Aeromexico has announced a new route from Mexico City to London Heathrow, after waiting four years to launch flights to the airport due to limited spare capacity.

The Mexican airline will begin flights three times a week from December 14, 2012 and will arrive at Terminal 4 at Heathrow, with the airport currently operating at 99.2% of its capacity.

The airline said customers of Aeromexico and members of SkyTeam will also benefit from its extensive network that includes destinations in Europe such as Prague, Vienna, Oslo, Moscow and Istanbul, among others.

Flight connections will also be available to regions like North Africa and the Middle East, to cities including Carthage, Cairo, Dubai and Tel Aviv.

The new route adds to the 386 destinations currently served by Grupo Aeromexico, including 220 international and 166 national hubs.

Andres Conesa, chief executive of Aeromexico Group, said: “The beginning of operations between Mexico and London is a great achievement for all of us who work at this airline, as this destination is very important to the national economy and several key sectors that will also benefit from this new connection.

“This new flight also represents Aeromexico’s commitment to the growth and economic development of Mexico.”