New service creates easy access to destinations south of the border

Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota | December 17, 2018–Beginning June 8, 2019, subject to government approval, Delta Air Lines will offer direct service between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Mexico City, Mexico.

The oldest capital city in the Americas, Mexico City also is the most populous city in North America, with nearly 9 million residents in the city proper and more than 21 million in the metropolitan area. The city stands out as a key financial center, with a larger economy than many entire nations in Latin America.

“Mexico City is just the latest in a growing string of international destinations to which we’ve landed air service with the help of GREATER MSP and the MSP Regional Air Service Partnership,” said Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Executive Director and CEO Brian Ryks, noting recent airline announcements for service to Seoul, South Korea and Dublin, Ireland. “Mexico City is the most popular destination in Latin America lacking direct air service from MSP International Airport. On average, 700 people a day travel from MSP to Mexico. This new service and the connections from Mexico City to destinations beyond will make travel between Minnesota and locations south of the border easier and more convenient.”

The oldest capital city in the Americas, Mexico City also is the most populous city in North America, with nearly 9 million residents in the city proper and more than 21 million in the metropolitan area. The city stands out as a key financial center, with a larger economy than many entire nations in Latin America.

“Mexico City is just the latest in a growing string of international destinations to which we’ve landed air service with the help of GREATER MSP and the MSP Regional Air Service Partnership,” said Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Executive Director and CEO Brian Ryks, noting recent airline announcements for service to Seoul, South Korea and Dublin, Ireland. “Mexico City is the most popular destination in Latin America lacking direct air service from MSP International Airport. On average, 700 people a day travel from MSP to Mexico. This new service and the connections from Mexico City to destinations beyond will make travel between Minnesota and locations south of the border easier and more convenient.”

The MSP Regional Air Service Partnership (RASP) is a collaborative air service development initiative launched in 2017 by the MAC and GREATER MSP. The RASP helps identify air service needs of businesses in the region and supports MAC efforts to engage airlines that could potentially serve those markets. The RASP is chaired by Thomson Reuters Executive Vice President-Operations Rick King and former U.S. Bank Chief Executive Officer Richard Davis.

“High-quality air service options are a top priority for businesses in our region. The addition of Delta’s non-stop service into Mexico City is another enhancement to the growing access and international reach available to our corporate community. We are excited about the decision to add Mexico City service and believe this will be a very successful route for Delta,” said Michael Langley, CEO, GREATER MSP.

Delta Air Lines will operate the Mexico City service daily using 124-seat Airbus A319 aircraft. Flight DL451 will depart MSP at 8:50 a.m. daily and arrive in Mexico City at 1:01 p.m. Delta Flight DL452 will depart Mexico City daily at 2 p.m. and arrive at MSP at 6:14 p.m.

Through Delta’s agreement with AeroMexico, from Mexico City travelers can connect to 41 other destinations in Mexico and Latin America.

MSP set a new passenger record in 2017, with more than 38 million people traveling through the nation’s 17th busiest airport. The airport is Delta Air Lines’ second largest hub, and the home base of Sun Country Airlines. Since January 2016, 11 airlines have added 52 new routes at MSP. In both 2016 and 2017, MSP was named Best Airport in North America in its size category by Airports Council International, based on traveler feedback. The airport was also named Most Efficiently Managed Airport of its size in North America for the past two years by the Air Transport Research Society.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission is a public corporation of the state of Minnesota. The MAC owns and operates seven airports in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, including Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. All together MAC airports generate nearly $17 billion a year for the area economy and support more than 87,000 jobs. The MAC is funded through rents and user fees generated from airport users, not from income or property taxes.

GREATER MSP is a private-public partnership with the mission to accelerate job growth and capital investment in the Greater MSP Region. It partners with economic development organizations throughout the region to develop strategy, brand and market the region, and serve as coordinator for business retention, expansion, and recruitment projects.

  • Easy check-in and bag drop at the Mexican airport terminal in the USA

Tijuana, Mexico | April 21, 2016– SITA today announced the successful implementation of its passenger processing technology at Cross Border Xpress (CBX), the first ever skywalk to connect a facility in the United States of America directly into a foreign airport terminal – Tijuana Airport, Mexico (TIJ).

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, (GAP), the operator of TIJ, is a partner in this the first true bi-national airport passenger terminal in the Americas. It allows passengers from the US to access the more than 30 destinations that TIJ offers, including direct flights to Shanghai, many of which are not served by other Southern California airports.

The cross-border bridge at the airport, between San Diego, U.S.A. and Tijuana, Mexico, serves in the region of 2.4 million passengers who already cross the border as part of their travels, helping them avoid unpredictable, often long delays at congested San Ysidro and Otay Mesa land ports of entry.

SITA’s AirportConnect® Kiosks and work stations allow travelers for any flight departing from, or arriving in, Tijuana, to check-in at CBX and use the facility to reduce their waiting time. The time now needed to cross the border between Mexico and the US has dropped from four hours to just 30 minutes.

Juan Francisco Martinez, CIO of Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, said: “As we developed CBX it was important that we had a strong technology partner. We needed seamless passenger processing and to be able to get new airlines up and running quickly. SITA’s common-use self-service kiosks and work stations make it easy for us to welcome new international airlines to this great facility and make this unique border crossing smooth and fast for all travellers.”

Alex Covarrubias, SITA Vice President Sales, Latin America and the Caribbean, said: “The Cross Border Xpress facility at Tijuana Airport is an innovative way to enable passengers to cross the U.S./Mexico border quickly and easily. Our team at SITA worked closely with the team at GAP to make sure that from day one passengers and airlines would enjoy world class check-in facilities. The SITA AirportConnect check-in kiosks and work stations are in place for multiple airlines, with more airlines due to start using them soon for the 2.4 million passengers at this border crossing.”

CBX is an enclosed pedestrian skywalk bridge exclusively for Tijuana Airport passengers who cross the U.S./Mexico border as part of their trip. At just over 390 feet long and a five-minute walk it is a faster, more secure and hassle-free way for ticketed airline passengers to cross between San Diego and Tijuana Airport.

GAP operates airports serving metropolitan and tourist destinations in Mexico including Guadalajara, Tijuana, La Paz, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo and others. Today, SITA provides GAP with its world-class airport technology at Tijuana’s main terminal together with nine other airports across Mexico.