Mexican Airlines Approach Pre-Pandemic LevelsBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Thu, 04/08/2021 - 16:55
Low-cost airlines Volaris and Viva Aerobus are showing better results, while Aeroméxico battles the harsh impact of the pandemic. Volaris’ passenger traffic approached pre-pandemic levels, creating positive expectations for the sector.
The US is also analyzing whether to implement a potential COVID-19 passport or to create other requirements regarding information on passengers’ health.
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The impact of the pandemic has been brutal on the aviation industry, with the aerospace supply chain also suffering great disruption. Carlos Robles, Vice President of FEMIA, addressed several challenges for the coming years brought by the pandemic, including logistics, nearshoring and reshoring. Mexican airline Aeroméxico showed large losses throughout the pandemic, but Volaris and VivaAerobus reported more positive news. They are, however, still going through some hurdles, read more on that here.
In March, Volaris registered 1.2 percent less passengers than it did in March 2020. Most of this growth is attributed to domestic sales, which increased by 3.5 percent while the international market continues to be in a slump. The airline is optimistic about the growth it may see in the coming months as it focuses on rebuilding its flight route network. Read more here!
Cargo Market Grows: A21
In February, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) registered a 9 percent year-on-year increase in cargo demand. Most regions in the world registered an increase in cargo demand except for Latin America, which saw it decrease by 18.4 percent for the past two years. Africa registered the largest increase in demand with 42.3 percent, followed by North America with 17.1 percent. This means air cargo is not only recovering from the COVID-19 crisis but also growing. Read more here!
International air travel safety is a concern for many governments and industries, which is why the Biden administration has discussed vaccine passports with travel industry groups and airlines. The move is also important because other countries may require passengers to provide proof of a COVID-19 test or even vaccination. Read more here!