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Aviation Industry Rejects Air Cabotage

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Antonio Gozain By Antonio Gozain | Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst - Thu, 12/29/2022 - 10:00

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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