GAP: First in the World to Certify its AirportsBy Alessa Flores | Thu, 09/10/2020 - 14:33
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), which operates 12 airports throughout Mexico’s Pacific region, became the first airport group in the world to successfully certify all its airports in ACI's Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) program, explains Bolsamanía. The ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) program provides airports with an assessment on how their health measures align with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery Guidelines and ICAO Council Aviation Restart Task Force’s recommendations, along with industry best practices, Airports Council International explains. This program, therefore, seeks to assist airports in evaluating new health measures and procedures to be implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Canadian specialist in recycling for the aerospace and automotive industries ReNeuvo Group announces a US$50-60 million investment in Aguascalientes. In its first stage, the project will involve the construction of nine plants that will employ 500 workers. Eventually, the company will build an industrial park in the state that would generate an additional 200 jobs.
The global aviation and aerospace industries are moving toward more sustainable practices to reduce the environmental impact of an industry that currently represents 13 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions from the entire transportation sector. These practices often focus on improved aircraft technology, such as fuel-efficient engines, improving air traffic management and developing sustainable fuels, among others. However, the incorporation of recycling practices into the aerospace sector should not be discounted as a strategy to reduce the environmental impact of the industry. Recycling within the aerospace sector gains increasing relevance as about 12,000 aircraft are estimated to go out of service within the next 20 years, according to the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA).
After troubled months earlier this year, Mexico’s aviation industry began taking small steps towards recovery in July as the country gradually relaxed its confinement policies and reopened its manufacturing sectors. In its August traffic report, ultra-low-cost airline Volaris posted even higher traffic results and claims to be leading the recovery of the local aviation industry.
While Mexico did not restrict domestic or international aviation, a drop in tourism and temporary halts in many manufacturing sectors added to widespread fears of COVID-19 to plunge local aviation to a fraction of what it was during 2019. The gradual economic reactivation is helping the sector bounce back from the low it faced between March and May 2020. In July, Mexican airlines reported strong month-on-month ramp-ups in traffic. Volaris indicated that it had seen a 70.4 percent increase in traffic over the previous month, while Aeroméxico reported a 110.7 percent increase during that same period. Seeing the increase in demand, both airlines increased their capacity and reopened several routes. While other airlines have not published their traffic results for August, Volaris reported another month-on-month improvement in capacity over its July numbers.
Grupo Aeroméxico reported on Wednesday that it received US$100 million from the initial tranche of preferential financing as part of the group's financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Law. Authorization was granted towards the end of August by a New York court that cleared Grupo Aeroméxico's request for preferential financing of up to US$1 billion. A second financing request is still pending.