Aero Latam

Mexico and the challenge of growing

Mexico needs clearer policies and improved infrastructure, among other things, to achieve the expansion it needs.

By Florencia Lucero Heguy

Mexico is a country that needs to grow more in the domestic airport market and is what, at present, some local airlines are trying to do. Airlines always have the challenge of being very competitive and profitable at the same time, which means taking great care of costs. To achieve growth in the sector, Mexico needs clear aeronautical policies; that is to improve infrastructure, security, maintain supervision and regulation by the aeronautical authorities.

The country’s air industry not only faces the challenge of having a better infrastructure in the coming years and counteracting the impact of the price of fuel, but also needs an aeronautical policy.

Aeromexico was, with 4.4%, the company that grew the least in passenger transport in 2018 compared to its three major rivals in the country, since Viva Aerobus increased 22.1%, Interjet, 12.1% and You will fly 10.1%.

Companies that work on a smaller scale, such as Magnicharters, Aeromar, Regional Air Transport (TAR) and Calafia Airlines, increased their routes and services through small planes and economic tickets, competing, in this way, with the largest companies.

The regional commercial airline Calafia Airlines, which also has schools of surcharges, pilots and semi-emergent flights, has an annual growth of 18% and expects to increase it in the coming years. With a fleet of small and medium capacity aircraft as it has a Cessna Caravan of 14 passengers and Embraer de Brasilia 30 and ERJ 50 seats, the company arrives in the North Pacific zone, which is Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa, Jalisco, Guanajuato and Nuevo León, among others.

Aeromar operates a daily average of 70 flights through a fleet of two turboprops ATR-42 and seven ATR72-600, with capacity for 48 and 68 passengers respectively. This year, it expects to grow 23% of passenger traffic by increasing its route network to 25 destinations, compared to the 18 it had last year.

TAR is a company that focuses specifically on the interior of the country through the expansion of regional routes. It has a presence in the areas of Mar de Cortés, Occidente, Centro / Norte, Golfo de México and Mundo Maya, operating with Embraer ERJ145 aircraft that have a capacity of 50 seats. Currently, it is expanding with the objective of, in addition to opening more routes, reaching southeast Mexico.

For its part, the company Mayair, which was born to make charter flights, today aims to position itself as a connection to Cozumel and southeastern Mexico. Its fleet is composed of Cessna 402, Fokker 50 and Dornier 228-212 aircraft.

Importantly, Mexican commercial aviation was promoted by the expansion of low-cost airlines such as Interjet and Volaris and the approval of the Delta-Aeroméxico association in 2016, the Bilateral Air Transport Agreement of the United States and Mexico and that the country It is installed as a regional center.