In Mexico, low-cost airlines Volaris and Viva Aerobus had a positive June and reported two-digit growth in passenger traffic. Interjet’s owner, on the other hand, contemplates selling the airline. Santa Lucia International Airport’s troubles continue as studies for the reconfiguration of Mexico City’s and its metropolitan area’s air space have not progressed. This is expected to delay subsequent studies and the airport’s construction. Moreover, airlines had previously announced their unwillingness to operate in Santa Lucia and the federal government just announced that it will not force them to.
In international news, air travel continues to soar with a 4.5 percent growth in May. Boeing continues dealing with the crisis caused by the two 737 Max crashes and it offered a large sum to the families of the victims with no strings attached. However, the families criticized the OEM’s decision for not being transparent on how the funds would be distributed.
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Global air travel increased by 4.5 percent in May, according to IATA.
Volaris reported 24.5 percent growth in passenger traffic during June 2019, compared to the previous year.
Viva Aerobus also reported double-digit growth in passenger traffic and surpassed the 1-million-passenger mark in June.
Interjet’s Owner and Director General, Miguel Alemán Velazco, may sell the airline to liquidate its debt.
Boeing pledged a US$100 million donation to the families of the 346 victims of the two 737 Max 8 crashes. However, families of the Ethiopian crash called Boeing’s plan, which will give the funds to the affected communities and unnamed charities over several years, “unacceptable” as it did not consult them.
In the wake of the two 737 Max crashes, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will review pilot training and licensing requirements.
Santa Lucia Blues
Delays for the construction of the Santa Lucia International Airport have pushed its opening date back to 2022. Construction was supposed to begin in June but a judge halted the project due to lack of environmental permits.
Sources from Mexican Air Space Navigation Services (SENEAM) informed that the reconfiguration of Mexico City’s air space to incorporate the Santa Lucia airport is at 0 percent.
The federal government will not force airlines currently operating in Mexico City International Airport (AICM) to move their operations to Santa Lucia.