- Passenger numbers:
- Domestic: 1.9 million, -10.4% year-on-year;
- International: 671,400, +10.3%;
- Mexicana: 417,343, +1.8%
- Aeroméxico: 165,935, -0.6%
- Volaris: 56,237, n/a;
- Aeroméxico Connect: 18,779, +24.3%.
Mexican carriers reports domestic passenger numbers down 10% in Jan-2010
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