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2018-01-12   14:58:43   INGLÉS
Interjet to open 37 routes outside the capital airport this year

(News update)

Mexico, Jan. 12 (Notimex).- Interjet announced that during this year it will start 37 new routes, 27 of them national and the rest to international destinations, of which will departures or arrivals will not be at the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM, for its acronym in Spanish).

The director of the airline, José Luis Garza, said that this will result in a growth of between 22 and 25 percent in passengers, and will work to make the airline attractive in the US and Canadian markets in all segments.

In a meeting with media representatives, he mentioned that they will also seek to deepen their alliances with other airlines, and will begin to offer Wi-fi service in two of their aircraft, in the Airbus 321 Neos model, which will be added to the fleet at the end of this month.

In turn, the company's Executive Commercial Director, Julio Gamero, said that the expansion plans will be between pairs of cities in which they currently have operations.

"The idea is to continue deepening our route network, that's the 2018 plan, there are several A321 planes that we will receive that will allow us to increase our capacity, even though the issue of slots (take-off and landing times) is restricted. It is a balanced plan and brings more international growth," he explained.

He said they will seek to grow in Latin America through its alliance with Latam Airlines, where growth in Colombia and Peru are on its radar, as well as with the German Lufthansa.

On the five routes that stopped attending from the capital's airport, he said that only those from Campeche, Aguascalientes and Minatitlan have been retaken.

About the fleet, José Luis Garza mentioned that the firm has an order for 30 Neos airplanes with Airbus that will begin arriving between 2019 and 2023, which will replace part of the current ones, as well as eight more of Superjets that will arrive in 2018 and the next year, with those estimate to reach 90 or 100 aircraft.

"The demand is not going to stop, it is irreversible and growing and that is good news for the economy in general of the country," he argued.

Regarding the Superjet aircraft that are not operating, he specified that there are four that remain on land due to the fact that they are mainly serviced by engines, as well as that an aircraft remains on land as an operational reserve, as they do for the Airbus fleet.

"It is clear that there is bad publicity about this plane, based on the bad experience that caused us problems and that made us sit down with the manufacturer, but it is a plane that has a greater reach than an Embraer," he said.

On December 23, 2016, the Russian aeronautical authority issued an alert in which it requested to inspect several aircraft of this type, so that airlines operating this aircraft had to suspend their operations for a thorough review.

Thus, Interjet suspended operations on 11 units that were restored and put into operation in January 2017.

On this occasion, Garza said that the aforementioned four aircraft will begin operations in the first quarter of the year.

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