The Dorian hurricane was as serious as a heart attack for aviation in southeastern US. Several airports in Florida and Bahamas closed, which resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights. American Airlines, United Airlines, Interjet and Aeroméxico are only a few of the companies that had to cancel or reschedule flights. Mexican carriers have not applied extra charges to reschedule flights.
Emirates will connect Mexico City with Dubai via Barcelona. Despite complaints from Aeroméxico, AICM has assigned slots for the airline. Additionally, Interjet denied Bloomberg’s allegations that stated the airline was in technical bankruptcy. The airline added that only judges can declare bankruptcy of a company. Meanwhile, Volaris and Viva Aerobus continue to increase their passenger traffic in double-digit rates. SENEAM will offer over 500 training courses to train the air controllers that Mexico needs. According to the organization, the country requires 300 air controllers to meet its needs.
In terms of airports, Sacyr-Eppcor has been awarded the tender to expand Terminal 2 of AICM. The consortium presented one of the least expensive project proposals and was awarded contracts worth MX$430.9 million (US$22.1 million). Additionally, the Cancun airport saw diminishing passenger traffic figures over the past two months.
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Challenges and Opportunities in the Air
Volaris is close to transporting 15 million passengers in 2019. This will represent a 20.8 percent increase in passenger traffic compared to 2018.
Viva Aerobus has also increased its passenger traffic. Between January and August 2019, the company transported 19.74 percent more passengers than in the same period of 2018.
Airlines have some unfinished business with the Boeing 737MAX. American Airlines, United, Southwest and Air Canada are some of the carriers that will stop operating this plane in December and January.
Interjet denies being at risk of “technical bankruptcy” as Bloomberg reported. The airline added that banckruptcies can only be declared by judges.
Developing Mexico’s Airport Infrastructure
The Cancun airport has seen contractions in its passenger traffic for two months in a row. The number of passengers handled by the airport dropped by 2.8 percent and 1.3 percent in July and August, respectively.
Sacyr-Eppcor won the tender to expand Terminal 2 of AICM. The consortium’s proposal had AICM’s curiosity for being one of the most inexpensive ones. Sacyr-Eppcor now has AICM’s attention and has been awarded a contract of MX$430.9 million (US$22.1 million).
SENEAM aims to add 300 air controllers to meet Mexico’s demands. The association is implementing around 500 training courses to strengthen its personnel.
AICM assigned slots for Emirates. Once in Mexican territory, Emirates will connect Dubai with Mexico City via Barcelona.
Dorian Takes a Toll
American Airlines cancelled 375 flights because of Dorian. Seven airports in Florida and the Bahamas are among the most affected.
Interjet has cancelled several flights as well. The carrier offered affected passengers the option to change flights without extra charges.