Here is the latest travel news in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Mexico Airline Interjet suspends its air route service to Puerto Vallarta airport. Airline spokesman Miguel Alemán Velasco has announced the routes that will operate September 2020, adding stopovers on some routes and suspending the route to other destinations, including Puerto Vallarta. Other cities Interjet is suspending service to include Los Cabos, Cozumel and Villahermosa.
So in order to remain in business Interjet says it was necessary to restructure the air routes to the most profitable ones. The main routes maintained are between Mexico and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and Tuxtla Gutiérrez and Monterrey with Cancun. The new routes are: Chihuahua-Tijuana, Guadalajara-Hermosillo, Hermosillo-Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez-Monterrey, Monterrey-Chihuahua and Mérida-Tuxtla Gutiérrez. See the Spanish article.
Interjet’s problems have been brewing for several years . They have been at risk of collapse even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit stemming from ($27 million USD) in unpaid taxes dating back to 2013. Some unpaid taxes are to United States airports. On March 23, 2020 the airline suspended all international passenger flights in its effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In April 2020, 27 Airbus SE airplanes were repossed by its lessor. Finally, the company begin restarting national and international routes in July 2020, but with very little aircraft left in its fleet. They announced success in obtaining $150 million USD investment, but their troubles continue. Employees claim delayed or no payment for wages and even furlough without any severance package.
Employees are not the only people upset at the company. On social media there are many claims from unhappy passengers. According to reports, the carrier often cancels their flights, gives them a voucher but, when they try to redeem it, the coupon is worth only a fraction of the flight, meaning they have to pay more to get to their destination.
At its height of service, Interjet transported 15 million passengers annually within Mexico and between Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central and South America. In all, it provided air service to 55 destinations in 10 countries offering passengers greater connections and travel options through agreements with major airlines such as Alitalia, All Nippon Airways (ANA), American Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Air Canada, LATAM Group, Iberia, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Hainan Airlines, Qatar Airlines and Japan Airlines.