IATA asks Mexico to support aviation industry during the COVID-19 pandemic

MEXICO — The vice president of the Association of International Air Transport for the Americas (IATA), Peter Cerdá, asked the Mexican government to reconsider its decision not to support requests from the sector to face the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which from March to May will generate a loss of US$5.3 billion and about 97,000 direct jobs.

He also considered it necessary to make an adequate evaluation of the relevance of continuing with the construction of the airport at the Santa Lucía military base, since in the coming months and years the demand will not be the same as the one that existed before the contingency.

In a virtual press conference, the IATA representative specified that since March 19th, a letter was sent to the head of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) requesting Mexico to support airlines affected by the travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has generated an 85% reduction in operations.

Source: El Economista