Delta Air Lines and Aeroméxico have announced that they will start a new route connecting Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) and Querétaro International Airport (QRO) on September 17, 2018.
This is the thirteenth route launched under the Joint Cooperation Agreement between Delta and Aeroméxico. It will be served by an Embraer E190 on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The E190s have room for 99 passengers, including 11 in Business Class.
“We are pleased to see Aeromexico flying four routes from Detroit just one year after the airline returned to Detroit Metropolitan Airport”, said Chad Newton, Interim CEO of Wayne County Airport Authority. “Queretaro is another route important to our revived and vibrant auto industry. It is also an example of DTW’s growth. Queretaro will become the third new international destination from Detroit added by an airline this year.”
Flight AM2720 will leave Querétaro at 7:10 and arrive in Detroit at 12:15. The return flight, AM2721, will leave Detroit at 13:50 and land in Querétaro at 17:25.
The route is an important connection for multiple reasons. Detroit is an important industrial center in the US, serving as the country’s hub for automotive production. Similarly, Querétaro is an important manufacturing city in Mexico with a large automotive and aerospace presence. Querétaro was home to over 1300 companies in 2013, almost 1000 more than in 2003.
Similarly, both cities have important cultural backgrounds. Detroit has one of the largest theater districts in the United States and is home to the Detroit Institute of Arts, which boasts a collection considered among the top 10 in America. Querétaro, meanwhile, features architecture that can be traced to the 16th century and a historic center with a range of information on the history of Mexico. Querétaro is one of Mexico’s most economically innovative cities, and is ranked first in the region by the National Competitiveness Institute (IMCO); Querétaro is also one of the top locations for aerospace investment in the world.
“At Aeromexico, we strive not only to connect these two destinations and boost the region’s industrial corridor, but also to promote the tourist and cultural potential offered by both cities. We are confident that our passengers will be able to enjoy both destinations to their fullest,” said Paul Verhagen, Senior Vice President of International Sales at Aeromexico.
“Connectivity is crucial to a tourist destination like Queretaro. Due to its geographic location, our state is strategically close to the country’s main ports and cities,” said Hugo Burgos García, Secretary of Tourism of the State of Queretaro. “Queretaro has been strengthening its international connectivity in recent years and, today, Aeromexico indisputably contributes as it bets on Queretaro once again, and its potential for tourism, industry, and business, with this new flight that unites us with Detroit, a major hub for travelers from across the globe. Our state thus strengthens its presence in our main international tourist market, the United States.”
The new route will allow passengers connection to Delta’s expansive network from the carrier’s second largest hub. Important Delta destinations in the region include Chicago, Cleveland, and Milwaukee.
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