Mexicana, Mexico’s oldest and chief international air carrier, followed up its bankruptcy filing last week with the announcement of a suspension on all new ticket sales and cutbacks on current operations. The airline, however, is promising that already-booked tickets will be honored, as discussions on ways to best salvage the company are underway. While major pay and staffing cutbacks, or even selling the airline, are all on the drawing board as potential solutions, the possibility that Mexicana won’t be revived looms large. If the airline does collapse, this could translate to even more bad news for the Mexico tourism industry, with Mexicana serving as the only current carrier on several routes, including direct flights from Mexico City to major international cities like Miami and Calgary. It may also mean bad news for travelers’ wallets – with fewer carriers competing on routes, the likelihood of increased fares spikes considerably.
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