Mexico City F1 Grand Prix 2021: Business aviation destination guide

After being canceled due to COVID in 2020, the Mexican City Formula One (F1) Grand Prix returns to Mexico City Nov. 7, 2021. Universal Aviation Mexico is providing a 20 percent discount in handling fees for any operator attending the F1. Mention code F1GH20% when booking handling at MMTO to receive the discount. The post Mexico City F1 Grand Prix 2021: Business aviation destination guide appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

Mexico City F1 Grand Prix 2021: Business aviation destination guide
Alert: Universal Aviation Mexico is providing a 20 percent discount in handling fees for any operator attending the 2021 Mexico City F1. Mention code F1GH20% when booking handling at MMTO to receive the discount.

After being canceled due to COVID in 2020, the Mexican City Formula One (F1) Grand Prix returns to Mexico City Nov. 7, 2021. Since its return to Mexico City in 2015, the Mexican Grand Prix, has become a major international event, drawing large numbers of drivers and their teams, race enthusiasts, celebrities and corporate sponsors from around the world. In 2019, more than 345,000+ spectators attended the race. In a city the size of Mexico City, a few hundred thousand people, can be easily absorbed. The region’s business aviation infrastructure is another story. Whether you’re planning on attending the race or just might be in the region the week it’s held – your planning should begin now. Here’s what you need to know.


The race

  The race will be held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. The schedule is as follows:

  • Friday-Saturday, November 5-6th: Practice
  • Saturday, November 6th: Qualifying
  • Sunday, November 7th: Race

Read full race details.


VIP nightlife

F1 Grand Prix’s attract more than race enthusiasts, and the race itself is merely the finale of a high-traffic period of race-related events throughout Mexico City. A who’s who of international celebrities and jetsetters will flock to Mexico City to see and be seen at its legendary VIP nightlife. Click here for more on the F1 Mexican Grand Prix Experiences packages.


Preferred airport – Toluca International

Toluca (MMTO) is the primary and realistically only airport option for General Aviation (GA) operators attending the race, as Mexico City (MMMX) is predominantly reserved for scheduled commercial and head of state operations, and it’s very difficult to arrange GA access into this location. MMTO is a 24-hour airport of entry with 24/7 Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance, full GA support services, Ground Support Equipment (GSE), aviation fuel, in-flight catering, and ample parking (depending on the FBO used). Drive time from MMTO to Mexico City is between one and a half and two hours, depending on traffic.


Parking options

Parking is at a premium and not all FBOs and hangars are the same. During peak periods, some handlers can be seen virtually stacking aircraft on top of each other, so be sure to ask your ground handler their safety procedures including minimum distance separation for parking. Similarly, Due to space restrictions, overnight hangar parking will be in short supply and high demand during this period—especially for transient, non-based operators. For this reason, in 2018, Universal Aviation Mexico – Toluca opened its fifth hangar at Toluca—bringing its total hangar space to almost 170,000 square feet. Request a free quote for handling here.


Security

Airport security at MMTO is good, with support from military, federal police and airport guard services, rendering additional private security for your aircraft unnecessary. Within Mexico City, use common sense, be aware of your surroundings, and avoid well-known higher risk areas, particularly at night, and only use pre-vetted transportation.


Local transport

Using un-vetted taxis and ground transport is discouraged. The safest and most efficient option for navigating Mexico City’s congested traffic is via pre-paid (car with driver) ground transport. Because this is the best option, availability is usually limited during high-traffic events, so it’s best to book early. You can get a free quote for ground transportation through Drivania Chauffeurs.


Hotels

Demand for preferred hotel accommodations and pricing, will be higher than normal during the Grand Prix and may sell out. While crew should not have a problem securing 4–star accommodations in the MMTO area this location is not recommended for passengers due to long travel times to event sites.


Conclusion

Aircraft ops planning for the 2018 mexico city f1 grand prix

If you’re planning to operate to Mexico City for the 2021 Formula One (F1) Grand Prix, preparation should begin now. Parking and third-party services will be at a premium before and after the event. In a city the size of Mexico City, a few hundred thousand people, can be easily absorbed. The region’s business aviation infrastructure is another story. Whether you’re planning on attending the race or just might be in the region the week it’s held – your planning should begin now. Here’s what you need to know.

