Delta says five Atlanta-Mexico routes could disappear if USDOT ends Aeromexico partnership

A Delta Air Lines plane takes off from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Nov. 22, 2022, in Atlanta. (Brynn Anderson, File/AP Photo)

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico are facing a potential termination of their strategic partnership by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Delta says this partnership has been vital since its approval in 2016, leading to increased service and consumer choice between the U.S. and Mexico.

Peter Carter, Delta’s Executive Vice President of External Affairs, spoke with “All Things Considered” about the implications of the pending decision.

Carter called DOT’s decision to end the Delta-Aeromexico joint venture “arbitrary and capricious,” saying it was a diplomatic dispute stemming from a regulatory disagreement between the two countries, which has nothing to do with Delta.

He said the termination would result in reduced access, higher airfares and job losses, impacting communities and businesses on both sides of the border.

Business leaders and elected officials, including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and a bipartisan delegation of congressional members, have expressed strong concern over the potential cancellation of flight routes and the adverse effects on trade and jobs.

They’ve urged the department to reconsider the decision and explore alternative policy options to protect American economic growth.

Carter said the outpouring of feedback likely means a final decision won’t be made until the end of October.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.