Mexicana parent to launch domestic carrier

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Mexico's Communications and Transportation Department granted Mexicana Airlines parent Grupo Mexicana a concession to operate a new domestic airline that will re-establish a number of routes lost last year when several low-cost carriers went out of business or pared operations.

Grupo Mexicana CEO Manuel Borja said the as-yet-unnamed, Guadalajara-based carrier would "complement the routes" currently served by Mexicana and its Mexicana Click subsidiary. Borja said the new airline would create 500 new jobs.

Grupo Mexicana said initial flights would operate from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta, Torreon, Veracruz, Monterrey, Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez, among other cities.

The airline will debut with a fleet of 13 leased Bombardier CRJ-200 planes, each with a 50-passenger capacity. With the new planes, Grupo Mexicana will operate a fleet of 103 total aircraft.

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