This week, French plane-maker Airbus tested its new airplane inspired by the bird with the world’s largest wingspan. In Mexico, SEDENA indicated that the construction of Santa Lucia International Airport (AISL) would cost more than previously estimated. Flagship airline Aeroméxico reviewed its strategy to address the oversaturation of the Mexico City International Airport (AICM). Last but not least, local airlines tout good results for 2Q19 thanks to a cost reduction in in oil prices.
But not everything was good news, local airline Interjet had a troubled week after operational problems led to the cancellation of over 100 flights and delays for several more, affecting thousands of passengers.
Now, jump in last week’s highlights:
Airbus tests new airplane with “semi-aeroelastic” wing tips named the “AlbatrossOne”, inspired by the sea bird famous for having the longest wingspan.
Aeroméxico reviews its airline fleet strategy to address the saturation of AICM. The airline plans to acquire some Airbus A220 or Embraer E195-E2.
Mexican airlines had a better 2Q19 thanks to the 11.7 percent cost reduction of the West Texas Intermediate (WTI), a grade of crude oil that can be used to make jet fuel.
SEDENA updated the construction costs of Santa Lucia International Airport (AISL) and estimated that the airport will cost 17 percent more than previously expected. However, the updated figure of MX$92 billion (US$4.76 billion) does not include preliminary analyses nor new equipment valued at MX$885 million (US$46 million) and MX$1.88 billion (US$97 million), respectively.
Interjet in Pickle
Mexican airline Interjet cancelled 133 flights and delayed a 22 more between Monday and Wednesday due to operational problems, affecting 21,245 passengers.
The Mexican Consumer Attorney’s Office (Profeco) agreed with Interjet that the latter would reimburse the full price for the tickets of affected passengers.
The airline also vowed to hire 63 more pilots and as many flight attendants as necessary to avoid similar issues and promised courtesy tickets to affected passengers of both national and international destinations.
El Financiero reported that the airline also owes MX$92 million (US$4.76 million) to the federal government for the use of Mexico’s airspace.