There is no doubt that for airlines throughout the world, the pandemic crisis took a particularly high toll. Mexican airlines have not been the exception.
With closures at various airports around the world and with travelers still reluctant to take routes that involve traveling millions of kilometers, the situation has been complex and with a view to recovering particularly slowly.
Although the scenario is one of generalized losses, the truth is that the data is even more overwhelming when it is read by each brand.
Official data, reported by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, indicate, for example, that in the first half of last year, Grupo Aeroméxico lost more than 50 percent of passengers if purchased with what was registered during 2019. A similar case is read for Interjet and Magnicharters.
For other brands such as Volaris, Viva Aerobus or Aeromar, although the loss is evident, the number of registered passengers reported a decrease but more measured.
In this sense, we speak that the brands that best coped with this context of brake in the value chain were, for the most part, those known as low-cost.
The truth is that this aspect was not a norm either. In fact, cases such as Interjet make it clear that one of the great effects of the pandemic was to increase the problems that airlines had already been dragging.
The truth is that you are lost not only felt in the number of passengers received or the flights made. Mexican airlines lost airplanes, with the result that the corporate fleet has been reduced significantly in less than a year.
According to statistics provided by the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT), during the past year, the fleet of Mexican airlines fell 22 percent, going from 355 in 2019 to only 275 aircraft.
According to the aforementioned agency, this is the lowest number of aircraft reported by national companies during the last 8 years.
To a large extent, this fall responds to the poor performance of Interjet, a firm that closed 2020 with a fleet of just 6 aircraft, a figure very far from the 69 rebounds at the end of 2019.
Along the same lines, Grupo Aeroméxico closed last year with a total of 102 aircraft, of which 58 fly under the Aeroméxico brand and 44 under Connect.
These figures represented a fall of 36 aircraft, if we consider that during 2019, the indicator points to 138 aircraft.
Although the crisis is generalized, the truth is that while some firms lost aircraft, others found during the past year the right moment to increase their fleets.
For example, Volaris closed last year with 85 aircraft, an increase of 6 aircraft after reporting 79 units during 2019.
In the same way, Viiva Aerobus closed 2020 with 43 aircraft, an increase of 6 units compared to the 37 registered with the SCT in 2019.
For its part, Aeromar ended 2020 with 8 aircraft, Magnicharters with 7 and TAR, also with 7 aircraft.
At this point, it is important to mention that during the 2020 complex, national airlines recorded a 52.8 percent drop in the number of passengers transported, going from 102.5 million in 2019 to 48.4 million; while flights decreased 44.9 percent from 875,800 thousand to 482,800 flights.