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Mexico’s Treasury Closes Mexicana’s Warehouses

By Alicia Arizpe | Mon, 03/30/2020 - 11:34

Mexico’s Treasury (SAT) unexpectedly closed three cargo warehouses operated by defunct airline Mexicana de Aviación, a move that left hundreds without a job and raised concerns for potential complications in logistic operations at Mexico’s largest airport.

Mexicana de Aviación stopped operating in 2010. However, until recently it maintained several warehouses and capabilities operational such as its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. The airline also maintained several warehouses, which were used by the company Borderless Air Cargo to receive and manage international cargo.

Mexicana operated warehouses 16, 17 and 18 at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), the country’s largest hub for passengers and cargo operations. These three warehouses managed 30 percent of the total cargo that is imported or exported through AICM, a total of 75 million tons just in 2019.

SAT revoked Mexicana’s authorization to operate in these three hangars on March 23, arguing that the airline was bankrupt. This move left approximately 250 workers without a job and led 150 former employees to protest outside AICM’s customs. Moreover, the move put in danger the social security contributions of the 8,000 families that are still in wait for their severance payments after the airline went bankrupt. The Air Pilot Union (ASPA) denounced that besides causing significant losses of jobs and clients, this measure would hurt the import of medical supplies necessary for the treatment of the COVID-19 outbreak. It would also hurt the local aviation industry, which is already suffering from numerous flight cancellations and was increasingly reliant on cargo operations.

Alicia Arizpe Alicia Arizpe Senior Writer