International Aviation to Recover by 2025: IATABy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Tue, 06/29/2021 - 16:08
Mexico’s international passenger traffic will not recover to its pre-pandemic levels until 2025, said Cuitláhuac Gutiérrez, Country Manager Mexico at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Director General of CANAERO. In a virtual conference, Gutiérrez explained the hardships international aviation is facing because of the lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed in other countries, reports El Heraldo de México.
On the other hand, Mexico’s domestic market is showing strong signs of recovery. Grupo Aeroméxico, for example, transported 1.36 million in May 2021, which represented an increase of 12.9 percent when compared to the previous month, reported the airline in its May Traffic Report. Mexico’s flagship airline also reported an increase in its domestic capacity, which increased by 1.9 percent in comparison to May 2019. Grupo Aeroméxico’s domestic market has almost fully recovered, as it reached 98.2 percent of Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK) in comparison to last May.
International flights, however, have not been so positive. In May 2021, Grupo Aeroméxico reports that its domestic capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometers was only 47.6 percent of what it was in May 2019. The recovery has been held back by travel restrictions in many countries. “Mexico led the regional recovery in the domestic [national] market. That's true. However, in Mexico we were also prey to international restrictions and travel requirements that were requested of all passengers,” said Gutiérrez to Latin US. Total demand for Grupo Aeroméxico increased by 13.5 percent.
Mexico’s international traffic relies heavily on the recovery of the rest of the world. “The international market is extremely important. We do not see a recovery until the end of 2024, or the beginning of 2025,” said Gutiérrez, according to El Heraldo de México. The airline is more optimistic regarding domestic traffic, as the country never imposed travel restrictions. These circumstances might help Mexico to recover the fastest from the pandemic and reach a 9.9 percent increase in flights by 2025, according to A21. However, Gutiérrez explains that the recovery will rely on the progress of vaccination campaigns and the relaxation of travel restrictions.