Air travel to Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas region remains problematic, in the wake of Hurricane Odile’s passage on Monday. The category-three storm was the largest ever to make landfall on the country’s Baja California peninsula, lashing the tourist region with heavy rain and high wind. As a result, affected airports in the area are closed to non-humanitarian general aviation traffic at least through the weekend, according to Universal Weather & Aviation.
Geography of Mexico
The top scheduled destinations for Flexjet owners over this Valentine’s Day holiday weekend include Aspen; New York City; Palm Beach, Fla.; the Caribbean; and Mexico, including Cabo and Puerto Vallarta, according to the fractional provider’s analysis of hundreds of customer flight plans. It said travelers are evenly split into two categories this year: those who are looking for a getaway to the snow and others who prefer to bask in the sun. Nearly two-thirds of Flexjet’s holiday travelers are booked on a super-midsize Challenger 300 or large-cabin Challenger 604, it noted.
Bombardier’s Learjet 85 program continues to move forward or, perhaps more accurately, south, with plans to produce all primary structural components of the all-composite aircraft in Querétaro, Mexico, about 130 miles north of Mexico City.
Aerotron has begun construction of a new FBO at Guadalajara’s Don Miguel Hidalgo International Airport, Mexico’s third-busiest airport. While the new facility is under construction, Aerotron this month will begin offering FBO services from a temporary office and using four new fuel trucks. The new FBO, located next to the Mexicana maintenance facility, will feature a 27,000-sq-ft hangar, 8,300-sq-ft terminal and 215,000-sq-ft ramp.
While the composite structure, electrical harness and sub-assembly installation for Bombardier’s new Learjet 85 will be done at its Querétaro facility in Mexico, final assembly and interior completion work will be done at the company’s Wichita facility…Aero Toy Store has completed a new 45,000-sq-ft expansion in Montreal, including the 15,000-sq-ft completion center.
Following on the heels of several other OEMs, Bombardier Aerospace will build a component manufacturing facility in Mexico (in this case in Querétaro) that will begin operations in May, initially producing wiring harnesses but eventually having the capability for “final aircraft assembly.” Later next year the facility is scheduled to start manufacturing “major structural aircraft components” currently being built by Asian suppliers.