Mexican Airports see a Recovery in Passenger TrafficBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Tue, 06/01/2021 - 15:20
Mexican airports are seeing a gradual increase in passenger traffic a year since the COVID-19 pandemic came to Mexico, reports Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT). Low-cost airlines, on the other hand, have surpassed their pre-pandemic levels.
In April 2021, there was a total of 28,882 national flights, 23,296 more flights than in April 2020, according to SCT. National passenger traffic also increased dramatically to 3.48 million in April 2021, a sharp increase over April 2020’s 423,200.
SCT reports that low-cost airlines are faring much better in the new normal. Viva Aerobus, for example, has managed to surpass its numbers from 2020 and 2019. In April 2021, it increased its total number of passengers to about 147,300 and performed a total of 1,052 flights. Volaris also grew its traffic during April. The airline transported a total of 1.9 million passengers, in national and international routes, during April 2021, 3.3 percent more than it did on April 2019, according to the company’s traffic report.
How Are Airports Doing?
Mexico’s 61 commercial airports reported about 9.65 million passengers for domestic and international flights, reported the SCT and AFAC. This number is 28 percent lower than before the pandemic when local airports reported 13.24 million passengers. These numbers however explain that Mexican airports have recovered 72 percent of their travelers.
According to the SCT and AFAC, Mexico City International Airport (AICM)is seeing the sharpest increase in demand in domestic traffic thanks to connecting flights. Internationally, however, the number one spot went to Cancun International Airport, which saw an increase of 38.7 percent when compared to 2020thanks to the heavy flow of international tourists.
The number of international passengers that traveled through Cancun represented 35.1 percent of the total international traffic in Mexican airports. AICM came second with 25 percent of all international passenger traffic. In domestic traffic, AICM came in first place with 28 percent, followed by Tijuana’s airport with 11.4 percent and Cancun’s airport with 10.2 percent. Tijuana International Airport is experiencing a seven percent increase when compared to pre-pandemic levels, which could explain recent investments in the airport.