746 Flights: An Overview Of The Daily United States – Mexico Market


The United States-Mexico market is one of the busiest in the world, with more than 700 daily flights. Twelve airlines operate transborder flights between the two nations.

USA-Mexico transborder operations

According to schedule data from Cirium, 746 flights are scheduled today between the United States and Mexico. American Airlines has the highest number of flights, 170, 27 more than United Airlines, whose 143 flights put the airline in second place across the border. Delta Air Lines, the remaining carrier of the ‘big three’ American airlines, has just 68 flights, but its partner, Aeromexico, of which Delta owns 49%, has another 66, still placing it third.

The two busiest routes are to Cancun, with seven flights today. American and United serve the popular Mexican coastal destination from their Texas hubs at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Atlanta-based carrier Delta Air Lines flies to Cancun from Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and has six flights. United also has six flights from Houston to Mexico City (MEX).

The list below was supposed to be the top ten routes by frequency today, but there are 15 routes (as two carriers serve DFW-CUN), with eight routes with four flights.

Longest and shortest routes

Delta claims the number one spot on the longest route list, with its flight to Cancun from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at 2,685 miles, served by the Boeing 757 and Airbus A321. Two routes are tied for second, United’s San Francisco – Cancun and JetBlue’s New York JFK – San José del Cabo (SJD), both 2,408 miles long. United deploys its Boeing 737 MAX 9s and JetBlue its Airbus A320s. United also has the third-longest route, 18 miles shorter than SFO-CUN, from Newark to San José del Cabo.

Viva Aerobus has the shortest transborder route at just 277 miles, flown by its Airbus A320s. American’s Phoenix-Hermosillo route is the second-shortest at 304 miles and is flown by the Bombardier CRJ700. Spirit Airlines’ Airbus A320s fly the third-shortest service, from Austin to Monterrey, at 339 miles.

Three airlines fly the fourth-shortest route from Houston to Monterrey, Spirit, Viva Aerobus, and United. Between them, five aircraft types are deployed on the route, three from the Airbus A320 family (A319, A320, A321), the Boeing 737-700, and Embraer E175.

Source : Simpleflying