American Airlines: No Plans for Cancun Hub

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There’s a story circulating of a planned American Airlines hub at Cancun International Airport that may not be accurate. 

The morning of November 30 Riviera Maya News reported that, as part of the airline’s plans for future growth in Mexico, American plans to make Cancun International Airport “its new hub for the Caribbean region.” The publication cited José María Giraldo, American Airlines’ general director in Mexico, as saying that American plans to strengthen its alliance with Interjet in order to expand “their new Cancun hub” to operate as the same level as American’s U.S.-based hubs in Dallas, Chicago and Philadelphia

When contacted by Travel Agent for confirmation, however, American Airlines denied the report. 

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“We are committed to our Cancun operations and to continue to expand our footprint in this destination, but we plan to continue our service from our hubs in the United States,” a Latin America-based spokesperson for American Airlines told Travel Agent. 

While becoming a hub for one of the “big three” U.S. carriers may not be on the horizon, Cancun’s airport is nevertheless undergoing significant growth. The facility just opened a new terminal in October, increasing its capacity to up to 25 million passengers. At the end of this year or early next year, construction is also slated to begin on another new terminal, Terminal 5. 

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