Interjet commits as first major operator to new Palenque airport

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Mexico's low cost airline Interjet has confirmed a new scheduled route connecting Mexico City with the recently re-inaugurated Palenque airport in the Chiapas state.

An Interjet source confirms that the route will be launched on 13 March and that the airline plans to offer "initially two weekly flights on Thursdays and Sundays", using Sukhoi SuperJet 100 equipment.

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas-based Ka'an Air has also started intrastate flights connecting its home base with Palenque, using a Helivan operated Beechcraft 1900D.

After serving as a minor airfield for years, the International Airport of Palenque has been completely rebuilt with federal and state budgets summing over US$ 100 million and was inaugurated on 12 February by Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto.

The airport is operated by state-owned Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA) which operates 19 relatively minor airports that remained under state control after the privatization process of Mexico's principal commercial airports.