Mexico's ALMA hopes to double passengers in 2008

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Mexican regional carrier Aerolineas Mesoamericanas (ALMA) is hoping nearly to double passenger numbers this year after closing 2007 with 1.1 million.

ALMA operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ aircraft. It plans to expand its network to additional destinations this year but also add routes to the southern USA. Las Vegas will be the first US airport to be served from the airline’s Guadalajara base with thrice-weekly flights from February. San Antonio will follow in June.

An ALMA source confirms that the company has reached “all goals set” by exceeding the 1 million-passenger mark and operating to 28 domestic destinations.

“We have introduced the low-cost concept to regional air transportation, offering affordable ticket prices for lower-volume routes where, very frequently, no direct connection had formerly been available,” he says. “This has boosted the demand between the communities we are serving.”