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In local news, Mexico’s flagship airline Aeroméxico reported a decrease in passenger traffic for May 2019. Low-cost airline Volaris and two airport groups, however, reported higher passenger traffic for that same month. IATA asked the Ministry of Communications and Transport to develop a clear plan for the operation of the country’s airport system and Queretaro Intercontinental Airport announced it would launch more routes.

In international news, Canada’s Bombardier is in talks to sell its regional jet unit to Mitsubishi, Boeing received a US$1 billion cancellation and NASA announced that the International Space Station will be open to the public in 2020.

 

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Bombardier is in talks to sell its regional passenger jet unit to Mitsubishi, as part of its plan to exit the passenger jet sector.

NASA will open the International Space Station to tourist visits from 2020. Tourists will be allowed to visit the station for up to 30 days, at a cost of US$35,000 per night.

Boeing’s 737 Max troubles continue, with Azerbaijan airline AZAL being the latest to cancel an order for the aircraft that crashed twice in five months. The airline had placed an order for 10 737 Max valued at US$1 billion.

 

Mexico’s Airports and Airlines

IATA called for a clear plan and timeline for the implementation of the Metropolitan Airport System (SAM).

Queretaro Intercontinental Airport (AIQ) announced more routes alongside Aeroméxico, American Airlines and Volaris.

Aeroméxico reported a 2.6 percent drop in passenger traffic during May 2019 in comparison to the previous year. On the other hand, Volaris reported a 28 percent increase in traffic that same month.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) and Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (Asur) also  reported higher passenger traffic at 12.1 percent and 8.6 percent, respectively.

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