Texas Border Business
CITY OF McALLEN UPDATE:
Aeromar Announces Cessation of Operations
McALLEN, Texas – McAllen International Airport partner carrier Aeromar announced the definitive cessation of its operations after 35 years of uninterrupted flights in Mexico, the United States, and Cuba.
McAllen International Airport collaborated closely with Aeromar to provide international air service to the region. Aeromar’s partnership with McAllen International Airport served 199,358 passengers and operated 6,982 flights to and from McAllen from 2009 to 2023. Their partnership was mutually beneficial as McAllen International Airport’s commercial airline traffic grew into one of the ten busiest airports in Texas.
In 2022, McAllen International Airport led the region with 45% of the RGV’s commercial air service market share. Although Aeromar generated only about 2% of McAllen International Airport’s record travelers in 2022, the airline was an important partner for McAllen, as it provided the only non-stop route to Mexico City throughout South Texas.
“Forging strong relationships is the essence of who we are at the City of McAllen, and we are sad to lose this important collaborator,” said Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, P.E., City Manager. “We stand in solidarity with our colleagues at Aeromar, thank them for their partnership throughout the years, and thank them for their tireless efforts at saving the airline.”
In a show of camaraderie, Mexican carriers Aeromexico, Viva Aerobus, and Volaris have stepped forward to support customers who had previously booked tickets with Aeromar. Passengers with a booked Aeromar flight are encouraged to reach out to these carriers for an opportunity to rebook their trips. For McAllen booked tickets, travelers may consider the following eligible airports: Reynosa International Airport (REX), Matamoros International Airport (MAM), and Monterrey International Airport (MTY). For more information and conditions, travelers should contact the airlines directly by phone or visiting their websites.
- Aeromexico 1 (800) 237-6639 │ www.aeromexico.com
- Viva Aerobus 1 (866) 359-8482 │ www.vivaerobus.com
- Volaris 1 (855) 865-2747 │ www.volaris.com
McAllen International Airport partners with American Airlines, United, and Allegiant to serve six nonstop destinations including Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Nashville, and seasonal service to Orlando and Los Angeles. Travelers are encouraged to visit the airport’s social media sites to explore the many ways McAllen International Airport can take you above and beyond.
MEXICO – Aeromar announced yesterday the end of its operations in Mexico, the United States, and Cuba due to financial problems.
The decision is also due to the difficulty of the airline to close agreements with viable conditions that ensure its operations in the long term.
“The company’s team made deep financial adjustments to improve its situation,” the company detailed yesterday.
“However, at an adverse time, aggravated during the Covid-19 pandemic, the measures taken were not enough to stabilize the company’s situation.”
One of Aeromar’s main debts is with the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), to which it owes more than 500 million pesos (approximately $26 million USD) for jet fuel. The debt couldn’t be covered yesterday because of the ultimatum issued to the company by Ciudad de Mexico International.
The Ministry of Labor reported that to guarantee payment to the worker force, the assets of the airline, which had been flying uninterruptedly for 35 years, were seized.