LCCs help kick-start Mexican domestic growth

The rapid growth in the number of new carriers in the domestic market, especially those based on the low-cost model has seen the growth in the Mexican domestic market accelerate in recent months.

Chart: Mexican domestic traffic growth

Traffic growth in 2005 was a modest 1.5%, but jumped to nearly 12% in 2006 and in the first three months of 2007 has averaged close to 20%. Although Aeromexico, Mexicana and Aviacsa share around 56% of the domestic traffic, LCCs are rapidly gaining market share. Click Mexicana, the LCC subsidiary of Mexicana, has a 7% share of the market while Volaris has around 6% of the market, Interjet 5% and Vivaaerobus and Avolar around 3.5% each (Source: DGAC Mexico).

Chart: Mexico’s top 10 domestic routes 2006

A look at the top 10 routes in terms of passenger numbers in 2006 clearly shows the importance of Mexico City as a central hub for domestic traffic. Eight of the top 10 routes involve the capital while one involves Toluca, which is being promoted as a secondary airport for the Mexico City region. will be looking more closely at competition between the various carriers in a future farewatch feature.

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