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Mexico and Massachusetts – already strong partners in commerce, culture and educational exchange – have just become even closer, thanks to the announcement last week of the new Aeromexico non-stop route between Boston and Mexico City.

Starting in June 2015, Aeromexico will fly six times a week between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juarez, on every day of the week except Tuesday. The economic impact for Massachusetts is estimated at $49 million each year. The announcement of the new service was made last Thursday, December 4, at Terminal E at Logan International Airport by state and local officials from Massachusetts and Mexico.

Governor Deval Patrick, who led an innovation mission to Mexico in March 2014 that helped solidify the new air route, said “Nonstop service to Mexico City will open up new opportunities for Massachusetts businesses to compete in the 21st century global marketplace. The service will increase tourism here at home while connecting our residents and businesses with the emerging opportunities in Mexico.”

Currently, about 50,000 travelers fly between the two cities each year, but the non-stop route will expand that considerably. Aeromexico will fly the route using Boeing 737-700 aircraft with 124 seats, including 12 business and 112 coach.

Aeromexico CEO Andres Conesa said this is the airline’s 16th destination in the USA, adding that “Boston is a major city for Mexico and Latin America, being one of the cities with greater economic potential in the world and a wide academic offering, which many students from Mexico and South America access every year.”

Ambassador Daniel Hernandez Joseph, Consul General of Mexico in Boston, said the new route “is sure to further boost trade, investment, joint ventures, academic exchange and research between Mexico and not only Boston, but all of New England.”

During the trade mission to Mexico and Panama last spring, the Massachusetts delegation met with leaders in clean energy, big data, life sciences and transportation sectors, while strengthening their connections in business, culture and education. In 2013, Massachusetts exported $1.86 billion worth of goods and services to Mexico, and imported $3.37 billion from Mexico, according to the Massachusetts Export Center. Mexico is Massachusetts’ third largest trading partner.

Massport’s CEO Thomas P. Glynn said “the new service helps open new doors and new possibilities to stimulate our economy and our region.”

With the new route, Boston Logan International Airport continues to serve as the gateway to the New England region, offering nonstop service to 76 domestic and 42 international destinations and handling over 30 million passengers.

In the past three years, Massport has acquired new routes to Tokyo, Panama City, Dubai, Istanbul, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and now Mexico City. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, public transportation access, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. The airport generates $8 billion in total economic impact each year.