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Airlines serving the Spain-Mexico international niche
Spain -for obvious reasons- is one of the most competitive international niches connected directly to Mexico. There are currently five airlines competing in this trans-Atlantic market niche: the only Mexican carrier is the country’s flagship airline: Aeromexico.
For its part, Spain contributes to this international niche with four carriers operating direct trans-Atlantic flights to Mexico. The Spanish-based airlines participating in this niche are: Air Europa, now owned by the Globalia Group; Iberia, the Spanish flagship carrier, which is a member of the International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A., a holding company best known as IAG, along with other airlines, and Wamos Air -formerly Pullmantur Air– along with the leisure carrier Evelop Airlines, branded as Evelop.
See below for further -airline specific- information.
Mexican airlines with direct flights to Spain
AEROMÉXICO in Spain
The Mexican airline Aeroméxico -a founding SkyTeam member airline- offers direct services between the Mexican capital: Mexico City, and the Spanish capital: Madrid, as well as to Barcelona.
See our introduction to Aeroméxico
Currently -Sept, 2019- Aeroméxico’s direct services between Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) and the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas International Airport (MAD) offer two daily services, plus a third option on Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sundays.
See Aeroméxico in Mexico City: Domestic – International
The latest news regarding Aeroméxico’s services to Spain is that the company recently incorporated its second Spanish destination -as of June 15, 2019- thus uniting the Barcelona El Prat International Airport (BCN-MEX) Mexico City, thereby upping its European portfolio to 5 destinations.
Initially, the said services are offering three weekly flights in both directions operating the route with its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner; the MEX-BCN services on Tues., Thurs. and Sat., whilst the BCN-MEX flights are on Wed., Fri. and Sundays. Then -beginning on Dec. 10, 2019- the company has announced it will up its weekly frequencies to 5, with the increased options operating –MEX-BCN– Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun. // the BCN-MEX leg on Mon., Wed, Fri., Sat. and Sundays.
And -as of March, 2020- the Aeroméxico services to Barcelona -the capital of Cataluña and Spain’s second largest city in terms of population- will begin offering daily frequencies on this route, which -by the way- increased Aeroméxico’s international destinations to 50 at the time of the launch.
Aeroméxico is currently the only Mexican airline offering direct Mexico – Spain flights.
Spain-based airlines with direct flights to Mexico
AIR EUROPA in Mexico
Air Europa offers direct flights from Spain to Mexico from Terminal 1 of the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas International Airport (MAD) to Cancun International Airport (CUN), currently -Sept. 2019- offering three weekly options: Fri., Sat. and Sundays, operating the route with its Airbus A330/200 aircraft.
Air Europa, full name Air Europa Lineas Aereas, S.A.U. is part of the Spanish company Grupo Globalia and became an associate member of SkyTeam on Sept. 1, 2007., then a fully fledged member in July, 2010. This European airline operates with a fleet of Airbus, Boeing and Embraer aircraft, of which it uses its Airbus A330 aircraft to cover its MAD-CUN route, with 275 ‘Tourist’ seats and 24 in ‘Business.’
In June 2017., the company announced it was increasing its ‘low season’ options to Cancun to offer three weekly services -Mon., Fri. and Sundays- between June and September, whilst its ‘high season’ options were maintained at 5.
In December 2017, the President of Grupo Globalia, Juan José Hidalgo, was quoted in Spanish press outlets as having stated that Air Europa is considering flying from Madrid to Mexico City sometime in the future; we shall keep you up-to-date on that front if and when that actually happens. In 2017, the company was the second most important airline in Spain, having transported over 9 million passengers.
Throughout 2018, Air Europa transported 124,913 passengers to the Mexican Republic, according to figures published by the country’s Transport and Communications Ministry (SCT), meaning it maintained its place as the second most important airline serving the Spain-Mexico market.
