AeroMexico announced Tuesday that it plans to launch six weekly, nonstop flights beginning July 6 between New Orleans and Mexico City, with connecting flights to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The route represents the first new international flight service to be announced for New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, and is part of AeroMexico’s aggressive expansion plans for North America.
According to an AeroMexico news release, the Hispanic population in New Orleans is the fastest growing of any major U.S. city. Following Hurricane Katrina, many Hispanic workers flocked to New Orleans to help rebuild the city. Today, as many as 250,000 people of Hispanic origin reside in southern Louisiana, according to the U.S. Census & Geoscape International (2008). AeroMexico also sees the new route as a potential business generator for southern Louisiana, Mexico and Honduras. With more than 20 million residents, greater Mexico City is the largest metropolitan area in North America with expanding business as well as cultural ties to the New Orleans area.