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Aeroméxico Doubles Pre-Pandemic Figures

By Antonio Gozain | Tue, 08/16/2022 - 13:57

During 1H22, Aeroméxico registered an increase of 53.5 percent in domestic flights compared with 1H19, growing from 21,141 to 32,465 flights. The number of passengers increased by 67 percent between the same two periods, from 2.6 million to 4.34 million, according to the Federal Agency of Civil Aviation (AFAC).

However, Aeroméxico’s international flights during 1H22 decreased by 16.4 percent compared to pre-pandemic figures, from 21,383 to 17,874 flights. This also meant a decrease in the number of passengers carried internationally from 3.19 million to 2.57 million. The decline in international flights concurs with the country’s downgrade to Category 2 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Mexican airlines cannot increase frequencies nor open new routes to the US until the country recovers Category 1, limiting commercial development, as reported by MBN.

Recently, the Center for Tourism Research and Competitiveness of Universidad Anáhuac (CICOTUR), informed that Mexican airlines have lost about MX$9.2 billion (US$460 million) due to the FAA’s downgrade to Category 2. 

While new route openings and frequencies increases to the US remain infeasible for Mexican airlines, Aeroméxico announced that it will increase the frequencies of the Guadalajara-Madrid route on a weekly basis during the winter season, raising weekly flights from three to five. These flights will start on Dec. 12, 2022 and last until Jan. 15, 2023, offering over 6,850 seats in 25 aircraft.

"We are proud that we can offer the highest number of frequencies between Spain and Mexico, as it represents greater flight alternatives for passengers," said Pasquale Speranza, Regional Sales Director, Europe and Asia, Aeroméxico.

The direct route from Guadalajara to Madrid began operations on Dec. 15, 2021, with three weekly frequencies and an offer of 11,000 seats. All flights are operated with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which offers a capacity for 274 passengers (36 in premium class and 238 in economy class).

Aeroméxico flies the Guadalajara-Madrid route, in addition to the Monterrey-Madrid route as part of its commitment to better connect Mexico with the world, said to MBN Giancarlo Mulinelli, Vice President of Global Sales, Aeroméxico: “In the past, those who traveled from Monterrey or Guadalajara to Madrid took between 15 and 20 hours to get to their final destination, either through any US hub or through Mexico City. Now, they can reach their destination within nine hours.”

Aeroméxico Hires Pricefx to Enhance Sales Analytics for Agency Business

Aeroméxico hired the global leader in cloud-native pricing software, Pricefx, to help enhance its travel agency business analytics.

Leveraging Pricefx’s AI technology, Aeroméxico will evaluate agency performance and improve commission payment insights with future plans to design bespoke, front and back-end agency commission plans, informed Pricefx.

“Technology is increasingly important to agency management and other areas of our airline,” said Rastislav Martos, Senior Vice President of Revenue Management and Distribution, Aeroméxico. “We are excited to partner with Pricefx on the development of a new sales analytics product for the airline industry, driving value in our critical travel agency segment. By leveraging Pricefx’s expertise, we believe we can strengthen Aeroméxico’s commercial strategy with better execution and improved speed-to-market,” he added.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, A21, AFAC, Pricefx
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Antonio Gozain Antonio Gozain Journalist and Industry Analyst