Challenges Continue to Pile Up for the Mexican Aviation IndustryBy Antonio Gozain | Thu, 11/11/2021 - 14:00
The Mexican aviation industry continues facing challenges and barriers. This week, the US introduced its new vaccination entrance requirements for Mexican travelers. In addition to COVID-19-related restrictions, aviation fuel’s cost has risen 116.8 percent in the Latin American region, said IATA. Meanwhile, an Airbus helicopter performed its first flight using 100-percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
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Venezuela-Mexico Flights Reactivated
Mexico will soon recover one of its air connections to Latin America as Venezuelan airline Conviasa announced it will reactivate its Toluca-Caracas and Cancun-Caracas flights by the end of 2021. Flights between both countries were in a 20-month hiatus due to the pandemic.
“We reactivate our frequencies to Toluca, Mexico to connect you with a place full of cultural life and natural attractions,” informed Conviasa via Twitter.
Mexican Aviation Industry Faces New Barriers
As the US seeks to limit COVID-19 outbreaks in its territory, it introduced new vaccination entrance requirements for Mexican travelers.
The US Embassy in Mexico announced via a press release the new COVID-19 travel requirements to control new outbreaks in its territory: “Beginning Nov. 8, 2021, non-US citizens and non-immigrants travelling by air to the US will be required to present their full vaccination schedule as well as proof of their vaccination status prior to boarding a plane to the US.”
Soaring Fuel Cost to Impact Industry’s Recovery
Soaring aviation fuel prices could delay airlines’ efforts to balance their finances, said Willie Walsh, Director General, IATA, as reported by A21. The price of jet fuel has increased by 116.8 percent in the Latin American region, compared with 2020 prices.
“I think it will be a difficult situation but (the increase in prices) is not something that airlines can avoid. They are going to have to strengthen their finances. It may take time for some airlines and high oil prices will only delay the payback period even further,” said Walsh.
Airbus’s Successful “fello´fly” Flight Cuts Emissions, Saves Fuel
Sharing the sky may help airlines save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions, said Airbus after the first long-haul demonstration of formation flight in general air traffic. This tryout saved over 6 tons of CO2 emissions on the trip, confirming the potential for over 5 percent fuel savings on long-haul flights.
First Airbus Helicopter Flight with 100 percent SAF
An Airbus H225 performed the first-ever helicopter flight with 100 percent SAF powering one of the Safran Makila 2 engines, reported several media outlets. The flight took place at Airbus’s headquarters in Marignane, France, after last week’s successful A319neo’s first SAF-powered flight.