The airline will increase the offer of seats from the capital of Ecuador to Mexico City by 45%. The announcement was made at the 11th edition of Routes Americas that concludes today. During the second day of the Routes Americas, which takes place in Quito, Aeromexico reported that they will increase the weekly frequencies for the route Quito – Mexico City from seven to ten. Arik De, deputy director of Strategy and Planning of Aeromexico, said that the new flights will operate from next April 13.
In 2017, the company registered a growth of 20% in relation to 2016, and with the new frequencies, the airline’s seat offer will increase by 45%. “This will not only bring Ecuador closer to Mexico, but also to Canada and the western United States. It will be the fastest way to go to Asia as it is the only Latin American airline that flies to that destination. (You can go) to Korea, China, Japan, among others without stopping in another country, “said Arik De.
“I am confident that we will bring more people from Asia, western Canada, the United States and Mexico. And it is an opportunity for Ecuadorians to get to know Mexico, “said the businessman. Routes Americas takes place at the Quito Exhibition Center from February 13 until today.
The objective of this annual event is to plan and negotiate new air services in North America, South America and the Caribbean. On this occasion, 650 delegates from 72 airlines and airports from all over the continent attended.
Among the main airlines present are American Airlines, International Airlines Group (IAG), Aeromexico, Air Canada, Latam, Tame and JetSmart. Andrew O’Brian, president of Quiport Corporation, said that events such as the Routes Americas open the doors to approaches and future negotiations such as the one announced yesterday with Aeromexico.
The Quiport representative indicated that between Tuesday and yesterday they have dialogued with 26 airlines, between existing and new customers. He said that a major Latin American low-cost airline has shown interest in flying from Quito.The government policy of ‘Open Skies’ was also promoted among the attendees. “Send very positive messages that indicate that Ecuador is open for business,
reducing the procedures (for the entry of new companies),” said O’Brian. On this last point, Álvaro Maldonado, Secretary of Development and Competitiveness of the Municipality of Quito, explained that not having the open skies policy restricted the airlines that wanted to enter the country.
“Open skies means that country by country is negotiated so that conditions are favorable for both parties,” the official explained. The attendees expressed their satisfaction with the event. Olivio Ordóñez, delegate of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute, said that Routes Americas has been a good opportunity to learn more services that boost air connectivity.
Gaetan Gagné, executive president of the Jean-Lesage International Airport of Quebec, said that after this first visit to Ecuador, the interest of bringing passengers from Quebec to Quito and vice versa has been awakened, although he recalled that the negotiations between airlines and airports take several years.
He took the opportunity to invite entrepreneurs to the next edition of Routes Americas to be held in his city.
Investment in connectivity
The Quito airport connectivity index went from 4.25% to 10.24% in the last six years. The airport has invested around $ 133 million in projects to improve infrastructure and the quality of services.
72 airlines attended RoutesAmericas and participated in business rounds.
New attraction of Quito
The Convention Center, in the Bicentennial Park, will be another novelty of the capital as a destination for events. (I)