Air Europa is one of four Spanish-based airlines offering direct Spain – Mexico flights.
to visit the official Air Europa Web site
EVELOP in Mexico
The leisure carrier Evelop Airlines, which goes under the commercial name of Evelop, serves this trans-Atlantic niche by connecting the Spanish capital: Madrid (MAD), with Mexico’s Caribbean resort of Cancun (CUN), currently -Sept. 2019- twice weekly, on Fridays and Saturdays.
See Evelop in Cancun
Evelop forms part of the Barceló Group and offers package deals from its base at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, mainly to the Caribbean, but also to Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean.
In Mexico, no doubt the Barceló Group promotes vacations to its 13 Mexican-based hotels; in addition, it is the owner of the Portuguese-based airline Orbest, which also serves Cancun. See Direct flights from Portugal to Mexico for further details.
Evelop is one of four airlines offering direct Spain-Mexico flights.
IBERIA in Mexico
Iberia -the Spanish flagship carrier- offers direct flights between the Spanish capital: Madrid, and the Mexican capital: Mexico City. This airline is part of the International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A., a holding company commonly referred to as IAG: – the International Airlines Group.
The flights depart from Terminal 4S (Satelite building) of the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas International Airport (MAD) and arrive to the Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX), currently -Sept. 2019- with three daily frequencies (2 on Thursdays).
Iberia upped its flight options to five Latin American routes for the Summer 2019 season -from April- to 17 flights, then -in May- to 19, thus building up trans-Atlantic services in this niche to reach three daily flights in June, 2019.
The MAD-MEX route thus became the Spanish flag carrier’s largest capacity offering to Latin America and operates the route using its Airbus 340-600 aircraft with a capacity for 359 passengers, divided between Business, Premium Tourist and Tourist options.
Iberia was the second most important carrier arriving to Mexico from Europe in 2017 with 438,742 passengers, thus registering a year-on-year increase of 6.8%; this airline represented 1.0% of the total international arrivals market to Mexico for the year. And, in terms of punctuality, FlightGobal named Iberia the most punctual airline of the world in both 2016/17. In 2018, Iberia transported almost half a million visitors to the Mexican Republic -more precisely- 498,198 passengers, to make it the most important Spanish carrier serving Mexico.
Other routes benefitting from Iberia’s increased flight options -over the Summer 2019 period- included its services from the Madrid-Barajas airport and connecting the Spanish capital with Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Iberia is one of four airlines currently offering direct Spain – Mexico flights.
to visit the official Iberia Web site
Iberia office – Madrid:
Iberia telephone – Spain:
Iberia Salas VIP – Madrid:
Sala Dalí – T-4 (05:45-23.00h) // Sala Premium Velazquez – T-4S (24 hrs.)
International Airlines Group – IAG – Member Airlines
Aer Lingus / British Airways / Iberia / Iberia Express / Level / Vueling
Franchise airlines: Iberia Regional-Air Nostrum / Sun-Air
The Group also holds minority shares in some other airlines.
This Group’s official name is ‘International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A.’
WAMOS AIR in Mexico
Wamos Air offers direct flights from Spain to Mexico by connecting the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas International Airport (MAD) with the Cancun International Airport (CUN), currently -Sept. 2019- on Mondays and Sundays.
Wamos Air was formerly known as Pullmantur Air, but the new owners -a new touristic group owned by Andros– changed the name to Wamos Air, as of December 19, 2014; Andros is a partnership between Springwater Capital (Geneva) and Royal Caribbean, the Miami, Florida-based US cruise-line company.
Wamos Air handled 720,000 passengers in 2017, after upping its fleet to 11 aircraft: 6 x Boeing 747-400s and 5 x A330-200s. According to Mexico’s Transport and Communications Ministry (SCT), Wamos Air posted a headcount of 91,993 passengers on only its services to Mexico in 2018.
Wamos Air is one of four Spain-based airlines providing direct Spain – Mexico flights.
to visit the official Wamos Air Web site