By Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
Aeroméxico Plans Return to London
On April 1, Aeroméxico will restart operations to London with 5 weekly flights using its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The flight resumptions represent a monthly offer of more than 9 thousand seats.
In a statement, Aeroméxico stated that with this resumption, the carrier will be operating six direct routes to Europe, such as Mexico City to Amsterdam, London, Madrid and Paris. Flights will also operate from Guadalajara, Mexico and Monterrey, Mexico to Madrid.
The company adds more than 330 monthly flights to Europe with an offer of nearly 90,000 seats. Aeroméxico has been operating to London since 2012, but the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions ordered by the governments forced this route to be suspended.
Almost half of the cargo and freight between the U.K. and Mexico — which represents more than $2 billion — traveled to London’s Heathrow Airport in 2019. Thus, the return of Aeroméxico is a great platform to start rebuilding the great trade between the two regions.
Passengers will now have more options and companies can re-develop stronger business links. Leisure passengers and business travelers regularly use this route.
On April 25, Aeroméxico will begin operations at Mexico City’s new airport Felipe Ángeles International Airport. Meanwhile, Volaris and Viva Aerobus will start operating from this new airport in March. Aeroméxico decided to wait one month after its resumption to start operations at the new airport.
Aeroméxico announced that it will start operations at the Felipe Ángeles International Airport with daily flights to Mérida, Mexico and Villahermosa, Mexico. This decision is the result of network analysis, location, customer needs and services of the airport’s infrastructure, which opens as a new air connectivity option to and from Mexico City.
With these new routes, Aeroméxico will connect Mexico City’s metropolitan area with 43 domestic destinations.
Although Aeroméxico had previously indicated that it was not planning to operate at the new Felipe Ángeles International Airport, and that it wanted to strengthen its presence at the Benito Juárez International Airport, this change of plans could be due to a strategy related to the Chapter 11 restructuring process that the Mexican carrier is currently facing.
Domestically, Aeroméxico transported 841 thousand passengers, which represented a decrease of 1.5 percent compared to the same month in 2021. In terms of international operations, the Mexican flag carrier transported 429 thousand passengers, representing an 79.2 percent increase compared to Jan. 2021. In total, Aeroméxico transported more than 1.2 million passengers, which represented an increase of 16.3 percent compared to the same month in 2021.