Aeroméxico (AM, México City Int'l) will suspend services to Guayaquil (3x weekly from México City Int'l), and Cali (4x weekly from Mexico City), as well as three 2x weekly AeroMéxico Connect E190 routes launched last November, to Belize City Int'l, Liberia in Costa Rica, and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, due to the ongoing global grounding of the B737 MAX.

CEO Andrés Conesa Labastida made the revelation during an earnings conference call to analysts on July 17 to present the company's second-quarter results.

"With the grounding of the MAX fleet, we are reviewing our total capacity growth forecast for the year to be negative by between 3% and 4% for 2019 as a whole," he said.

Labastida said that "clear structural improvements" in the operating profit of the airline due to continued capacity discipline and reducing unit costs were partially offset by the impact of the grounding of the MAX. In this context, AeroMéxico delivered an operating profit of MXN119 million peso (USD6.25 million).

The flag carrier currently has six of the inactive B737-8s and one more to be delivered, out of a fleet total of seventy-one aircraft (the rest being eleven B737-700s, thirty-six B737-800s, nine B787-8s, and nine B787-9s).

The news came a day after the airline said it planned to suspend its 3x weekly Mexico City-Tijuana-Shanghai Pudong service in the near future. In June, it said it would terminate its route between México City and Salt Lake City (with a stop in Guadalajara) on August 20.

Also in June, the launch of a new daily service from Guadalajara to Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson was postponed to September 1, and in early July the launches of two 3x weekly services to Detroit Metropolitan, from Guadalajara and San Luis Potosí, were postponed until April 1, 2020.

In late May, Executive Vice-President (Operations) James Sarvis said during a press conference that AeroMéxico would analyse options as to how Boeing could compensate the carrier for the ongoing grounding of the B737-8s.