Mexico Puts Off Open Skies With U.S.
The head of Mexico's department of transportation (SCT) said open skies with the U.S. would happen only after the results emerge from a new plan to bolster the country's commercial aviation industry and would not come before the end of the six-year period of the current Calderon administration.
SCT's plan provides for domestic airlines to consolidate, operate in the black and have enough revenues to invest in order to compete more fairly in Mexico and abroad.
Transportation department head Luis Tellez acknowledged that the country's civil aviation, especially legacy carriers Aeromexico and Mexicana, are going through a turbulent period. "It's high time that our airlines implement much-needed adjustments in operations...to become more efficient and profitable," he told El Universal.
Pilots union (ASPA) Secretary General Dennis Lazarus warned that if the federal government opens the skies in today's conditions, "our air space would cease being Mexican and thousands of jobs would be lost."