When Will Mexicana Return?

Med Atlantica, the consortium that now owns bankrupt Mexicana de Aviacion, first had said the Mexican carrier would resume operations in June. That date slipped to August. But it now could slip further to an unspecified date.

Holding up the grounded airline's return to service is the government, which has to issue an airline operating certificate (AOC). This was pending Mexicana's concluding negotiations with its two largest creditors, Banorte and Bancomext, which are ongoing.

But the plot thickens. Mexicana's pilots union says in a message to members that political infighting between the lower house of the legislature and the Transport Ministry may be the cause. Lawmakers are blaming the Transport Ministry of slowing the AOC process until after the federal elections on July 1.

Meanwhile, Mexicana's competitors, Volaris, Interjet and Aeromexico, are happily using Mexicana's route authorities that the Transport Ministry lent them while the airline has been grounded.

So given all this, it remains to be seen when Mexicana will resume operations, although an August date now looks increasingly optimistic.

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