Aeromexico passenger transport reaches its highest level after a pandemic

Aeromexico Boeing 737 MAX 9 was filmed on July 14, 2021 at Benito Huares International Airport in Mexico City. (Lewis Cortez / Reuters)

Mexico City — Grupo Aeromexico’s passenger numbers in December reached the highest level since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Mexican airline said Thursday.

Aeromexico shipped 1.74 million passengers last month. That’s 98.9 percent of the 1.76 million people who moved in December 2019.

Aeromexico’s total offer, measured in Available Seat Kilo (ASK), was equivalent to 82.6 percent of its December 2019 capacity, the company said.

Domestic capacity increased by 13.6% from December 2019, while overseas capacity was 70.7% that month.

Aeromexico filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in the United States in 2020 due to a surge in demand during the pandemic. In December, as part of its restructuring plan, it announced details of a tender offer to value its outstanding shares at near-zero values, triggering the sale of its shares.

Positive traffic numbers did not help airlines’ long-suffering stocks, as stocks fell 6.5% to 2.31 pesos for the seventh straight day.

Valentine Hiller