AeroMexico Says “We Are Here To Stay!”

with Nina Slawek

Claudia Gonzalez, Regional Sales Director welcomes guests to AM's launch party flanked by Oscar Mejia, V.P. Sales North America & Jorge Goytortua Bores, Sr. V. P. Global Sales

Consul General for Mexico Mauricio Toussaint

l-r: Kathryn Mazza-Burney Executive V.P. Sales & Service, Travelsavers; David Pierce, Collacutt Travel & Jill Dickie, Director, New Business Development Canada, Travelsavers

Craig Bradbrook, V.P, Aviation Services for Toronto Pearson Airport welcomed AM back to YYZ with a special presentation to Anko van der Werff

With the re-launch of their YYZ-MEX daily non-stops this week, AeroMexico Chief Revenue Officer, Anko van der Werff, declared they are “open for business". That news was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd of industry partners at their Distillery District launch party held the following day to coincide with Cinquo de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo festivities, celebrate Mexico's defeat of encroaching Napoleonic troops in 1862. So, after a 5 year hiatus from this market, Mexico's Consul General, Mauricio Toussaint, joked that although he bears a French name, “both occasions are well worth celebrating!"

It's clear from the emphasis being placed on trade between our 2 countries, NAFTA expansion and the growth of the auto sector, Aero Mexico is counting on high yield business traffic to help bolster its daily service. “70% of trade with Canada is in and out of Ontario. To us, in Mexico, we practically consider the province as one country." But AM is also looking to its MEX hub as the ideal opportunity for connecting traffic to and from other Latin American destinations. In particular, Sao Palo is a very popular destination for Canadian and Brazilian business people to and from both eastern and western Canada. AM will also inaugurate the YVR-MEX route with daily flights beginning in December.

The relaxation of Canada's position on visa requirements for Mexicans in 2016 is considered an additional boost for traffic. “More Mexicans will be travelling to Canada and continue to expand the business sector – not to mention the upcoming Pan American games."

AM's Anko says the momentum is already there. “Yesterday's return flight to Mexico city was overbooked. Which is a great sign of the confidence in our return."

I asked him why the carrier left 5 years ago. “It was a combination of things. Firstly, SARS. Secondly, the general financial slow down. And thirdly, the visa restrictions imposed by the government. But we are now in a position of strength for many reasons - not the least of which is that over the last 6 months, we have made the biggest investment of any Mexican airline with the purchase of 100 Boeings, including 10 Dreamliners."

To complement Toronto service, AM is finalizing a code share with WestJet for feeder traffic across the country. “WestJet has been extremely cooperative and in about 2 to 3 weeks, the system will be in place."

And what about beaches? Anko says they are a B&B airline - business and beaches. Over 650,000 Ontarians escaped the Canadian cold for Mexico's beaches this past year, and the carrier hopes to divert some of the sun seekers to its wings.

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