Days after the Aeroméxico AM2431 flight between Durango and Mexico City crash landed close to Durango’s airport on July 31, DGAC’s commission to investigate the causes of the aviation accident has finished the fieldwork at the crash site. The commission has removed the remnants of the wrecked Embraer ERJ190 to further investigate them. There were no fatalities among the more than 100 people onboard.
Aeroméxico remains ahead in the aviation market with almost 2.1 million passengers, followed by Volaris with 1.7 million and VivaAerobus with 993,432 in July. Several airlines also announced new routes this week. While the accident shook all of Mexico, the industry may weather this accident provided all national carriers keep the passenger traffic growth rate they reached in July.
AM2431: CLEARING THE DEBRIS
On Monday, the preliminary fieldwork at the crash site of AM2431 was concluded. DGAC continues removing the remains of the aircraft for inspection. Six of the people who were onboard the aircraft remained hospitalized that day.
Several US passengers onboard AM2431 sue Aeroméxico for the accident in a Chicago court.
Less than a week after the incident, a Dassault Falcon 20 cargo aircraft that transported auto parts crash landed in a cornfield near San Luis Potosi. One of the pilots suffered minor injuries but there were no fatal casualties.
MEXICO’S AVIATION THRUST
Aeroméxico set a new internal passenger traffic record in July, 2018. Close to 2.1 million passengers flew with Mexico’s flagship carrier in that month and grew 6.5 percent compared to the same month of 2017.
Volaris transported almost 1.7 million passengers in July and increased its traffic by 10 percent compared to the same month of 2017.
VivaAerobus increased its passenger traffic by 17.2 percent in July to a total of 993,432 passengers.
NEW ROUTES, BROADER NETWORKS
Volaris also announced new domestic destinations from AICM. The carrier will connect Aguascalientes, Tepic, Colima, Cozumel and the Bajio region with Mexico City.
Interjet and Japan Airlines join forces to strengthen their route offering. Passengers flying from anywhere in Japan will have direct access to Interjet’s network.
Southwest Cargo starts its first international shipping program between the US and Mexico City. The cargo airline also inaugurated shipping routes to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.
AVOIDING AEROSPACE TURBULENCE
Brazilian government suggest Embraer postpone its merger with Boeing until after the country’s elections.
The EU asked WTO to verify the measures it has taken against subsidies for European planemaker Airbus to prevent the company from being sanctioned by the US government.
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