Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Direct Flights Key for Trade Plans.(Final)

Byline: Kate Nash Journal Capitol Bureau

MEXICO CITY -- All of the New Mexicans visiting with Mexican government officials here on Monday had to fly through Texas or Arizona to get here.

That's because you can't fly directly from Albuquerque to the world's largest city.

New Mexico and Albuquerque have been trying to get direct flights to and from Mexican cities for years, and that's one of the things New Mexico officials here say is about to change. They hope the air service could be part of increased trade and economic ties between the two countries overall.

"The fashionable shoes you are wearing could be made in Jalisco," said Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez. …

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