The FAA downgraded Mexico’s air safety rating stating that “the country does not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards” on May 25, 2021. Today marks one year of the country’s air space downgrade from Category 1 to Category 2 and, among other challenges, US airlines have gained at least an additional 10 percent share in the bilateral market due to the increase in frequencies to Mexico, as reported by BBC.
This week, SICT informed that FAA postponed the new technical review to Mexico’s airspace for several weeks. If the evaluation has positive results, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs could request the US to carry out the audit again to recategorize Mexico around August 2022. If further postponed, however, the process could last until January 2023, reported A21.
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Volaris Restarts Operations at AIT, Launches 10 New Routes at AIFA
Ultra-low-cost airline Volaris announced its strategy to boost its operations within the Metropolitan Airport System, which has a potential market of 30 million passengers. Volaris will launch 10 new routes at Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA): Acapulco, Guadalajara, Huatulco, La Paz, Merida, Mexicali, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Escondido and Los Cabos.
In addition, the Mexican airline will restart operations at Toluca International Airport (AIT), operating routes to Tijuana, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Cabos and Huatulco, beginning in July 2022.
Viva Aerobús Announced Guadalajara-Bogota Route
Following the success of Viva Aerobús’ routes from Mexico City to Bogota and Medellin, the ultra-low-cost airline announced that it will connect Guadalajara and Bogota beginning on Oct. 29, 2022 with two weekly flights.
Passenger Flows Remain 20 Percent Under Pre-Pandemic Figures
Passenger traffic remains one of the woes of the aviation industry. In 2020, COVID-19 dealt a heavy blow to the sector, leading to a drop of 60 percent in traffic compared to 2019's numbers. To date, levels remain 22 percent below 2019’s results.
KLM to Face Legal Action Due to “Greenwashing”
Environmental groups launched legal action against Dutch carrier KLM, saying the aviation giant is misleading the public over its sustainability practices. This is the first time that the airline industry has been challenged over so-called greenwashing, reported CNBC.
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