The latest sign of the industry's big tilt toward Mexico? It's becoming easier to fly there from Detroit.
Travelers using Detroit Metropolitan Airport in January will get a second daily nonstop connection to Monterrey, a key destination for automotive executives. Mexico City-based Aeromexico joins Delta Air Lines as the only direct connections between the two auto capitals.
"With this new route, we will offer more than 1,300 seats per week between Monterrey and Detroit," said Aeromexico executive Anko van der Werff. "This flight will provide more and better connectivity options not only to states in northern Mexico, but also to Mexico's Bajio and central region, primarily to cities like Aguascalientes, Leon, Puebla, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi and Toluca, among others."
Automakers and suppliers are strewn throughout those Mexican cities. Since 2010, automakers including BMW, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen have announced Mexican investment plans worth more than $24 billion. And nine of the last 10 auto assembly plants announced for the North American Free Trade Agreement region are being built or have been built in Mexico.