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Antonio Gozain By Antonio Gozain | Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst - Wed, 03/02/2022 - 12:32

Although the aviation industry is far from recovering from the pandemic, Mexican low-cost-carriers (LCC) Volaris and Viva Aerobus continue thriving and reported positive 4Q2021 figures. Meanwhile, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that Mexico will not close its airspace to Russian planes, despite criticizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


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What Is Going on in Mexico’s Aerospace Sector?

For the past two years, Mexico’s aerospace and aviation sectors have focused on recovering from economic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the industry has shifted its goals; it is not only focusing on recovering but also striving to advance its sustainability plans, improve passenger experience and continue to be one of the main means of transportation for both passenger and cargo.

JetBlue Adds Another Flight to Mexico: New York-Puerto Vallarta

JetBlue announced its newest flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Puerto Vallarta’s Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, connecting both destinations with four weekly flights.

FAA Modifies Landing Requirements for Boeing 737

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues investigating the interaction between 5G wireless services and airport landing and takeoff operations. Recently, the agency changed the landing requirements for certain Boeing 737 aircraft in some airports to prevent potential 5G interference.

Viva Aerobus Reports Historic 2021

Viva Aerobus continues to take over the Mexican market and reported outstanding growth and achievements in 2021, when it celebrated its 15th anniversary and was recognized as the Value Airline 2021 by Air Transport World.

“During the year, we strengthened our position as one of the fastest growing airlines in profitability in the American continent, becoming the second largest airline in the domestic market in Mexico,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, General Director, Viva Aerobus.

Volaris Carried 7.2 million Passengers during 4Q2021

During 4Q2021, Volaris carried 7.2 million passengers, a 1.5-million increase when compared to 4Q2019. The Mexican LCC generated MX$13.96 billion (US$700 million) in revenue during this period, a 43-percent increase when compared with its pre-pandemic figures, reported A21.

Airbus’s ZEROe, Other Projects Coming Soon

Airbus moved one step closer to its goal of launching the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035. The planemaker announced the test of hydrogen-powered flights in 2026 using a modified version of one of its A380 jetliners, which were discontinued last year.

Mexico Will Not Close its Airspace to Russia, Ukraine

President López Obrador said that Mexico will not close its airspace to Russian airplanes. The EU, Canada and the US have already taken this measure following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Cluster Increases Efforts to Build Chihuahua’s Supply Chain

Chihuahua’s Aerospace Cluster has grown from five members to over 30, fostering collaboration between academia, private and public sectors. Read this week’s View from the Top with Kaman Aerospace’s Luis Carlos Ramírez, member of the cluster.

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