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Aeroméxico will maintain operations at AICM; routes in AIFA are incremental

Acapulco Guerrero. During this year Aeroméxico does not plan to add more routes at the new Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), where in the following months it will go from operating three to nine routes, after incorporating more destinations to Acapulco, Cancún, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Oaxaca and Veracruz, which will be added to the operations it already has to Mérida, Puerto Vallarta and Villahermosa.

By September, the airline expects to have an offer of more than 100,000 seats at AIFA, with 900 monthly arrival and departure operations.

But Aeroméxico will not move any of its operations at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), since the new flights at AIFA will be in addition to the offer it currently has at the capital airport.

“We maintain the offer we have, users can choose on their flights to Mérida or Monterrey if they want to get to the AICM or AIFA, that is what is going to happen”, emphasized Christian Pastrana, director of communication and public affairs of Aeroméxico, at a press conference during the 46th edition of the Tianguis Turístico.

Aeroméxico’s decision to increase the number of routes at the new airport, without reducing those it already has at the AICM, occurs a few weeks after the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) announced the Federal Government’s intention to issue a decree to move flights from the AICM to the AIFA, with which it was sought to reduce the operations of “excessive flights” by around 20%.

In the end, the decree was never issued and the airlines reached an agreement with the Federal Government to offer more routes in the AIFA.

“The operation we have planned for the end of the year is this, with the (six new) destinations from AIFA,” said Pastrana.

Extend frequencies on international routes

For the summer, the airline will increase the frequencies of its flights to Europe in markets such as London (which will go from six to seven weekly frequencies), Madrid (from 14 to 15 weekly frequencies) and Paris (from seven to nine weekly frequencies), in addition to Buenos Aires, where it will increase its flights from seven to nine weekly frequencies.

By the end of the year, the airline expects to have a fleet of 147 aircraft, higher than the one it had before the pandemic, of 124 teams.

Part of the strategy aims to renovate some of the oldest planes –such as the Embraer 190– with 737 MAX equipment. The objective is to reach an index of seven years of average age.

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