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When will Mexicana de Aviacion return, what will its routes and prices be?

When will Mexicana de Aviacion return, what will its routes and prices be?

An army soldier accommodates a model of a Mexicana plane during a press conference, at the National Palace, in Mexico City (Mexico).Sashenka Gutierrez (EFE)

The new state airline, Mexicana, is about to take off. An agreement of 815 million pesos (approximately 48 million dollars) with the former employees of the extinct airline Mexicana de Aviacion and a capital injection of 4,000 million pesos to start running, give the banner of the plans of this administration. The Secretary of the Interior, Luisa Maria Alcalde, and the Secretary of National Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, have given the first guidelines for the new airline.

The payment for the acquisition of the brand will be distributed among 7,407 former employees of what was the oldest airline in Mexico. As of August 15, pilots, flight attendants and workers who were still fighting will begin to receive payment from this agreement. At a conference, the workers’ representatives also called for jobs and government cooperation to keep the relationship strong.

After 2005, when Mexicana was privatized by the government of Vicente Fox and acquired by Grupo Posadas, the airline declined and five years later, bankruptcy. After 13 years of conflict, today the morning conference of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador served to close the deal and give the pertinent thanks between the two parties to the deal. The new state airline will be operated by the Secretary of National Defense.

When it starts operations

Mexican Routes

Its main base will be the Felipe Angeles Airport and the secondary will be the unfinished Felipe Carrillo Puerto Airport, which is being built in Tulum, Quintana Roo.

In principle the airline will have 20 routes. These will fly to Cancun, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Campeche, Chetumal, Merida, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Hermosillo, Ciudad Juarez, Villahermosa, Huatulco, Oaxaca, Acapulco, Mazatlan, La Paz and Leon, which will fly from Felipe Angeles Airport.

According to the Secretary of National Defense, it is expected that later there will also be flights to Apodaca, Tulum, Ciudad Ixtepec, Ciudad Victoria, Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad del Carmen, Ciudad Obregon, Loreto, Palenque, Nogales, Puebla, Tamuin, Uruapan, Matamoros, Colima and Guaymas; however, they are not contemplated in the launch plan because the airports need modifications to be able to receive this type of aircraft, which is larger.

Fleet

They will have 10 new generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft with the capacity to transport 180 passengers in a single class. They will be leased and the rent will include their respective crews, all of Mexican nationality. Three will arrive on September 30 and seven on October 30, according to Sandoval.

Prices

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