Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico’s new state-owned airline Mexicana de Aviación will begin operations on December 26. During his Wednesday morning press conference, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the new public airline will start operating in late December to meet Mexico’s high travel demand.
“(…) in the days before Christmas there is a lot of traffic. They spend Christmas here with the family and the next day people from the capital (Mexico City) begin to leave, usually to see their relatives in other states and spending New Years abroad,” he explained.
During the morning press conference, he pointed out that the Government of Mexico, through the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), is making progress in the purchase and rental of aircraft from a guaranteed budget.
“We are getting the planes. We have already made progress, but we want to have the greatest number of airplanes. Everything is already resolved. We have the budget, the authorization from the aviation authorities and airplanes are being acquired, airplanes are rented.
“We have Boeing’s advice for this purpose, but it is not easy (…) we are already making progress,” he said.
Mexicana de Aviación, the new public airline, will be managed by the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) and will begin operations on Tuesday, December 26 due to the high demand for flights during the holiday season.
In August, the Government of Mexico announced the new airline, which began selling tickets in September at rates 18 to 20 percent lower than other airlines. The price reduction is due to the use of public infrastructure that the Government of Mexico has consolidated, such as the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), which will be the main base of the new airline.
The upcoming Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport of Tulum will serve as a secondary base for the new Mexicana de Aviación airline.