Emails: Albuquerque spent $1.6M on canceled Mexico flights
September 10, 2019 08:08 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Documents show Albuquerque spent nearly $1.6 million to promote a Mexico-based airline that had promised - then canceled - regular international flights.
The Albuquerque Journal reports emails obtained through a public records request show panicked Albuquerque officials after hearing rumors low-cost airline Volaris was planning on suddenly canceling the scheduled direct service to Mexico.
Officials in the emails tried to seek answers to rumors that Volaris was scrapping the flights despite planned media events and fanfare.
In the end, Volaris did scrap the flight after Albuquerque refused to give the airline more money and following low ticket sales.
Volaris was to begin direct flights from Albuquerque and the city of Chihuahua and from Albuquerque to Guadalajara, Mexico.
Albuquerque has struggled to attract and retain direct flights to Mexico.
Created: September 10, 2019 08:08 AM
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