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The United States and Mexico agree to expand flights between our two countries

Secretary Cerisola, Under Secretary Shane

Pedro Cerisola, Mexico’s Secretary of Communication and Transportation, and Jeffrey N. Shane, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, as they sign the agreement.

Mexico City, December 12, 2005 -- “Both businesses and individual consumers win when countries allow their air carriers to compete for passengers. The agreement signed today between the United States and Mexico will allow new travel options and open the market to travelers who had, in the past, never dreamed they could afford to buy an airline ticket,” said U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio Garza, Jr.

We are pleased to announce that the United States and Mexico formally agreed to permit expanded aviation services between our two countries, paving the way for more flights and lower fares on many routes in the third-largest U.S. international air market.

“This agreement means tourists in the U.S. and Mexico will have more flights to choose from when planning their next vacation,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said. “Travelers in markets covered by this new agreement will enjoy better service as well as the benefits of greater competition.”

Under the new agreement, three airlines from each country may fly between any U.S. city and any of the following 14 Mexican cities, which include all of Mexico’s major resort destinations: Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Guadalajara, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Loreto, Manzanillo, Mazatalan, Merida, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo. Previously, only two airlines from each country could operate on these U.S.-Mexico city-pair market. Any number of scheduled all-cargo carriers may fly between the countries under the new agreement, and three all-cargo carriers may fly in each U.S.-Mexico city-pair market.

The agreement adds a new provision for U.S. and Mexican carriers to enter into code-sharing arrangements with carriers from third countries for their U.S.-Mexico services. It also increases from four to ten the number of U.S. and Mexican carrier codes that may be carried in each city pair. In addition, Washington and Baltimore are listed as separate points in the new agreement. This will allow additional airlines to fly between the Washington-Baltimore area and Mexico.

Jeffrey N. Shane, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Pedro Cerisola, Mexico’s Secretary of Communication and Transportation, signed this important agreement on behalf of our two countries.

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