Airports, Airlines Recover as Vaccination ContinuesBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Thu, 06/03/2021 - 15:16
This week, experts ponder the real impact of the downgrade of Mexico’s air safety rating by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Also, Mexican airports are seeing a small recovery in passenger traffic, can commercial airlines be more optimistic?
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The US FAA downgraded Mexico’s air safety rating from Category 1 to Category 2 after determining that the country “does not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards.” This raised concerns about the future of the industry, as to how can Mexico’s commercial air sector thrive if it cannot grow?
Airlines, however, are more optimistic. Mexican airlines Viva Aerobus, Volaris and Aeroméxico, and US Delta Airlines have expressed that the downgrade will not affect current routes operating across both countries. However, the downgrade is expected to affect their expansion plans so they have stated their hopes that the downgrade will not last long. Read more here!
The Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) shared that domestic and international passengers passing through Mexican airports recovered slightly during April. Overall, the aviation industry recovered 72 percent of the travelers if had before the pandemic. Mexico City International Airport (AICM) saw the sharpest increase in demand, in part thanks to connecting flights. In international traffic, the top spot went to Cancun International Airport (AIC) thanks to the increase in tourism as travelers from all around the world visit Mexican beaches. Tijuana International Airport (AIT) also experienced a dramatic increase in traffic, which could explain its recent infrastructure investments. Read more here!
British Airways will use the IATA Travel Pass: A21
British Airways recently announced it will use International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) vaccination passport, which allows users and airlines to store, consult and verify test results for passengers. This tool can be accessed through smartphones, where users can create an account and review entry requisites for any particular destination.
Spain Reopens Borders to Vaccinated Travelers: A21
Spain’s government announced the country will welcome vaccinated travelers starting on June 7, 2021. However, this is limited to travelers who received vaccines approved by the WHO or the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which are those by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, CureVac, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen and Sanofi-GSK.
The news is positive for Mexicans who want to travel to the EU. Most Mexicans have received vaccine from Pfizer and AstraZeneca.