Mexico’s Commercial (Passenger) Airlines

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Check out our alphabetical list of the Mexican Republic’s commercial passenger airlines offering scheduled/charter services, with links to our introduction on each one … including the carrier’s trajectory, bases, fleet and … possibly of most importance to you … details on their destination portfolios. The fleet and passenger statistics provided on this page were published by Mexico’s General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC – Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil).

aeromar-the-top-regional-airline-in-mexico

Aeromar, founded in 1987, has operated its main base out of Mexico City (MEX) since 1988 and is currently Mexico’s top regional airline, having transported 722,403 passengers in 2018 on its fleet of ATR aircraft. Aeromar also offers private charter services in partnership with Marcos Aerolìneas.

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aeromexico-the-mexican-flagship-carrier-in-south-korea

Aeroméxico is Mexico’s flagship carrier and a founding member of the SkyTeam Alliance. In 2018 -as usual- this carrier was by far the most international of all Mexico’s airlines and the 4th most important in Latin America, with almost 22 mn passengers. It is the only Mexican airline with services to Europe and Asia.

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aeromexico-connect-the-regional-affiliate-of aeromexico

Aeroméxico Connect is the regional ‘feeder’ affiliate of Mexico’s flagship carrier and also a SkyTeam member. In 2018, it registered over 9.5 mn passengers for the first time, of which 1.25 mn were transported by this carrier to the USA and Central America on its fleet of Embraer aircraft.

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To give you a quick introduction to the commercial passenger sector in Mexico, at the close of 2018 there were a total of 363 aircraft operated by the country’s scheduled/charter airlines, an increase of 90 since 2010; as regards the age of the Republic’s passenger fleet, the average aircraft age decreased from 18.2 years in 2010 to 8.2 years in 2018. See below for the individual airline fleet statistics.

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Calafia Airlines hit the skies as an air taxi in 1992, but since May, 2014 it has ‘officially’ operated as a regional carrier, posting a total of over 300,000 passengers in 2018, all domestic. It currently serves 26 destinations with a fleet of 5 x Embraer aircraft.

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interjet-is-a-mexican-low-cost-carrieror

Interjet is a Mexican Low Cost Carrier (LCC), founded in 2005. It operates a fleet of Airbus A320-family aircraft, as well as some Sukhoi Superjet 100s, together transporting over 13.5 mn passengers in 2018. Its main base -since 1988- is the Mexico City Benito Juárez Airport.

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In 2018, the top three individual airlines with the largest fleets were Interjet: 75 aircraft, followed closely by Volaris: 74 and the Grupo Aeroméxico airlines Aeroméxico with 71 and -in fourth place- its affiliate Aeroméxico Connect had 60 aircraft, meaning Grupo Aeroméxico carriers combined had a fleet of 131 aircraft. Then came VivaAerobus: 31; the regional carriers Aeromar: 12 and TAR Aerolíneas: 11, followed by Magnicharters: 10, and the smaller regional carriers: Mayair had 8 and Calafia Airlines operated 5 aircraft.

magnicharters-is-the-most-popular-charter-airline-in-mexicocuba

Magnicharters is a Mexican charter company, founded in 1984. Although the company primarily offers all-inclusive package deals, it also commercializes flight only options using its fleet of Boeing 737 family aircraft from its main base at the Mexico City Benito Juárez Airport.

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mayair-is-a-regional-airline-of-mexico

MAYAir is a Mexican regional carrier that launched operations in 1994 as a charter company, then added scheduled shuttle services between its original base at Cancun (CUN) and the island of Cozumel in 2009. Nowadays, it operates as a regional carrier from its new base at Mèrida (MID).

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As for the number of available air routes in Mexico, as part of his speech on “Connectivity and Infrastructure,” at the First Ordinary Session of Mexico’s Tourism Cabinet in 2019 -held in February- Rodrigo Vásquez Colmenares, the head of the Mexican General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC), announced that between Dec. 2012 and Dec. 2018., Mexico authorized 1,285 new routes, of which 578 were in the domestic segment and 707 were international.

tar-aerolineas-is-a-regional-airline-of-mexico

TAR Aerolìneas is a Mexican regional carrier based at Querètaro (QRO) that launched services in 2014 -making it the most recent airline addition in Mexico- with a fleet of Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft; last year this carrier transported over 600,000 passengers in the country’s domestic niche.

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vivaaerobus-is-a-mexican-ultra-low-cost-airline

VivaAerobus is a Mexican Ultra Low Cost Carrier (ULCC) that launched services in Nov. 2007 with a fleet of Boeing aircraft, later switching to a fleet of Airbus A320-family aircraft. This carrier also operates charter services for some US travel agancies; in 2018, it transported over 10 mn passengers for the first time.

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Volaris is an Ultra Low Cost Carrier (ULCC) founded in 2005 and launched operations in 2006. It operates a fleet of Airbus A319/320-family aircraft and was the top domestic carrier in 2018, having transported over 14 mn passengers within the Republic; its main base is the Tijuana International Airport (TIJ).

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Finally, the number of passengers transported by the Mexican carriers in 2018 was as follows: the top three in the domestic sector were: #1 – Volaris, which posted a total of 14.8 million passengers, followed by #2 – Aeroméxico, which transported 13.8 mn passengers and at #3 – Interjet with 10.1 million. In the international arena, as usual at #1 – Aeroméxico with 8 mn cross-border passengers, at #2 was Interjet which filled 3.7 mn seats on international routes, and at #3 was Volaris with 3.5 mn travellers transported on its international services.

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