Mexico’s Aeromar Launches ATR Flights To Havana

The Mexican ATR-based carrier Aeromar recently announced it will launch three new routes from Merida International Airport (MID), including one to Havana, Cuba, which would be the sixth international service for the regional hub.

New routes

Starting on August 21, 2022, Aeromar will begin operations on three new routes connecting Merida with Cozumel (CZM), Chetumal (CTM), and Havana (HAV). The first two routes, domestic ones, are completely uncontested, while the service to Havana is already served by Viva Aerobus, with two weekly flights.


Aeromar will operate three flights per week to Chetumal on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and two flights per week on the other two routes (Thursdays and Sundays to Cozumel and Wednesdays and Sundays to Havana).

The airline will operate these new routes english its ATR 72-600 fleet, which has a capacity for 72 passengers.

Aeromar’s connectivity

Aeromar is the fourth-most important airline in Mexico, well behind Volaris, Aeromexico, and Viva Aerobus in terms of carried passengers.

Aeromar also has interline agreements with several powerhouses, such as Emirates, Air Canada, Copa Airlines, and Iberia. The airline has a fleet of ten ATR aircraft and covers regional routes across the country.

Aeromar operates around 275 weekly flights. Mexico City Benito Juárez International is the airline’s main hub of operations (76 weekly departures on 12 routes).

In 2022, Aeromar has operated 5,390 domestic flights and 679 international, carrying 185,595 domestic and 12,643 passengers.

Compared to 2019 levels, Aeromar has not yet fully recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, unlike the three main airlines in the country. Aeromar carried 53% of its 2019 traffic levels in the first six months of 2022.

Moreover, there are worrying signs that Aeromar could become the next Interjet in Mexico. Interjet ceased operations in December 2020 after a heavy impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aeromar faces a financial crisis related to the lack of investment and ongoing labor issues. According to the local newspaper El Financiero, some of these symptoms are similar to the one Interjet faced before its cease of operations. For instance, Aeromar owes over 70 million pesos in fuel charges.

Could Aeromar become the next Interjet? Photo: Getty Images.

Merida’s connectivity

Merida is a city located in the Yucatán peninsula. Due to its location it could be one of the most important hubs in the Latin American region. Nonetheless, the Mexican government has never really invested in addressing Merida Airport’s true potential and turning it into one of the regional power houses.

As of July 2022, Merida has around 190 weekly flights. It has services from six airlines, including three international carriers (TAG Aerolíneas Guatemaltecas, American Airlines, and United Airlines). Aeromar will become the seventh operator in the airport.

There are 14 routes from Merida. These are:

  1. Dallas Fort Worth (American Airlines)
  2. Guadalajara (Viva Aerobus and Volaris)
  3. Guatemala (TAG)
  4. Havana (Viva Aerobus)
  5. Houston (United Airlines)
  6. Mexico City (Aeromexico, Viva Aerobus, and Volaris)
  7. Mexico City’s Felipe Ángeles International Airport (Aeromexico)
  8. Miami (American Airlines)
  9. Monterrey (Viva Aerobus and Volaris)
  10. Oaxaca (Volaris)
  11. Tuxtla Gutiérrez (Viva Aerobus)
  12. Tijuana (Volaris)
  13. Veracruz (Viva Aerobus)
  14. Villahermosa (Viva Aerobus).

Have you ever been to Mérida International Airport? Have you been onboard an Aeromar flight? How was the experience? Let us know in the comments below.

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