Aeromexico Continues to Strive in 2012

From new flights to a codeshare agreement with Taca and Avianca airlines to impressive increases in business for both February and March, Aeromexico continues to make the best out of 2012.

Last week, the airline announced the inauguration of new service, connecting the capital of Washington, D.C. and Mexico City.

This new route, beginning on May 21, has been the result of collaboration between Aeromexico and representatives from Dulles International Airport to meet the growing demand between the two capital cities of neighboring countries as well as efforts from the Mexican Embassy, based in Washington D.C.

Flights from Washington, D.C. depart at 7 a.m. daily and arrive in Mexico City at 10:45 a.m. Departing flights leave Mexico City at 8:35 p.m. daily and arrive in Washington, D.C. at 1:55 a.m.

Perhaps the carrier's biggest news, however, came earlier in the year when Avianca and Taca, companies controlled by AviancaTaca Holding SA, announced Tuesday the signing of a commercial agreement with Aeromexico.

With this agreement, the companies start a new stage in their relationship, allowing them to offer passengers a greater choice of services, more flight frequencies and a greater number of travel options in the region.

The representatives of the airlines will now work on a shared timetable to establish the mechanisms for the development of a codeshare agreement that will be implemented in stages. Both companies will also explore options to further strengthen their alliance with cooperation between their frequent flyer programs.

The codeshare operation between Avianca and Aeromexico is expected to benefit the Colombia-Mexico markets. The codeshare agreement between Taca and Aeromexico will be rolled out during the second half of the year and will include routes in the Central/South America-Mexico markets.

Aeromexico transported 1,097,000 thousand passengers in February, an 11-percent, year-on-year increase compared to 2011.

The numbers were a result of a 15-percent increase in international passenger traffic and a 10-percent increase in domestic passenger traffic.

During the first two months of the year, the number of passengers reached 2,300,000, which is 11 percent more than in the same months in 2011, with a 19-percent increase in international passenger traffic and an 8-percent increase in domestic passenger traffic.

Aeromexico transported 1, 259,000 passengers in March, a nine-percent increase compared to March 2011.

According to Aeromexico representatives, the increase was a result of a 10-percent increase in international passenger traffic and a nine-percent increase in domestic passenger traffic.

The total number of passengers reached 3,559,000 in the first quarter of 2012, a 10-percent, year-on- year increase, with a 16-percent increase in international passenger traffic and an eight-percent increase in domestic passenger traffic.

Aeromexico's capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometers (ASK's), increased six percent year-on-year in March, and demand, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK's), grew seven percent. As a result, the load factor for the month increased 0.5 percentage points, to reach a total of 77.9 percent.

In the first quarter of the year, ASKs increased seven percent and the RPKs increased nine percent. Therefore, the load factor increased 1.4 percentage points, reaching 76.9 percent.