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Aeromexico Will Restart Cuba Flights In October

After more than a two-year hiatus, Aeromexico will resume its daily operations between Mexico City (MEX) and Havana, Cuba. The route, suspended on March 29, 2020, will resume on October 30.

Aeromexico Returns to Cuba

March 2020 was a challenging month. The COVID-19 virus had spread to almost the entire world and was considered a global pandemic. Little was known about this new virus, and most of the world shut down. Airlines canceled operations, parked aircraft, and furloughed employees without any idea when things would return to “normal.” Aeromexico cut its MEX-HAV route, its busiest route between Mexico City and the Caribbean, on March 29, 2020.

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Aeromexico Connect will operate flights from MEX to HAV. Photo: Vincenzo Pace/Simple Flying

Thirty-one months after cutting its operations to Havana, Aeromexico will resume flights from the Mexican capital to the Cuban capital. Aeromexico’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales said,

“Aeromexico is proud to reconnect our travelers with the beauty, history, culture and gastronomic richness of Havana, after a pause due to the COVID-19 contingency. We will continue to foster partnerships with the Cuban capital to increase the flow of visitors to the island.”

Tickets for the route will go on sale this weekend. By resuming the HAV route, Aeromexico increases its operations in the Caribbean. Aeromexico Connect operates flights to Santo Domingo on its Embraer E190 aircraft. The airline will now offer over 15,000 seats per month in the Caribbean. Aeromexico will be the third Mexican airline to operate flights between Mexico and Cuba, competing with Aeromar and Viva Aerobus.

Aeromexico Finances

Aeromexico recently announced its financial results for the first half of 2022. During the year’s first half, the airline posted a $198 million net loss. This loss is due to the ongoing impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, economic uncertainty, rise in operating expenses, and its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding. Grupo Aeromexico had total revenue of about $1.5 billion during the first half of 2022 and has restored its revenue to pre-pandemic numbers.

Aeromexico’s fleet is larger than it has ever been. Photo: Daniel Martínez Garbuno | Simple Flying.

Although Aeromexico’s revenue is back to pre-pandemic levels, the airline still posted a significant loss during the first semester. Market conditions were a significant challenge worldwide. The average fuel cost per liter increased 109% from 2021, and Mexico faced annual inflation of 7.99% as of June.

As a whole, the Mexican aviation industry has been recovering rapidly from the pandemic, with the three major Mexican airlines surpassing 2019 passenger levels during June. During June, Aeromexico carried almost two million passengers, an increase of 11% compared to 2019. Aeromexico’s passenger numbers for the first half of 2022 were at 94% of its 2019 levels due to a slow start at the beginning of 2022. Aeromexico will likely close out the year with a full recovery and may even see some growth in passenger numbers.

Click here to read our in-depth coverage of Aeromexico’s first-semester financial results.

In March, Aeromexico emerged from Chapter 11 after operating in a financial restructuring process for about 20 months. Since March, the airline has launched several routes and received new aircraft, and now has the largest fleet in Aeromexico history.

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