Mexico: the second most important aviation market in Latin America
MEXICO – According to the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), Mexico is positioned as the second largest aviation market in Latin America and the Caribbean (behind Brazil), as well as the first in terms of foreign tourism.
During 2018, the domestic route that registered the highest growth was Cancun – Mexico City, transporting 300,000 passengers more than the previous year, while the international route with the highest passenger traffic was the United States – Mexico, with an increase of 1,200,000 people transported, in year-on-year comparison.
According to data from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the tourism and travel sectors contributed 17.2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), while it is a source of 17.8% of the jobs in the country, more than in any other country in Latin America.
International traffic from the country was distributed by 53% going to North America, 39% to Latin America, 7% to Europe and 1% to the Asia Pacific region. Likewise, a total of 41 million international tourists visited Mexico in 2018, of which 58% did so by air.
ALTA estimates that air traffic will double in the region in the next 10 years, so it recommends the countries that make up the association to improve its infrastructure on land and air, in order to reduce saturation and meet the future demand of passengers, reduce the costs of fuels and taxes, as well as to increase the efficiency of operations, which would result in a reduction of environmental impact.