International traffic to Mexico up almost 20% in September; US carriers such as Southwest Airlines adding plenty of new routes

American carriers are growing their Mexican networks. In the last few months, Sun Country Airlines has begun serving Cancún from Southwest Florida Airport, JetBlue Airways has started flights from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando in Florida to Mexico City, while Southwest Airlines has added several Mexican destinations from its Houston Hobby base.

Air traffic to, from and within Mexico is still booming in 2015. Since we last looked at the Mexican market back in July passenger numbers have continued to grow at more than 10%. In each of the last four months, domestic traffic has grown by just under 15%. Domestic demand has now grown for 49 straight months.


Source: DGAC Mexico.

International traffic has seen growth accelerate during the course of 2015. Early on it was around 7%, rising to 10% in April and May. Since then it has grown even faster, reaching 15% in August and then an extremely impressive 19% in September. This is the highest genuine growth rate recorded for international traffic since started tracking Mexican traffic data in 2008. The four months in 2010 with faster growth were comparing with the period in 2009 when traffic had fallen dramatically because of the swine flu epidemic.

Breaking down the 19% growth in September between carriers from different regions reveals that Mexican carriers grew their passenger numbers by 29%, US carriers grew their passengers by 16% while all other carriers saw passenger numbers increase by 11%. Mexican carriers continue to gain market share in the international market. For the first time in many years the home carriers achieved more than 30% of total international traffic, reaching 32.5% in September.


Source: DGAC Mexico.

US carriers in particular have been busy launching new Mexican services in the second half of 2015, including the following:

  • Alaska Airlines: Orange County to San Jose del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta (9 October).
  • American Airlines: Los Angeles to Mexico City (3 September) and Mazatlan (7 November).
  • JetBlue Airways: Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to Mexico City (1 October).
  • Southwest Airlines: Houston Hobby to Cancún, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo (15 October); Denver to Puerto Vallarta (1 November).
  • Sun Country Airlines: Southwest Florida to Cancún (9 October).

European carriers have also launched new flights this autumn; Thomas Cook Airlines began service from London Stansted to Cancún on 18 July, while Eurowings on 8 November began twice-weekly operations from Cologne Bonn also to Cancún.

Interjet overtakes Volaris in September

Aeromexico and Aeromexico Connect combined continue to have around 33% of the domestic market with Interjet and Volaris battling to be the leading LCC. In September Interjet once more passed Volaris for second place with almost 27% of the domestic market. The LCC share of the domestic market (Interjet, VivaAerobus and Volaris) is now around 62%. While VivaAerobus’ share of the domestic market has fluctuated between 11% and 13% for most of the last two years, analysis by of the airline’s schedule data suggests that the carrier has launched no new domestic routes since October 2014.


Source: DGAC Mexico.


Aeromexico Connect launched a new domestic service on 1 October between Mexico City and Cozumel. The route is operated daily using the carrier’s Embraer fleet. Aeromexico and Aeromexico Connect have a combined share of around 33% of the domestic market (in September 2015), ahead of Interjet (27%) and Volaris (24%).


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