The Airlines for America and its counterpart in Mexico, the Camara Nacional de Aerotransportes (CANAERO), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pool efforts to promote air travel and tourism, the transport of goods and bolster the development of air transport between the two nations.
Massive growth in the cross-border market has been observed ever since the approval of the U.S.-Mexico Air Services Agreement (ASA) back in August of last year.
The ASA offers airlines from both countries the leeway to establish customer service models that follow the global trend of passenger enabling, giving them the choice on what additional services they want to add to their travel experience.
According to published schedule data, there exists 221 nonstop routes between the two nations operated by 14 different U.S. and Mexican passenger airlines, along with operations by 19 air cargo carriers.
From 2010, cross-border air travel increased 7.2% every year to record high of nearly 38,000 daily passengers in each direction in 2016. Through the first half of 2017, passenger numbers were up 10%.
And so as passenger and cargo operations between the two countries steadily rise,
CANAERO’s Chairman of the Board, Sergio A. Allard, and A4A’s President and CEO, Nicholas E. Calio, inked the MoU to foster a partnership and exchange knowledge about public policy issues and other matters that affect their respective members and the global air community in general.
“The U.S.-Mexico transborder market is increasingly important, with the number of passengers carried daily between our two countries increasing more than 50 percent since 2010,” said Calio.
“We look forward to this bolstered partnership with CANAERO as we work toward our shared goal of air transport development and sustainable safety that matches this growing demand.”
“I am sure that this partnership will result in important benefits for aviation in both countries through the collaboration and coordination of the members and staff of both organizations we lead,” Allard remarked.
The associations’ harmonized advocacy moves seek to promote the application of global best practices on legislation and economic regulations, security, passenger rights and the environment, just to name a few of the subjects.