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International growth of Aeromexico is being driven by the thriving Mexico-Europe market

European flights from Mexico are appealing

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Aeromexico is resuming flights to Tokyo while also increasing its transatlantic routes.

Aeromexico has recently started a new route from Mexico City (MEX) to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and reinstated its flights to Tokyo Narita (NRT) as part of its increased international operations, with a particularly strong schedule planned for summer on routes heading towards Europe.

At the Routes Americas 2023 conference in Chicago last week, Aeromexico Airport Affairs Director Abelardo Muñoz Martín mentioned during a fireside chat that “Europe is a very popular destination at the moment,” with a significant number of Mexicans interested in traveling to Europe, and many Europeans keen on visiting Mexico.

According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the Mexico City-Rome route is currently being serviced by a Boeing 787 aircraft four times per week, but this frequency will rise to five times per week starting June 1st, and eventually to daily flights by the end of the month.

Aeromexico’s capacity to Europe during the summer of 2023 is expected to increase by over 20% compared to 2022, with 54 Mexico-Europe flights per week operated by the carrier by June, marking a new record for the airline.

Martín expressed optimism for the Rome route, stating that there is already a high demand for the service, and the airline has set its expectations accordingly.

Historically, the Mexico-Spain market has been a strong area of focus for Aeromexico. The airline recently announced its plans to increase flight frequencies from Guadalajara (GDL) and Monterrey (MTY) to Madrid (MAD) from three times per week to five times per week, with the intention of further increasing these frequencies to daily flights starting June 1st.

By June, the airline is expected to operate a total of 28 weekly flights between Mexico and Spain, which accounts for over half of its weekly flights to Europe. According to Martín, the GDL-MAD and MTY-MAD routes have been performing well for the airline.

Martín stated that although European flights are appealing, the airline is exercising caution regarding long-haul South American capacity. He explained that the economic situation in Argentina is increasingly difficult, and Brazil has recently implemented a tourist visa requirement for Mexican travelers, which has led to the airline taking a more conservative approach towards these regions.

Martín also mentioned that for the time being, it is not “optimum” to operate more than one daily flight from MEX to either Argentina or Brazil.

Regarding the Tokyo Narita route, which was suspended for three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline is currently operating daily flights using a 787 aircraft.


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