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Industry Raises Concerns Surrounding Recovery, Airspace Redesign

By Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Thu, 04/22/2021 - 17:41

This week, a global aviation industry report states domestic aviation is faring much better than international aviation. Mexican airlines’ latest traffic reports are also positive and point toward recovery but demand for international travel has not risen. Also, the Mexico Valley faced a redesign of its airspace due to the construction of Felipe Ángeles International Airport, causing uncertainty and raising concerns about the risks aircraft might face in the area.

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International Travel Lags as Domestic Flights Soar

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warns that recovery to pre-pandemic levels is not going to be fast for most of the aviation industry as air demand is still a fraction of what it used to be, putting a lot of pressure on airlines globally. One of the biggest blows is being dealt by government-imposed restrictions, argues Willie Walsh, Director General of IATA. Thus, airlines’ priorities are containing and reducing costs.

IATA calls on governments around the globe to support the recovery of the global aviation industry, making it clear that relief measures are necessary to successfully rebuild the industry. In Mexico, overall demand has decreased greatly but little by little domestic demand has been increasing. Ultra-low-cost airlines Volaris and Viva Aerobus have shown a large increase in demand over the past few months returning to pre-pandemic levels. Read more here!

New Routes Cause Uncertainty

The Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) launched the first phase of the airspace redesign for the Mexico Valley. This redesign, however, has proved to come with challenges as recent news of two airplanes almost colliding made headlines. 

The redesign derives from the future inauguration of the Felipe Ángeles International Airport, one of the biggest projects of this presidential term, which is being built at the Santa Lucia military base. The airport’s inauguration is planned for March 2022. However, José Alfredo Covarrubias, General Secretary of the National Union of Air Traffic Controllers (SINACTA), highlighted the risks in redesigning the airspace. While ensuring accidents do not occur is key, Covarrubias hinted that Services for Air Navigation in the Mexican Air Space (SENEAM) is hiding reports of possible accidents. Read more here!

International

Atlanta Is No Longer the Most Transited Airport in the World: A21

For the first time in 22 years, Atlanta’s airport has been knocked down from its first-place spot. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China, is now the most transited airport globally, according to Airport Council International (ACI). This is the major airport of the Guangdong province and receives over 43 million people in 2020.

Seven out of the 10 most transited airports in the world are in China. However, most of this transit is attributed to domestic demand as the Top 5 airports in the world, in terms of international transit are Dubai, Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle Paris and Frankfurt.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, A21
Photo by:   Kaotaru, Unsplash
Jorge Ramos Zwanziger Jorge Ramos Zwanziger Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst