carrier Aeroméxico, Delta intended to launch the daily service on December 21. The proposed flights were slated to be operated by Boeing 757-200s, with 199 seats, including lie-flat seats in Business Class.
At the time, a Delta spokesperson said, “This [flight launch] is part of Delta’s continued effort to provide its customers with access to key business and leisure destinations around the world across our combined global network.”
However, Delta flights 250 and 251 will never get off the ground, as the carrier scraps the plans and withdraws tickets from sale. Schedule data compiled by Cirium shows the loss of 60 flights and 11,940 monthly seats from January.
A spokesperson for the Atlanta-based airline said: “While we evaluate future plans for this route, we will continue to offer convenient connections from Boston to Mexico City via six Delta hubs. Customers who were booked on the route will be accommodated. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.”
The carrier offers nonstop flights to Mexico City from six of its other hubs: Atlanta (ATL), Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP), Detroit (DTW), Los Angeles (LAX), Salt Lake City (SLC), and New York (JFK).
Delta also serves Cozumel (CZM), Guadalajara (GDL), Monterrey (MTY), Puerto Vallarta (PVR), and San Jose del Cabo (SJD).
Customers who bought tickets between Boston and Mexico City should contact Delta about refunds or alternative arrangements.
Delta will continue to operate a daily service between Boston and the popular vacation destination Cancún.
The Boston-Mexico City link isn’t the first international route Delta has backpedaled on recently. Earlier this year, the airline announced that it would begin operating its warm season flights from New York to Berlin (BER) and Geneva (GVA) year-round before reversing that decision weeks later.
The airline has also decided to suspend its service from Atlanta to Stuttgart (STR) and Dusseldorf (DUS) and from New York to Copenhagen (CPH) and Stockholm (ARN) during the winter months.
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