Aerospace Sector Prepares to Officially ReactivateBy Alessa Flores | Thu, 05/14/2020 - 13:30
The strategy to return to the "new normal" includes considering manufacturing, construction and other industries, such as aerospace and automotive, as essential. In municipalities not being classified as a risk zone, these activities will be able to continue operating. However, some governors have spoken against this measure. The governor of Coahuila, Miguel Riquelme, claimed these measures "do not correspond to the reality and economic activity of Coahuila. The decision to open industrial activities related to the automotive, mining and construction sectors is late,” he said according to a note by El Financiero.
In turn, the Governor of Yucatan, Mauricio Vila, reported that starting next May 18, the gradual reopening of the industries in the state will begin with the aerospace, aeronautics and automotive sectors. While the construction sector will be reactivated on June 1.
Now let’s jump into The Week in Aerospace!
Avianca Files for Bankruptcy
Avianca is the second-oldest airline in the world and the second-largest in Latin America. Filing for bankruptcy protection in a US court will allow the airline to postpone some obligations to creditors. The airline was hurt as countries in Latin America either closed their borders and/or severely restricted travel. Headquartered in Bogota, the airline has 187 destinations spread in 27 countries and has three hubs in Latin America located in Colombia, El Salvador and Peru. It also connects Mexico City and Cancun to the rest of Latin America. Of its destinations, about 88 percent had total or partial travel restrictions, which cut its revenue by 80 percent.
Aircraft Transferred Out of Santa Lucia
Contrary to popular belief, the Mexican armed forces are continuing with operations in what remains of the existing Santa Lucia Air Base in parallel to the construction of the new Felipe Ángeles International Airport. As previously reported, the construction of the airport is joined by the construction of a new base, along with living quarters for new military occupants and their families. The old base’s reduced operational volume is the result of both the new airport’s construction and also COVID-19 shutdowns. As a result of this reduction, 22 planes will be moved out of the base during the first days of June. These aircraft represent close to a quarter of the base’s total aerial arsenal of nearly 90 planes.
Forced Quarantines Could Complicate Airline Recovery
As countries analyze how to safely reopen, the idea of quarantining arriving travelers has gained some traction. But tourism and aviation groups warn that such an approach would be detrimental to the recovery of these sectors. The COVID-19 outbreak led many nations to close their borders and or to implement shelter-in-place measures. As some countries progress in controlling the disease, they are analyzing measures that would gradually allow them to reopen and eventually permit a safe return to normal. A measure that has been put on the table by UK and Spain, two countries heavily impacted by the pandemic, is opening borders but quarantining every single traveler to prevent them from reintroducing the virus.
US Senators Propose Aerospace PPPs
US Senators Jerry Moran and Mark Warner have put forward a bill to support the aerospace industry, as the global pandemic continues to destabilize the sector and threatens thousands of jobs. The idea is that, through a partnership, the government would pay up to half the compensation of "at-risk groups of employees" as long as companies continue to employ those workers.