Mexican carriers Aeromexico and Volaris are seeking rights to operate some former Mexicana transborder routes until the beleaguered carrier re-enters the marketplace.
Mexicana sought creditor protection a year ago and ceased operations. Since that time Mexican carriers have moved to fill the gap and seize opportunities created by Mexicana's market exit.
But in some cases special permission, or extrabilateral authority, must be granted due to stipulations in the US-Mexico air transport agreement. Basically the exemption allows carriers to temporarily operate on routes designated to Mexicana until the carrier resumes operations.
Volaris has already won the authority for flights from Monterrey to Chicago Midway and from Mexico City to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Now the carrier has asked for rights to operate on the Mexico City-Midway pairing.
Aeromexico wants the same authority to introduce service from Guadalajara to Las Vegas and Zacatecas to Chicago.
If Aeromexico wins authority to launch Guadalajara-Las Vegas, it will compete directly with Volaris on the pairing. Schedules in the Innovata database show that Volaris operates nine weekly flights in the market.