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Volaris to Operate from AIFA; Mexican Industry Resilience

By Antonio Gozain | Thu, 10/28/2021 - 15:04

Volaris announced its decision to expand its operations to Aeropuerto Internacional Felipe Ángeles (AIFA) by March 2022. Queretaro continues attracting investments, with 34 potential projects of up to US$4 billion and the creation of 15,000 new jobs. Meanwhile, a Deutsche Bank report highlighted Mexico aerospace industry as the most resilient in Latin America.


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Volaris Set to Operate from AIFA

Volaris announced that it will begin operations at AIFA beginning on March 21, 2022, opening daily flights to Tijuana and Cancun. The ultra-low-cost airline, which will continue to operate normally at AICM, became the first carrier to confirm its participation in the new airport.

Viva Aerobus to Join Volaris at AIFA

Only one day after Volaris confirmed its participation, Viva Aerobus informed its intentions of operating domestic flights in the new airport, reported A21.

“We have been working with the Ministry of Defense, watching closely the development of the airport and airspace. The rates to operate at the airport will be published during the next days, and as soon as this is public, we could define our services. But we will operate (at AIFA), domestically,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, Director General, Viva Aerobus.

Queretaro to Hold MX$80 billion Investment Portfolio

Queretaro has 34 potential projects incoming, which would imply investments of up to US$4 billion and the creation of 15,000 new jobs.

“The interest of the manufacturing sector, automotive and aerospace industries and electrical appliances continues; however, the IT sector has special relevance to the state. We have recently noticed investments in data centers. As a result, new industries and new indirect suppliers are being created,” said Marco Antonio del Prete Tercero, Minister of Sustainable Development of Queretaro.

Mexican Aviation Industry: The Strongest in Latin America

The Mexican aviation industry has struggled to recover after the 2020 crisis. However, a Deutsche Bank report indicates that Mexico’s aerospace industry has proved to be the most resilient in fighting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic among all Latin American countries.

Deutsche Bank’s Analyst Michael Linenberg highlighted the strength of the Mexican aviation industry during the annual Airline Leaders Forum held in Bogota, Colombia. “The best performing market in Latin America is Mexico, its numbers are between 15 percent and 25 percent higher when compared to 2019.”

Embraer to Revolutionize Turboprops

Brazilian planemaker Embraer continues to study, develop and design its E3 aircraft, which aims to revolutionize the market, creating a jet-like experience for 70-90 passengers, reported A21.

“Our next-gen turboprop design continues to develop. As well as being faster, with lower operating costs and with more personal space than others on the market, the rear mounted engines reduce cabin noise for a jet-like experience,” said Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer, as reported by MBN.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, A21
Photo by:   Volaris
Antonio Gozain Antonio Gozain Journalist and Industry Analyst