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Introduction to Calafia Airlines
The Calafia Airlines airline codes are: IATA Code: A7 // ICAO Code: CFV
Calafia Airlines began life under the name of Aereo Calafia, becoming the first air taxi to open a base at the international aerodrome of Cabo San Lucas (CSL/MMSL), in the state of Baja California Sur, at the time of its launch in 1992. Since then, besides its name change -in 2015- it has also changed its vocation -in 2014- to operate ‘officially’ as a regional commercial airline, and grew to offer 25 domestic destinations, mainly in north-western Mexico; Calafia currently -Nov. 2019- serves 21 destinations.
Aereo Calafia grew from being an air taxi (1992) to become a regional commercial airline in May, 2014
Initially the company kicked off operations with (2) Cessna aircraft, the C206 and the Cessna Caravan, offering 5 and 14 seats, respectively; then added 13-seat Cessna 208 Caravans and, from the Embraer aircraft range, it added the EMB 120 in 2011, a twin-turboprop commuter airliner offering 30 seats, followed by its first EMB 145 in 2013, with capacity for 50 passengers, its first jet aircraft.
Of Mexico’s total domestic passenger count in 2015, Calafia Airlines transported 0.3%
In September 2015, in interview with the national newspaper El Financiero, Aereo Calafia‘s Commercial Director: Aldo Leyva Montes, said the company would be investing between MXP 300 & 400 mn. (roughly US$ 16-20 mn.) over the following five years, announcing investment in new aircraft: 2 x Embraer 145s in 2016, and one more per year thereafter (though the total number was not stipulated), as well as the construction of two new hangars. Calafia now -Nov. 2019- operates a fleet of 6 aircraft.
Aereo Calafia changed its name to Calafia Airlines in 2015, citing future plans to go international
Calafia Airlines also provides tour packages to the Barrancas del Cobre, or Copper Canyon, a spectacular natural wonder larger even than the Grand Canyon in the USA; during the season (January-March), you can also take a trip to the Sea of Cortez, a unique opportunity to be a first-hand witness to the fascinating calving period of the grey whale, commonly referred to as ‘whalewatching.’
Calafia Airlines Passenger Numbers
Regarding Calafia Airlines passenger numbers, according to DATATUR,* the carrier was placed 9th on the list of Mexico’s Top-Ten passenger airlines in the domestic market in 2015, having transported 96,572 passengers throughout the year and thus registered the exponential growth of 204.5% over its 2014 passenger numbers.
*Passenger statistics source:
DATATUR – National Statistical Information System of Mexico’s Tourism Sector
Calafia airlines registered year-on-year growth of 204.5% in 2015
Throughout 2016 -again according to DATATUR- this carrier’s passenger count increased to 204,767 meaning it more than doubled its 2015 figure and -in 2017- the total reached 270,118 to translate to a year-on-year increase of 31.9% over 2016; the aforementioned numbers reflect the larger aircraft used by this regional carrier, over the last couple of years it has incorporated Embraer aircraft into its fleet.
Calafia Airlines doubled its domestic market participation* from 0.3% in 2015 to reach 0.6% in 2017
Throughout 2018, Calafia Airlines increased its annual passenger numbers to 310,163** and continued its positive trend, thus meaning the company -in just four years- more than tripled its 2014 passenger total of 96,572. The company’s top monthly passenger figure in 2018 was 32,903** in July.
Calafia Airlines surpassed the 300,000 threshold in its annual passenger headcount for 2018 to register 310,163 passengers transported
All the aforementioned passengers were transported within the Mexican Republic, as this regional carrier still hasn’t ventured into international airspace as yet, though there has been mention of flights to the Caribbean.
**Passenger statistics source:
Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC – General Directorate of Civil Aviation)
Calafia Airlines Bases
The Cabo San Lucas International Airport (CSL) – in the State of Baja California Sur
The La Paz International Airport (LAP) – in the State of Baja California Sur
Calafia Airlines Fleet
Aereo Calafia Fleet: Average Age 20 years with 5 aircraft @ June 2019
The above average fleet age (and number) was released by Mexico’s DGAC (General Directorate of Civil Aviation).
2 x Embraer EMB 120* – 30 passengers (8 with extra legroom)
4 x Embraer ERJ 145* – 50 passengers (8 with extra legroom)
*Planespotters.net provided the above Calafia Airlines fleet data (excluding the passenger numbers). To see more details of the Calafia Airlines fleet, please visit this external link to Planespotters.net (Consulted on Nov. 20, 2019).
Calafia Airlines Destinations – Dec. 2019
Aereo Calafia destinations in Mexico:
SANTA ROSALIA (SRL) – TIJUANA (TIJ)
*León Del Bajio International Airport (BJX) serves Leon and -the state capital- Guanajuato
Calafia Airlines Contact Info
Calle Adolfo López Mateos
Mza. 02, Lote 11, C.P.23469,
Cabo San Lucas,
Baja California Sur,
T. (Mexico freephone) 01-800-560-3949
T. (United States) (213)-928-5692
to visit Calafia Airlines’ official Web page