Aeromexico expects to launch more flights from Mexico City's secondary airport, Toluca, as congestion at the Mexican capital's main airport forces authorities to evaluate locations for a new airport.
The SkyTeam carrier's chief executive Andreas Conesa says in an earnings call today that the Mexican government is redistributing slots at Mexico City Benito Juarez International airport during certain peak hours of the day.
"We would have to adjust some itineraries," says Conesa, adding that the carrier would likely upgauge the aircraft operated during some slots in order to transport more passengers.
The smaller Embraer 145s that the carrier operates on some slots out of the main airport would likely be moved to Toluca, says Conesa.
Aeromexico's regional arm, Aeromexico Connect, serves four destinations from Toluca: Monterrey, Guadalajara, Cancun and Acapulco. Toluca airport is mostly served by low-cost carriers such as Interjet, Volaris and Spirit Airlines.
Conesa says the flights out of Toluca are "doing very well", with load factors in the high 60% to low 70% range. He expects the airline to add more frequencies on the routes out of Toluca and to launch new destinations.
Referring to recent local media reports about a new airport in Mexico City, Conesa says: "Mexico City airport is saturated... we expect that this year, it will be announced where the new airport will be built." However, he adds that he does not expect the new airport to be ready until five to six years later.
Mexico City International airport has capacity to handle 32 million passengers annually. Statistics from the airport show it handled 29.5 million passengers in 2012, up 11.8% from 2011.