By Albert Kuan
Aeromexico Announces Third Destination Out of Mexico City‘s New Airport, Reverses Initial Decision
Aeromexico recently announced a new destination out of Mexico City’s Felipe Ángeles Airport this past Friday — less than two weeks since the airport’s inauguration. Beginning May 1, the airline will fly to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico four times weekly from the new international airport.
The new Puerto Vallarta, Mexico service, AM 880, leaves Felipe Ángeles Airport at 12:35 p.m. and arrives in Puerto Vallarta at 2:07 p.m. The return flight, AM 881, departs the city at 2:50 p.m., arriving back in Mexico City at 4:13 p.m. Flights to Puerto Vallarta will be operated on Aeromexico Connect’s Embraer 190.
Aeromexico is the first airline to add flights from the new airport since its opening day on March 21.
With this announcement, the Mexican flag carrier will now serve a total of three destinations and will be all domestic. Flights from Felipe Ángeles Airport to Mérida, Mexico will operate once a week, while flights to Villahermosa, Mexico will operate three times a week. The new flights to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will be the carrier’s third destination.
Aeromexico confirmed it would continue to operate flights to these three destinations from its hub at Mexico City’s Benito Juárez Airport, more commonly referred to as Mexico City International Airport. The addition of complementary services out of AIFA helps the airline increase capacity to popular beach destinations in Mexico in time for the peak summer travel season.
At Mexico City’s Benito Juárez Airport, flights to the three destinations will operate daily. In May, the frequencies for Benito Juárez Airport are as follows: Mérida, Mexico with 67 weekly flights, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with 42 weekly flights and Villahermosa, Mexico with 40 weekly flights. According to Aeromexico, offering these complementary services out of both Felipe Ángeles Airport and Benito Juárez Airport allows the airline to offer up to 223,000 seats each month between Mexico City and these three destinations.
Benito Juárez Airport — the airline’s current, main hub — is within the limits of Mexico City, which makes it far more convenient for many residents of the capital than Felipe Ángeles Airport, which is located about 25 miles away from the city center, in the State of Mexico. Travelers coming from the city center have reported travel times of up to two hours to reach the new airport.
As there is no crew base for Felipe Ángeles Airport, Aeromexico’s pilots and flight attendants operating early morning flights out of the new airport spend the night at the new Holiday Inn on the airport’s grounds, as it is very difficult for them to be at the airport in time to operate a flight.
Benito Juárez Airport still remains the carrier’s main operations center where the airline currently operates more than 80 routes — both domestic and international. Delta — its Skyteam partner and major shareholder — is said to be proposing plans to offer flights between the United States and Felipe Ángeles Airport.
Back in November 2021, several months before the airport’s opening, Aeromexico confirmed it would not operate out of Felipe Ángeles Airport providing the reason that there were no passengers to fly out of the airport when it opens. The airline even said its decision was firm.
Less than two months before the airport’s opening, the airline changed its position at Felipe Ángeles Airport and announced two preliminary destinations out of the new airport, Mérida and Villahermosa.
“We decided to start with these two destinations because we have in Club Premier, which is our loyalty program, information from our customers,” Andrés Conesa, Aeromexico’s Chief Executive Officer, said. “We know where they travel to, where they leave from. We saw that from the area of influence of (Felipe Ángeles Airport), 20 kilometers to the round, these two routes were the most used.”
Conesa even advised his airline is open to the opening of further new routes out of Felipe Ángeles Airport. He explained it depends on the demand that there is in the future.