Grupo Aeromexico and U.S.-based Delta Air Lines have opened a $60 million aircraft maintenance in Queretaro, a state in central Mexico.

The Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Inspection TechOps Mexico Center, which will service the fleets of both carriers, was inaugurated on Monday.

The center will also service planes belonging to other Mexican and foreign airlines, officials said.

The maintenance facility is expected to generate about 1,600 direct jobs and more than 3,000 indirect jobs, Mexican Communications Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said.

"This facility will also bolster the dynamism of the national aviation industry, which today employs 158,000 Mexicans," President Enrique Peña Nieto said during the inauguration ceremony.

The maintenance center is the largest facility of its kind in Latin America and will be able to service nine planes simultaneously, Grupo Aeromexico chairman Eduardo Tricio Haro said.

The facility is located next to the Queretaro airport in the Parque Aeroespacial, an industrial park that is home to various Latin American aerospace companies. EFE