Mexican Airlines Show Better Numbers in MayBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Wed, 06/09/2021 - 11:06
In May 2021, Viva Aerobus broke its passenger record with 1.34 million travelers while Grupo Aeroméxico transported 1.36 million, a 12.9 percent increase over the previous month. What do these figures mean for Mexico’s commercial air industry?
Viva Aerobus reported an astonishing large growth in passenger demand, even when compared to its pre-pandemic levels. The 1.34 million passengers represent a historic feat in its 15 years of existence and represent a 35 percent year-on-year increase in traffic. The ultra-low-cost airline reported a total of over 5 million passengers between January and May of 2021, exceeding 2019’s levels by 16.7 percent.
“Achieving the highest number of monthly passengers in 15 years of history, within the trying climate that we are going through right now, serves as proof of the trust that out passengers have in our services and the trust they have in flying again. At Viva Aerobus, we are certain that we are prioritizing their health and their safety, without forgetting that today, more than ever, it is key to offer lower prices to support their pockets,” mentioned Juan Carlos Zuazua, Director General of Viva Aerobus.
Meanwhile, Grupo Aeroméxico transported 1.36 million passengers that same month, an increase of 12.9 percent when compared to April 2021, reported the airline in a press release. May’s domestic passenger demand was 8.2 percent lower than it was in 2019, before the pandemic. But Grupo Aeroméxico remains positive, as the increase in demand suggests a recovery for the sector. However, internationally traffic has not even reached half of what it was before the pandemic, with the company flying only 48.8 percent of international passengers as it did last year.
Occupation levels for Grupo Aeroméxico reached 77.1 percent, a 2 percent increase from April 2021 but 7.5 percent less year-on-year. However, domestic occupation reached 83.2 percent, proving that domestic demand is increasing as consumers feel more comfortable travelling, leading to a slow recovery of the commercial aviation industry.