Industry, Authorities Reach Agreement to Improve Mexican AviationBy Emilio Aristegui | Wed, 05/18/2022 - 17:20
Mexico has suffered important setbacks regarding the safety of its airspace, which led the country to lose its Category 1 grade with the US’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Last week, industry representatives met with aviation authorities to improve aviation in the country.
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Following several incidents at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) and the opening of Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA), Mexican authorities met with representatives from the aviation industry to discuss safety measures, among other concerns. Some of the agreements reached include that national and international airlines will maintain their respective landing and take-off schedules during the 2022 summer season at AICM, and a gradual increase in flights to AIFA to eventually surpass 100 daily operations. The representatives also agreed to move domestic cargo and charter operations from AICM to AIFA and no new incoming flights to AICM will be authorized.
Efforts will focus on recovering Mexico’s lost Category 1 in accordance with the requirements established by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The airline will start two new routes, Toluca–Merida and Toluca–Puerto Vallarta, on Sep. 9. These flights use the Airbus A320/A321 aircraft with capacity for 186 to 240 passengers.
"We are grateful for Viva Aerobus' trust in Toluca and convinced that these four routes will make it easier for more people to learn about Mexico's wealth and grow our state as a logistics center for the country," said Marcela González Salas, Secretary of Culture and Tourism of the State of Mexico.
Aeromar will use ATR 600 series aircraft, which have a capacity for 48 and 72 passengers, to cover these destinations, said Juan Ignacio Rossello, Commercial Director, Aeromar. “At Aeromar we see a large opportunity for recovery in the domestic market, we believe that in the coming months it will be very dynamic and that is why we are betting on new routes and destinations that we had not explored. We are certain of the success of the Puebla-Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and Puebla-Acapulco routes”, explained Rossello via A21.