AeroMéxico and Viva Aerobus Have Expanded Their RoutesBy Sofía Hanna | Wed, 12/23/2020 - 09:01
Two companies that have thrived in their development and expansion plans despite the pandemic´s setbacks are AeroMéxico and Aerobus. Both airlines have recently released their new routes.
On Dec. 18th, Viva Aerobus inaugurated four new commercial routes in a week. The first ones to be announced will fly from Mexico City to Los Mochis and Durango. Routes to Chicago O´Hare and Ciudad Obregón will follow. Viva Aerobus now operates 38 routes in total, 31nationally and seven abroad. There has been a 10 percent growth in the company's operational capacity when compared to last year´s numbers, according to information retrieved from Vuela América. In an MBN article, Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of Viva Aerobus, mentioned that the company is prepared to have a progress recovery, noticing that the sector has started to turn around.
On Dec. 22 AeroMéxico announced their new route from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido. This route was celebrated by the airline and also by the state of Oaxaca. When the news was reported, Giancarlo Mulinelli, Aeroméxico's Senior Vice President of Global Sales, said, "Puerto Escondido is one of the most important tourist destinations in the state of Oaxaca, where we have been operating for more than 75 years. This new route will provide better connectivity and service options to this internationally recognized destination,” according to Vuela América.
The aerospace industry, in general, has taken a big hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been considered the worst crisis in history for this particular sector. In Mexico, the challenge has been maintaining investments and current airlines afloat. . Despite the crisis, most companies consider this as a moment to reinvent their airline businesses and expand to new markets.
An MBN article reported that the aviation industry first started noticing the negative effects of the pandemic when their demand decreased in March. Since then, airlines have been adjusting their operations to address this reduction. . Soon after, the Mexican aerospace industry recovered and made new developments within the sector. Rene Espinosa, President of Chihuahua Aerospace Cluster, stated in the mentioned article, “While COVID-19 brought troubles, it also brought new opportunities. We are seeing that major aerospace OEMs are now relocating their supply chains and Mexico is a good alternative.”
3Q20 reports show just that. Results showed that air traffic and capacity increased steadily over those three months, according to an MBN article.