President Andrés Manuel López Obrador explained the reasons for the delay in the ‘takeoff’ of Mexican Aviationthe airline promoted by its Government, during the ‘morning’ of this November 21.
When Luis Cresencio Sandoval, Secretary of National Defensepresented the airline project, assured that it would begin operating this year.
“The company is contributing to the generation of jobs in our country, having already created 209 direct jobs for its operation in this first stage and reach a total of 745 people at the moment it is starting operations,” he explained in President López Obrador’s conference on August 10.
However, this Tuesday President López Obrador admitted that the date of December 2 will not be fulfilled… although he maintained that Mexicana de Aviación will begin operations in 2023.
Why did Mexicana de Aviación delay its start date of operations?
“We have already made progress, but we want to have the largest number of aircraft. Everything is resolved: We have the budget; authorization from the aviation authorities, and aircraft are being acquired with Boeing consultingbut it is not easy to have them all,” he argued in the ‘morning’.
The Government’s plan contemplated the leasing of 10 Boeing 737-800 aircraft that were to be delivered between September and October. However, the lack of aircraft in the market complicated the plans of Mexicana de Aviación, which will begin operations flying to only 9 of the 20 destinations initially announced.
The president said that with the information that has been shared with him, the first Mexicana de Aviación flight will take off next Tuesday, December 26.
“We have nothing to hide. Sometimes we are careful about giving exact dates because, imagine that date cannot be met? ”She added.
The Government of Mexico closed the purchase of the Mexicana de Aviación brand in an agreement valued at 816 million pesos. Within the package of goods that the government purchased are the 14 subsidiary brands of Mexicana de Aviación, as well as two airline facility buildings.
To which destinations will Mexicana de Aviación fly?
The Government announced a group of 20 routes that included beach destinations such as Acapulco and Cancún, and even opened a registration process to purchase tickets.
However, it was in the middle of this month that Mexicana de Aviación reported that it will begin operations only on nine routes:
- Vallarta Port
- Beautiful villa
- Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
Passengers will receive an email where they can conclude the reservation and payment process starting next November 25the airline explained on its website.
The destinations canceled so far by Mexicana de Aviación are: Bajío, Ciudad Juárez, Campeche, Chetumal, Cancún, Cozumel, Hermosillo, La Paz, Mérida, San José del Cabo and Tijuana.
With information from Aldo Munguía