The nationwide aviation businesses of Mexico and China have signed two new memoranda of understanding geared toward increasing air journey between the 2 nations, after a three-year suspension of direct flights in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delegates from Mexico’s Federal Civil Aviation Company (AFAC) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) met on Thursday to discuss the agreements. The primary goals to extend bilateral cooperation in areas corresponding to environmental safety, security, capability constructing and infrastructure growth, whereas the second lays out a brand new air transport settlement masking passenger and cargo flights.
This settlement will permit extra airways to function the China-Mexico route and develop locations to 5 for passengers and 4 for cargo, from a earlier most of two. It additionally lays out protocols for code-sharing, permitting each Mexican and Chinese language airways to extend joint operations.
Through the assembly, two Chinese language airways expressed curiosity in resuming passenger flights to Mexico, whereas one other agreed to extend cargo operations at Mexico’s Felipe Angeles Worldwide Airport (AIFA).
Direct flights between Mexico and China had been suspended in January 2020, when China’s Hainan Airways suspended flights to Tijuana on account of upkeep on the vacation spot. The flights had been by no means reactivated after the COVID-19 pandemic struck later that 12 months.
In Might, the Pacific Airport Group (GAP), which operates 12 of Mexico’s regional airports, together with standard locations corresponding to Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, pledged to reactivate Hainan Airline’s flights from Beijing to Tijuana and Mexico Metropolis earlier than the top of summer season of 2023.
Alejandra Soto, GAP’s director of institutional relations, additionally introduced that negotiations had been underway with Korean Airways to function a direct flight to Tijuana from Seoul, South Korea. Soto additionally mentioned that with the institution of a brand new Tijuana-Panama route, GAP hoped the Baja California airport would act as a journey hub between Asia and Central America.
Analysts who spoke to Reforma newspaper expressed optimism that the brand new agreements will increase commerce between Mexico and China.
Aviation skilled Carlos Torres mentioned that elevated cargo flights would permit Mexico to learn extra from the nearshoring phenomenon. A big variety of Chinese language producers have invested in Mexico lately, significantly in northern Mexican states near the U.S. border.
Economist Fernando Gómez added that direct flights would additionally encourage extra Chinese language companies to discover nearshoring alternatives in Mexico. Each analysts famous that Mexico is turning into a strategic commerce hub within the context of the commerce conflict between the 2 superpowers.
Chinese language imports to Mexico have grown over current years, reaching US $32 billion within the first 4 months of 2023, in line with the Financial system Ministry. In the meantime, Chinese language vacationers to Mexico greater than doubled to succeed in 68,206 within the first half of 2023, in comparison with 31,179 in the identical interval the 12 months earlier than, in line with the Tourism Ministry.