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Aeromexico Reports $111m Loss From July To September

Grupo Aeromexico delivered an operating profit of US$16.3 million during 2021’s third quarter, the first quarter of profitability…

Aeromexico Reports $111m Loss From July To September

Grupo Aeromexico delivered an operating profit of US$16.3 million during 2021’s third quarter, the first quarter of profitability since the beginning of the pandemic. Despite that good number, overall, the Mexican carrier posted a net loss of US$111 million during the period. Let’s investigate further.

Aeromexico is recovering from the COVID-19 crisis. It has reduced its losses in 2021. Photo: Guillermo Quiroz Martínez via@gquimar.

Aeromexico’s 3Q results

The Mexican airline Aeromexico is currently in a Chapter 11 process in the United States due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Slowly but surely, Aeromexico has implemented a financial restructuring while continuing to operate commercial flights.

In the third quarter, Aeromexico’s revenue reached US$653 million, a 27.9% decrease with respect to 2019. Nevertheless, that revenue was also a 32.2% increase compared to 2021’s second quarter.

Aeromexico’s third-quarter capacity, measured in available seat kilometers, decreased only by 26.9% compared to the same period of 2019. The airline has been able to recover, although at a slower pace than its domestic competition, Volaris and Viva Aerobus.

Aeromexico carried 4.5 million passengers between July and September, a 13.8% decrease compared to its pre-pandemic levels. The airline stated,

“In spite of the current challenging environment, the market showed encouraging signs of recovery. During the third quarter, Aeromexico deployed 24.8% more capacity than during the second quarter with improvements in both domestic and international markets, which grew by 11.6% and 35.4% respectively.”

These numbers are consistent with Aeromexico’s current projections. The airline expects to bounce back to profitability in 2022.

Aeromexico Reports $111m Loss From July To September
Aeromexico is continuing to bet on the Boeing 737 MAX for its narrowbody fleet. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Aeromexico’s fleet grew

Despite being in Chapter 11, Aeromexico is being ambitious regarding its fleet plans. The Mexican carrier expects to have a fleet of up to 154 aircraft by 2025, with 133 narrowbodies and 21 widebodies.

During 2019’s third quarter, Aeromexico had a fleet of 127 aircraft, including six Boeing 737 MAX units that were parked. One year later, the fleet had been reduced to 106 aircraft following the impact of the COVID crisis. Aeromexico rejected the leasing contracts of its Embraer E170 fleet, as well as several Boeing 737-700 and 737-800.

We expected Aeromexico to continue reducing its fleet, but the airline has decided otherwise. Aeromexico has signed power by the hour agreements on its fleet and rearranged its order with Boeing. It also signed lease agreements with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise and Air Lease Corporation Group.

Aeromexico took delivery of two Boeing 737-800s and two B737 MAX 9s in 2021’s third quarter. Its current fleet comprises 122 aircraft, including 18 B787, 41 B737 NGs, 16 B737 MAX, and 47 Embraer E190.

Aeromexico Reports $111m Loss From July To September
During the quarter, Aeromexico received two Boeing 737 MAX 9 units. This is how the aircraft cabin looks like. Photo: Daniel Martinez Garbuno | Simple Flying.

Where’s Aeromexico flying right now?

In October 2021, Aeromexico is offering 14,058 flights, according to Cirium. That number is a 17.4% decrease compared to 2019 levels.

The airline still has to reactivate several routes, mainly from airports not in Mexico City. Aeromexico’s current main routes connect Mexico City with Cancun, Monterrey, and Guadalajara, the three main airports in the country after Mexico City.

Internationally, Aeromexico’s main route is between Mexico City and Los Angeles. It is offering 124 flights in October 2021, a 275.8% increase compared to 2019 levels. Mexico-Houston comes in second place with 94 flights, followed by Mexico-JFK and Mexico-Miami. Aeromexico’s most important route not in the United States or Mexico is to Guatemala, with 76 flights.

By December, Aeromexico expects to operate 15,398 flights, a 12.9% decrease compared to 2019 levels.

Are you surprised about Aeromexico’s third-quarter results? Let us know in the comments below.

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