Grupo Mexicana granted concession for new airline
Communications and Transport Undersecretary Humberto Treviño and Grupo Mexicana CEO Manuel Borja today announced that the group has won a concession to operate a new feeder airline that will complement the routes currently covered by Mexicana and Mexicana Click.
“The company’s decision to bolster its operating infrastructure is part of the restructuring strategy we began implementing three years ago. It comes at a time when productive investment is critical in an industry that requires smart business plans and companies willing to undertake challenges that imply growth. Mexicana believes in Mexico and decisions like these confirm the confidence our company has in the country’s future,” said Grupo Mexicana CEO Manuel Borja.
The new airline will reestablish domestic routes previously operated by low-cost airlines, several of which disappeared from the market in the latter part of 2008, but it will also enable the company to expand and consolidate its domestic passenger and cargo networks, complementing routes that are not currently cost-effective for Mexicana and Mexicana Click.
Aside from the benefits it entails for passengers, the new airline will stimulate the economy, creating more than 500 direct jobs and 1,000 related sources of employment.
“We know the public will prefer our airlines because, aside from offering the best services and infrastructure, we have the interests of Mexico and the Mexican people at heart,” said Manuel Borja.
The new airline will make its debut in the very near future with flights from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta, Torreón, Veracruz, Monterrey, Chihuahua and Ciudad Juárez, among other routes.
Its fleet will be comprised of 13 new generation Bombardier CRJ200s, operated under a pure lease agreement. These modern aircraft can seat up to 50 passengers and are extremely efficient from an operating standpoint, offering excellent competitive advantages in terms of costs, coverage and service.
With the incorporation of these new aircraft Grupo Mexicana will operate a fleet of 103 aircraft, one of the largest and most modern fleets in all of Latin America.