North Pacific Airlines The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has requested, under File DOT-OST-2022-0092-0001, that passenger, mail, and freight operations be carried out under the Air Transportation Agreement between the two countries.
The startup had previously applied to US authorities to provide services in Asia. The planned North Pacific destinations are Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea, but the situation in Asian markets is precarious as only a few countries have gradually begun to ease COVID-19 health restrictions, adding to the inconvenience caused by Russia’s closure of airspace, which It forces airlines to divert flights on trans-Pacific routes.
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With this demand, the North Pacific could capture one of the most important international markets in the United States. Currently, nine US airlines offer flights between the US and Mexico, while Mexican airlines cannot increase capacity as a result of the country being under Category 2 in terms of flight safety by the Federal Aviation Administration. The North Pacific could use some of that space.
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Although there may be potential to connect Mexico to Asia via Alaska, demand remains low. Mexico Airlines recently canceled its Tokyo-Narita (NRT) and Seoul-Incheon (ICN) flights from its winter schedule. The North Pacific can choose to connect some cities on the west coast of the United States with the main vacation destinations in Mexico.
According to data obtained by Aviacionline through the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC), during the first half of 2022 between Mexico and the United States, 1,741,226 passengers were packed with an 86.1% occupancy factor in 139,623 flight operations.
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