Grupo Aeromexico announced (15-Nov-2011) it began the operation of its share buyback fund on 14-Nov-2011. The fund was approved in the stockholders’ ordinary board meeting of 19-Aug-2011 for a total of up to MXD600 million (USD44 million). [more - original PR]
Grupo Aeromexico began the operation of its share buyback fund
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The message of tolerance and of borderless air travel featured in the ad is against a backdrop of the ever-growing US-Mexico air travel market, which is strategic for US and Mexican airlines alike. More than anything, Aeromexico has to make moves to preserve business in one of its most lucrative and strategic markets.
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A transborder joint venture between SkyTeam partners Aeromexico and Delta is hanging in the balance now that the US DoT has required slot divestitures and other stipulations in order for the airlines to move forward with their proposed business agreement. Not surprisingly, Aeromexico and Delta believe limitations proposed by US regulators would diminish the economic benefits of the joint venture, and are warning they are reconsidering deepening their business ties.
Numerous airlines expressed concerns about Aeromexico and Delta’s concentration of slots at Mexico City Juarez, and the DoT responded by requiring slot divestitures at the airport along with the relinquishment of slots at New York JFK. The airlines have countered that the DoT’s analysis is flawed, and that a smaller number of slot divestitures at Juarez required by Mexico’s government should allay any concerns expressed by competitors. Aeromexico and Delta also argue another stipulation imposed by US regulators – limiting the joint venture to a five-year term – would create too much uncertainty for the viability of the business venture.
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