Airlines will join Saint Lucia based on the business model: IATA

Merida, Yuc. Cuitláhuac Gutiérrez, country manager of the International Air Transport Association (IATA-Mexico), assured that the business model and the vocation adopted by the Santa Lucía Airport will determine which airlines decide to land in that new terminal.

The national companies that have already announced that they will land there (Volaris, Vivas Aerobus) have done so based on the potential market niche they intend to attack, he said, although in the case of international companies the decision will depend on other factors such as the land connectivity of the terminal, in addition to serving a different type of passenger.

“To the national airlines that have announced this, it is a market that has a potential opportunity in a particular market, such as Volaris that have announced and the same Viva Aerobus. Much depends on the niche that you want to attack and the potential market around the airport ”, he commented at the end of the Connectivity and Aviation Challenges conference, which was part of the Tianguis Turístico de Mérida 2021 program.

In this sense, IATA-Mexico is collaborating with the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) in the redesign of the airspace of the Valley of Mexico, with the intention of ensuring the viability of operations of the member airlines of that organization.

“We are working with them. Our commitment continues to ensure the necessary conditions so that there are possibilities to maintain efficient and safe operations,” he added.

He recalled that in the facts, the redesign of the airspace of the Valley of Mexico is already implemented and it only remains for the Felipe Ángeles Airport to enter into operations to initiate phase 2 of the process, which implies the simultaneous operation of the International Airport of the City of Mexico, Toluca and Santa Lucía.


The country manager of IATA Mexico also spoke about the possibility of Mexico recovering Category 1 in aeronautical safety in the short term due to the collaborative efforts that the airlines themselves and the federal government are deploying for that purpose.

In May of this year, the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States downgraded Mexico to category 2 due to a series of breaches of international regulations, which has resulted in Mexican airlines being able to open new routes to the United States.

Cuitláhuac Gutiérrez commented that in the national air market there is room for the Welfare Airline that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador intends to launch, regardless of whether the operator is the government or a private company.

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