93 F
Monday, August 2, 2021

Aeroméxico plan June awakening, but Interjet’s future is in doubt

Recent headlines

New permit allows restaurants in Yucatán to stay open longer

Yucatán's state government has announced that restaurants will now be allowed to remain for one hour longer, until 11 pm.

Will Yucatán’s love for cheese beat out its fear of COVID-19?

Event organizers have been quick to point out that they will be following all sanitary protocols, to protect vendors and patrons from COVID-19. 

Looking to buy ceramics? Look no further than Ticul

When entering the town on the road from the nearby town of Muna, you will notice a string of several shops ceiling ceramic crafts, plates, ornaments, and pots. 
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Passengers heading to Mexico board an Interjet flight in Guadalajara in 2018. Photo: SFGate

Aeroméxico is reopening some international routes and increasing frequency to Asia, Europe, the United States, Canada and some Latin American countries in May and June.

The airline still flies to Merida once daily and has scheduled multiple daily flights starting in June.

Mexico’s second-largest carrier, Volaris, is considerably reducing its May flights. But the low-cost airline was in a good financial position before the pandemic, with a cash balance representing 23% of its 2019 revenues.

The No. 3 carrier, Interjet, remains totally grounded, but plans to resume “many more routes” in June. They downplay speculation that the budget airline might not survive the pandemic, but the closure of airspace in South America means Interjet is taking a bigger hit than Volaris.

The National Health Council declared a national “sanitary emergency” March 30. Although Mexico made the declaration much later than other nations, its airlines still took action weeks before canceling services substantially.

Although airports are still operating, all the hotels in Cancun and Mexico City were ordered shut down. In Merida, the airport and just a dozen out of over 100 hotels are open, mainly serving health workers and government officials.

There is reason to worry about the future of Interjet, which has not disclosed its financial results since the first quarter of the fiscal year 2019. The airline was suspended from the International Air Transport Association “for the reason for the non-payment of a clearance balance.” The federal government said the airline can’t prove it is capable of committing to its obligations.

Since January, Interjet has reduced its fleet from 66 Airbus aircraft to only eight A320s and one A321neo. In mid-April, Mexican tax authorities sealed off the home and assets of Interjet’s owner for failing to pay the airline’s tax debt.

Interjet states it has ample assets to cover its $28.16 million tax debt, but did not commit to resuming the 50 national and international routes it previously offered.

Source: Airline Geeks

More news

A new way of looking at Yucatán’s famed Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá has gone from being thought of as simply one of many Mayan cities to nearly synonymous with Maya civilization itself.

Mérida will replace its airport with a new one, governor confirms

The Mérida International Airport in 2020 was in midst of a huge expansion and renovation. Photo: Sipse Mérida's...

Fundamental Arquitectura and the art of taking it slow

Zaida and Orlando have been creating narrative-heavy spaces in Mérida since 2015. With an important emphasis on public spaces, they have recycled iconic spaces of the city into new forms of living.

Progreso has welcomed its first cruise in over 16 months

Although only approximately 300 passengers disembarked from the ship, local and state authorities hailed the arrival of the Breeze as a victory and sign that Yucatán’s cruising industry is finally beginning to recover.