May was a good month for Mexican airlines and airport groups’ passenger traffic, as Mexico’s top three carriers by traffic, Grupo Aeroméxico, Viva Aerobus and Volaris, flew more passengers on both domestic and international flights. VivaAerobus grew the most by transporting 21.7 percent more people compared to the same month in 2017. In second place was Volaris with 10.5 percent growth and finally Grupo Aeroméxico with 6.8 percent. In real terms, Grupo Aeroméxico was the most sought-after carrier in May with 1.8 million transported passengers, followed by Volaris with 1.5 million and VivaAerobus with close to 810,000 people transported.

Similarly, several airport groups saw more passengers use their terminals in May. GAP registered a 12.6 percent increase (3.6 million) while 10 percent more (1.6 million) people used OMA’s airports. ASUR’s passenger traffic also grew, albeit a little less, by 4.4 percent. As of June 8, GACM and ASA had not published their operative report.

Moreover, the long-awaited opening of the Mexican aviation fuel market will arrive soon. Mexico’s aviation authority DGAC is expected to repeal the article in the Mexican Airport Law on which ASA built a monopoly in storage and commercialization of Avgas and jet fuel. From December 2018, ASA will be forbidden to sell aviation fuels.

The sky is clear and the strip is available. Here’s your weekly dose of aviation:

Growing Passenger Traffic

Grupo Aeroméxico increased its passenger traffic by 6.8 percent in May. Mexico’s flagship carrier transported 1.8 million passengers last month.

Volaris’ passenger traffic increased 10.5 percent in May. The company flew 1.5 million passengers in that month and a total 7.2 million in the first five months of 2018.

VivaAerobus transported over 800,000 passengers in May and achieved a 21.7-percent year-on-year growth in traffic.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) saw 12.6 percent more passengers pass through its air terminals.

ASA Fire Truck by Luis Pesce

Aeropuertos de OMA registered a 10 percent increase (1.8 million people) in its passenger traffic in May. The airport group reported that 8.4 million passengers have passed through its airports.

ASUR catered for 4.4 percent more passengers (2.7 million passengers) in its Mexico operations on domestic and international flights.

Jet Fuel Market Opens

SCT to publicize the repeal of the article that provided the basis for ASA’s exclusivity to store and commercialize jet fuel in the coming days. Competition in this market and better fuel prices for airlines and passengers are expected.

Shell, Gulf, BP, Vitol and WFS are among the companies that have expressed interest in competing in Mexico’s aviation fuel market. As of December 29, ASA will be banned from the direct commercialization of jet fuel.

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