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An Aeromexico 787-8 landing at London Heathrow. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Aeroméxico Will Increase Operations in November

Next November, Aeroméxico will operate around 4,000 domestic flights, with which it will achieve an 83% recovery in its domestic operations compared to the same month in 2019.

According to ALNNEWS, the airline will increase frequencies to seven domestic destinations from Mexico City: to Acapulco, La Paz, Los Cabos, Mexicali, Villahermosa, Zacatecas and Zihuatanejo.

In the international market, the Mexican carrier has shown a slower recovery, mainly due to the restrictions of various countries on their borders. However, in November, Aeroméxico will be flying to 28 destinations in Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

It will resume operations to Lima, Peru, and increase frequencies in six cities: Guatemala, Guatemala; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; San Jose, Costa Rica; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Medellín, Colombia.

In the third quarter of the year, the airline’s revenues increased 79% over the previous quarter but decreased 74% compared to the same period in 2019, according to the quarterly report presented this week to the Mexican Stock Exchange. Losses continued, although in a lower volume than the previous quarter, amounting to around $130 million.

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Between January and August, total passengers transported have fallen by 51% in the case of domestic flights and 58% in international flights compared to the same period in 2019, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Tourism.

A Volaris Airbus A320 with Sharklets (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ian McMurtry)

According to elpais, the international tourism drop and the slow recovery of domestic and international operations have aggravated the poor financial and operational situation for Aeroméxico and Interjet which, until recently, were the country’s largest airlines.

For Aeroméxico, the international market decreased by 58%, from almost 14 million passengers to just under 6 million. Interjet went from transporting in the international market to just over 10 million people between January and August 2019 to about 3.5 million this year, a 66% drop in traffic.

All airlines have lost passengers, but the losses have been less severe for low-cost carriers. Volaris and VivaAerobus held in August more than two-thirds of the domestic market and a fifth of the international market. A year ago they had half of the domestic flights and did not reach a tenth of the trips abroad.

According to Reportur, Volaris is already the largest airline in Mexico by number of passengers and already operates about 85% of its capacity. The company expects to maintain around 17% of the international market and 40% of the domestic market in 2021, ten percentage points more than just a year ago.

VivaAerobus, for its part, has focused on strengthening national connections and currently has 97 active routes.

Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
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