Multiple actors within the Mexican aviation industry, including the Labor Union of Air Pilots (ASPA), have expressed their concerns surrounding President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s cabotage initiative, which would reform the Aviation Law, allowing the operation of foreign airlines on domestic routes.
The premise that cabotage would foster competitiveness within the Mexican aviation sector is “false” and it would only bring a massive impact on the industry, including job loss, said ASPA’s spokesman José Gerardo Alonso Torres: “What the president is proposing is to carry out an open cabotage, which means that they [international carriers] would no longer even have to return to their country. This means they would be based in Mexico and that would be extremely dangerous.”
The Canadian Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) expressed its support to ASPA through a letter sent to the Mexican Union’s General Secretary, Humberto Gual Ángeles, pointing out that allowing foreign airlines to carry out cabotage operations in Mexico would be “impractical and imprudent.”
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Aeroméxico concluded its Chapter 11 procedures after the US Bankruptcy Court, from the Southern District of New York, issued its final agreement to finalize the process, as the airline overcame a lengthy exercise that began in 2020 in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Israel-based startup AIR announced that it completed the first successful unmanned test flight of its flying vehicle prototype, a milestone that will help it reach the market within the next two years, the company said.
The vehicle is capable of completing trips of up to 177km at a maximum speed of 250km/h and at a height of 1,200ft, transporting up to two passengers.
Aerospace Sector on Its Way to Growth in 2023
The aerospace industry has expanded its footprint across the country and is growing exports yearly. However, growth stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, when the sector saw a 31.8 percent drop in exports. While 2021 brought a slight recovery to aerospace industrial operations in Mexico, it was in 2022 that the sector saw a greater recovery, which was also pushed by aviation growth and nearshoring trends, which have put Mexico as an ideal destination for establishing operations.
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Airlines Cancel Thousands of US Flights Over Winter Storm
Airlines canceled nearly 2,700 US flights as of Dec. 24 after a massive winter storm impacted airport operations across the country, frustrating thousands of holiday travelers.
In Mexico, the Tijuana International Airport has seen the most canceled flights, with 184 departures and arrivals since Dec. 23, due to a dense layer of fog over the city.