Mexico Lacks Fleet, Market For Open Skies With U.S.
Opening Mexico's skies to the U.S. would mean burying the country's commercial aviation industry, notwithstanding its new, well-heeled low-cost carriers, according to Jesus Ramirez Stabros, former airline pilot and now federal legislator.
Mexico's lack of strong carriers able to compete with those of the U.S. has led aviation entrepreneurs, sector labor unions and lawmakers to firmly oppose an open-skies agreement with their neighbor to the north.
This is happening at a time when Mexico's legacy airlines are trying to cut costs by restructuring, a move they initiated before the recent entry into the market of half a dozen aggressive LCCs.
Mexicana's CEO Emilio Romano says that, before negotiating open skies with the U.S., this concept should be clearly spelled out because it is implemented differently in each region of the world. A balanced plan should be sought to ensure a fairer and more equilateral commercial relationship between the two countries.
For Romano, it is also essential that operations be subject to growth and clearly reject the use of airfares for predatory practices, Mexicans could not compete in such an environment, Romano says.
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