Spain's Iberia, Mexico's Aeromar sign code-sharing agreement

Mexico City, Jun 6 (EFE).- Spain's Iberia and Mexico's Aeromar said they have signed a code-sharing agreement that gives their passengers access to all the destinations operated by both carriers.

The companies said in a joint statement that travelers can depart from 18 Mexican cities where Aeromar operates and, after a stopover in Mexico City, fly to Madrid and then continue their journey to 31 destinations in Spain, 27 others in Europe and 13 in Africa and the Middle East.

The head of Iberia's Mexico business, Felix Gomez, said the airline will be able to offer its "vast network of flights in Europe, Africa and the Middle East to virtually all Mexicans."

"This alliance with Iberia represents an important step for our airline, allows us to consolidate our network of flights and gives international visibility to our destinations," the head of Aeromar's planning and commercial operations division, Fabricio Cojuc, said.

Passengers will be able to purchase a single ticket and check their luggage through to the final destination, the statement said.

Aeromar has a thousand employees and a fleet of nearly a score of European-made ATR-42 aircraft.

It currently flies 25 routes, one to the United States and the rest to beach destinations and cities in Mexico, including Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Colima, Durango, Jalapa, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Matamoros, Morelia, Puerto Escondido, Saltillo, San Luis Potosi and Veracruz.

Iberia, which is owned by London-based International Airlines Group, operates more than 100 weekly flights to 14 destinations.

Along with sister airline Iberia Express and Air Nostrum, an Iberia franchisee, it offers an average of 600 flights to roughly 100 destinations and currently is the oldest carrier operating flights to and from Mexico.