Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the country’s army is working on a proposal to create its own commercial airline, confirming reports of a government document leak last week.
An analysis of its economic viability is being carried out,” Mr. Lopez Obrador told a news conference, noting that a decision has yet to be made.
“It is likely that this new airline will become operational next year,” he said.
The president confirmed last week that the Mexican military suffered a major data hack that leaked confidential information, including disclosures about the president’s health, customs security and infrastructure projects.
Mr. Lopez Obrador said Olmeca-Maya-Mexica, a military-led company set to take over a handful of airports and the multibillion-dollar Maya Train project being built in the south of the country, would also manage the proposed airline .
He said he was shown the original proposal for the airline about two weeks ago.
“It is also considering handing over the presidential aircraft to the company, which will have 10 aircraft in its fleet, which will not be purchased but leased,” said Mr. Lopez Obrador.
The president had been trying for more than three years to sell the presidential plane purchased by his predecessor, but had difficulty finding a buyer willing to pay the $130 million price tag.
According to local newspaper El Universal, the leaked documents show the armed forces were considering circumventing a law banning companies from simultaneously operating an airport and an airline by amending regulations without going through Congress.
Mr. Lopez Obrador did not address the legality of the proposal. The military leak is said to be twice the size of the 2016 Panama Papers leak in terms of computing space.
https://www.independent.ie/business/world/mexican-army-set-to-create-commercial-airline-to-run-alongside-airports-42040852.html The Mexican Army wants to set up a commercial airline to operate next to airports