A press conference was held to celebrate the launch of Aeromar’s new route between Tucson in Arizona and Hermosillo in Mexico. The four times weekly service marks a return of international services at the US airport after an eight-year wait and is only Aeromar’s second US destination after McAllen in Texas.
- Aeromar has begun a new route connecting Hermosillo (HMO) in Mexico with Tucson (TUS) in Arizona. The new four times weekly service on the 335-kilometre route will be operated by the Mexican regional carrier’s ATRs. Launched on 3 October, the new route marks the return of regular international commercial services at the US airport. Bonnie Allin, President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority, welcomed the new service, saying: “Re-establishing non-stop and direct air service into Mexico has been one of our highest priorities. It’s an important economic link for our region’s trade and logistics sectors. Eight years later we have success. Now it will be vitally important for travellers to use these flights.” Aeromexico used to operate the same route until the end of October 2008. Last year Tucson International Airport handled almost 3.2 million passengers, down 2% on the previous year. Aeromar’s only other US route is from Mexico City to McAllen International Airport in Texas, which operates six times weekly. As a result of this new service, Aeromar now accounts for a very modest 0.2% of the US-Mexico market in terms of seat capacity. The biggest carriers in this market are American Airlines (21.7%), United Airlines (17.8%) and Aeromexico (16.0%). Mexican carriers currently account for only one-third of capacity between the two neighbouring countries.