Mexican military launches commercial airline, transporting tourists to Caribbean resorts

Mexico's military launched a commercial airline this week that serves tourist destinations and Caribbean resorts.

Mexicana Airlines celebrated its first departure from Mexico City's Felipe Angeles Airport on Tuesday, with enthusiastic support from the federal government.

“This will be a great legacy.” [President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s] managed and will echo forever,” air traffic controllers announced as the first flight of the new venture took off.

Although the crews of Mexican Airlines aircraft are civilians, the airline's operations are managed by an independent subsidiary of the Mexican Air Force, which itself is part of the Armed Forces.

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A passenger plane lands at Felipe Angeles International Airport in Mexico City. (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

The first voyage suffered several difficulties, as bad weather forced MXA Flight 1788 to reroute to the city of Mérida, arriving hours later at its final destination in Tulum.

Mexicana aims to provide air transportation from major metropolitan areas to resorts and vacation areas such as Cancun, Los Cabos and Acapulco. The company hopes to expand its service offerings to smaller regional airports as well.

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The Mexicana brand is one of the oldest brands in the aviation industry, having been founded in 1921 as a government-run venture. It was later sold, privatized, and filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

The president celebrated the iconic airline's return to service as a “historic event” for Mexico.

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Mexican President Obrador presided over a civil-military parade in Zocalo Plaza to commemorate the 113th anniversary of the start of the Mexican Revolution. (Louis Barron/Eyepix Group/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

President López Obrador has defended Mexico's military as the country's most reliable and free from corruption.


He has criticized successive governments' decisions to sell and privatize state-owned enterprises as cash grabs without considering the nation's best interests.

State ventures in energy, mining, communications, printing, transportation, and many other industries closed in the 1980s, as federal authorities argued that they could not effectively eradicate widespread corruption that undermined corporate efficiency and fairness. It was dismantled through.

“They committed a massive fraud,” López Obrador said at a news conference. “They deceived a lot of people by saying that the state-owned enterprises were not working.”