Domestic markets to recover at a higher pace after COVID

Both the European and American plane manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, have published their 20-years commercial forecasts. According to the world’s leading airframers, domestic markets are recovering at a higher pace than international ones. The reason is straightforward, and it is related to the higher degree of travel restrictions imposed by governments for international travel compared to those related to domestic flights.

According to IATA (2021), the Chinese domestic market is expected to become the world’s largest market over the next couple of decades, meaning that it will surpass the US domestic market for the first time in the history of aviation. However, the Chinese market is just an example of domestic markets giving signs of a solid recovery. The last addition to such a category of markets is the Mexican one.

The Mexican case

Grupo Aeromexico, which owns Aeromexico and Aeromexico connect, carried 1.56 million passengers in November. Such a number is the light at the end of the tunnel for the airline, given that it represents a 69% increase compared to the same month in 2020. However, 1.56 million passengers are still 5% less than those the airline group flew in the same period in 2019. Nonetheless, Grupo Aeromexico has posted a 2% increase in domestic traffic, but a 20% decline in international passenger flows compared to 2020, in line with the forecasts of both Airbus and Boeing.

The Mexican carrier is progressively increasing its capacity to meet the demand, especially the domestic one. Indeed, the group is working its way out of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, which helped Aeromexico increase capacity by 51% year on year. However, the carrier’s capacity last month was still 19% less compared to 2019.

Aeromexico B787 moments before landing @ Anujan Jerad /Travel Radar
Aeromexico B787 moments before landing | ©: Anujan Anton Jerad/Travel Radar

Some fundamental indexes

The airline’s Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs), a fundamental index in the airline industry which informs on the number of seats the airline has sold over a period of time, saw a 103% increase compared to 2020, but still, it was 20% lower than the RPKs registered in November 2019. The airline load factor stood at 82%, showing signs of strong recovery, given that it represents a 15% increase year on year and that it was only 0,2% below the 2019 levels.

Given the great potential of domestic markets, Aeromexico is expected to reopen the Guadalajara to Tijuana route from December 15th, with seven weekly flights.

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Giacomo Amati
Giacomo Amati
Aviation Reporter - Giacomo has been passionate about commercial aviation since his very childhood. Currently, he is pursuing a Master in Air Transport Management at the University of Surrey, UK. His expertise within the industry entails an internship with Emirates Airlines in Milan Malpensa airport and a bachelor's thesis on the financial status of the former Italian national carrier, Alitalia. Besides aviation, Giacomo loves foreign languages, German being his favourite one, and travelling.


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