Mexico's Interjet has announced plans to create a new hub in Merida, capital of the Yucatan state, to support its regional expansion in southern Mexico and Central America.
The plan was presented during a tourist event in Cancun by Interjet's executive president Miguel Aleman Magnani and the governor of Yucatan, Rolando Zapata, whose government will "support" Interjet's Merida expansion.
According to Aleman, the primary goal of the Merida hub is to "connect the Maya world" with flights to destinations in the states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas and Oaxaca.
At a later stage, flights to Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will be added.
Interjet already has bases in Mexico City, Toluca, Monterrey and Guadalajara.
During the same event, Interjet's chief executive Jose Luis Garza said that the airline now dominates 24% of the domestic market.
"The incorporation of the Superjet 100 to our fleet has allowed us to reinforce our commitment with the regional aviation development plan of the federal government", Garza says. He indicates that the airline has received seven of the Russian-built regional jets so far, which it operates alongside 42 Airbus A320 aircraft.
Interjet serves 34 domestic and nine international destinations in Guatemala, Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia and the USA.