Mexicana - Mexico’s Largest Airline

Cheap Tickets, Airfares and Flights to Mexico

Mexicana is the largest airline in Mexico and being founded by a couple of Americans in 1921 and this makes it one of the oldest airlines in the world. It has a low-cost airline subsidiaries which have increased rapidly in size over recent years. Grab yourself a cheap ticket if you can and get yourself to Mexico for some serious Spanish learning.


It is the largest airline of Mexico, and is the country's flag carrier. Its full name is Compañía Mexicana de Aviación, S.A. de C.V. Its routes are mainly short to medium haul using a mainly Airbus fleet of A319 and A320's and a modest long haul fleet of Boeing 767s. One of its main local competitors is AeroMexico.

Mexicana's airline head offfice and base is Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX), Mexico City, Distrito Federal and that is also the location of its engineering HQ and maintenance facilities. Other major hubs are Guadalajara International Airport, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Airport, and Cancún International Airport.

The company's Frequent flier program is called MexicanaGo, and it is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance, one of the big three such alliances. Mexicana joined Oneworld in October 2009, switching from the Star Alliance. Such switching of alliances is not that common. Being one of the majors makes its fare structure not so conducive to cheap tickets but such flights are around due to the intense competition that there is in the airline industry. The company's Member lounge is called the Elite Lounge.

Parent company is Grupo Posadas and their corporate slogan is Vuela en lo más alto (Fly the highest).

Mexico's Largest Airline Fleet

Fleet size of over 100 aircraft including those in the main carrier, and its subsidiary airlines MexicanaClick, and MexicanaLink.

Cheap tickets and flights to Mexico

Looking for cheap tickets and cheap airfares to Mexico - you can get some great bargains on these low-cost airlines such as MexicanaClick, and MexicanaLink. These are usually booked online via the internet and the best way to get cheap tickets to Mexico is to book early when using the low cost carriers.

Other ways are to book late night 'red-eye' flights and to avoid the peak travel times that the business traveller wants. Those tend to be higher priced due to the demand of the business world. So for cheap tickets avoid weekdays between 7 am and 10 am; and the afternoons from 4 pm to 7 pm tend to be the higher airfares.

Mexicana Flights and Destinations in Mexico and around the World

The airline serves over 50 destinations with flights to and from Mexico.

Flights within Mexico by the airline are to Baja California, Mexicali - General Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada Airport, Tijuana - General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport; Baja California Sur, Los Cabos - Los Cabos Airport; Tuxtla Gutiérrez - Angel Albino Corzo International Airport Chiapas. Guanajuato, León - Del Bajío International Airport. Cheap flights are more difficult to get during the high seasons, summer vacations, Christmas and New Year vacations and spring break etc.

You'll notice that the Mexicans really love naming their airports after Generals. More destinations are flights to Guerrero, Acapulco - General Juan N. Álvarez International Airport, Jalisco, Guadalajara - Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Airport Hub, Puerto Vallarta - Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport. Other Mexico destinations are Michoacán, Morelia - General Francisco J. Mujica Airport, Nuevo León, Monterrey - General Mariano Escobedo Airport, Oaxaca, Xoxocotlan Airport, Quintana Roo, Cancún International Airport Focus City, Zacatecas, General Leobardo C. Ruiz International Airport.

Europe is served with flights flying to Spain's Madrid Barajas Airport and to London Gatwick Airport in England, United Kingdom. So Europeans can grab a ticket to get to Mexico on their flag carrier.

Flights to the Spanish Speaking World of Latin America

A European can use an airline like Mexicana to then fly off to another South American destination from Mexico because Mexicana serves many South American cities with flights to Argentina's capital Buenos Aires - Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Brazil - São Paulo - Guarulhos International Airport.

Colombia's Bogotá - El Dorado Airport and to Venezuela's capital Caracas - Simón Bolívar International Airport.

Flights to North America are as follows: Canada - Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson, Vancouver.The airline also serves the United States of America with many flights to and from the main cities of Mexico. There are flights from Mexico to Chicago - O'Hare International Airport; Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Las Vegas - McCarran, Los Angeles, New York City - John F. Kennedy International Airport also known as JFK. Also served is Miami, Florida.

They also flies daily flights to the USA to destinations such as Oakland, Orlando in Florida, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco and San Jose.

Central American Destinations

The company also serves Cuba with flights to Havana - José Martí International Airport. The company's Central America destinations are served with flights to Costa Rica to San José de Costa Rica - Juan Santamaría International Airport. Also to El Salvador's capital San Salvador - Cuscatlan International Airport and there are flights to Guatemala' capital, Guatemala City - La Aurora International Airport.

Panama is served by to Panama City's Tocumen International Airport.

Are they safe?

The airline has a very good safety record. They have not had a fatal accident since 1986. In early 1986, Flight MX940, a Boeing 727 was flying to Puerto Vallarta when an onboard fire began and it crashed into rugged, mountainous terrain in Western Mexico. There were no survivors.

Other trivia about Mexico's largest airline

Its IATA two letter code is MX , and its ICAO three letter code is MXA. Its radiotelephony callsign is the same as its name.

So if you are looking for cheap tickets to Mexico check out some of their special airfares and hot deals on their website. Cheap flights do occur especially from the USA where airline competition is fierce airfares and prices are competitive. You are more likely to cheap fares and tickets on their low cost subsidiaries like MexicanaClick and Mexica

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