What’s going on?
Aeromexico’s Chief Executive Andres Conesa stated that the third quarter has been one of the most challenging quarters for the Mexican industry since 2008. This comes in effect to the high-rise of fuel prices, the overcapacity in the US-Mexico transborder market, depreciation of the Peso (the Mexican currency), and inflation.
Profits and revenue have been dropping significantly during the third quarter. The airline would have to make important decisions and fast.
In response to this financial hardship, Aeromexico is either cutting or suspending a total of 9 routes in 2019.
The routes Aeromexico will be ending are below:
- MMMX-KBOS (Mexico City to Boston)
- MMMX-KPDX (Mexico City to Portland, Oregon)
- MMMX-KIAD (Mexico City to Washington Dulles) sorry @anon57683537
- MMGL-MMUN (Guadalajara to Cancun)
The routes Aeromexico will be suspending are below:
- MMMY-KLAS (Monterrey to Las Vegas) which I’m pretty sure is already in effect
- MMGL-KSJC (Guadalajara to San Jose, California) which I’m really sad about :(
- MMMY-MMTJ (Monterrey to Tijuana)
- MMMY-MMMD (Monterrey to Merida)
- MMMY-MMVR (Monterrey to Veracruz)
In addition to the routes ending temporarily or permanently, Aeromexico will also retire some of its aircraft.
It will retire 5 of its aircraft:
- 3 Embraer 170s
- 2 Boeing 738s
It is not immediately clear of when in 2019 these changes will take place. All we know is that they will be ending or suspending these routes and 2 of their B738s and 3 of their E170s will be retired. Maybe they might change their mind XD (not speculating)(just a joke)(but a hope they do)
After Aeromexico’s departure from KBOS, the only way you can fly to MMMX from KBOS is through the use of JetBlue, once it begins service in late October 2018.
With Aeromexico’s departure from KPDX, Portland will lose its only nonstop service to Mexico City.
After Aeromexico’s departure from KIAD, the only you can fly nonstop to Mexico City from Dulles is through United Airlines. At least you still have the nonstop route, @anon57683537.
Even though Aeromexico is ending this route, you can still fly from Guadalajara to Cancun on Interjet, Volaris, and Viva Aerobus.
After Aeromexico suspends this route, the only way you can fly to Las Vegas from Monterrey is through Interjet.
Aeromexico will suspend San Jose to Guadalajara. I wonder if it will still continue its summer seasoning service between San Jose and Mexico City. Even though Aeromexico is suspending this route, you can still fly to Guadalajara from San Jose using Alaska Airlines or Volaris. Aeromexico will still continue service to and from KSFO!!! TRIGGERED DANG IT KSFO!!!
When Aeromexico suspends this route, you can still go from Monterrey to Tijuana with Volaris or Viva Aerobus.
With Aeromexico suspending this route, you can still fly from Monterrey to Merida with Volaris or Viva Aerobus.
After Aeromexico suspends this route, the only one you can fly from Monterrey to Veracruz nonstop is through Viva Aerobus.
What do I think of this?
With Aeromexico’s financial distress because of rising fuel prices, inflation, and depreciation of the peso, I think it is pretty smart for them to end or suspend these low demand routes. Although it is sad to see routes getting eliminated, it’s probably for the best. For example, at KSJC, the only year-round service with Aeromexico is to Guadalajara (MMGL). KSJC-MMGL is also served by Volaris and Alaska. That means, Aeromexico gets competition from two other airlines on the only route they fly from KSJC. Although it is sad to see them depart KSJC, one can only hope they keep their seasonal service to MMMX (Mexico City) from KSJC.