As 2022 continues unfolding, Mexico’s low-cost airlines are starting the year on a positive note as Viva Aerobus reported massive growth following a successful holiday season and Volaris was named one of the best low-cost airlines in the world by Airline Ratings.
Meanwhile, Mexico City’s International Airport’s (AICM) passenger traffic keeps dropping and its debt rising. The infamous Canadian “party-travelers” remain stuck in Cancun as airlines refuse to fly them.
This week in Aerospace:
Viva Aerobus Reports Outstanding Growth
While the aviation industry continues its journey towards recovery from the pandemic, the Mexican ultra-low-cost airline’s 2021 numbers exceeded that of 2019. Thanks to Mexico’s heightened travel during the holiday season due to low safety restrictions, Viva Aerobus carried 1.6 million passengers in December, breaking its own record for most travelers in a single month. The ultra-low-cost airline credits its business model for a successful 2021, in which it carried 15 million passengers.
Airline Ratings Names Volaris One of the “Best Low-Cost Airlines”
Volaris remained the only Latin American entry in Airline Rating’s annual Top 10 Worldwide List, which monitors 385 airlines across the world. The list considers several factors including total crashes in the last five years, serious incident reports, audits, fleet age and COVID-19 protocols, among others. Mexican airlines Viva Aerobus and Interjet received a six out of seven stars by Airline Ratings while Aeroméxico and Aeromar received all seven.
AICM Accumulated Debt Since 2020
The Mexico City International Airport (AICM) finished out the year with a decrease in passengers and a massive increase in rental debts, which are only expected to continue growing because of the fourth wave of COVID-19. Debts began accumulating in 2020 and only increased by 90 percent in 2021 as the airport did not implement discounts that year. The number of passengers decreased 28.3 percent compared to 2019 numbers despite holiday season boosts in travel.
Partying Passengers Stuck in Mexico After Airlines Decline to Fly Them Home
Viral videos showing a charter flight filled with rowdy passengers breaking safety protocols on a flight from Montreal, Canada, to Cancun on Dec. 30 attracted so much international attention that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to make a public statement condemning the passengers’ behavior. The group, several of whom have tested positive for COVID-19 since, are now facing trouble with returning, as multiple airlines have denied them service after their original return flight was cancelled. Transport Canada is now beginning negotiations to allow the passengers to travel, many of whom await fines and investigations back home.