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The 7th Annual “Vibrant Heritage” Mexican Artisan Expo, being held at the McAllen Creative Incubator on North Main Street, runs through Sunday, November 8.

McALLEN, RGV – Aeromar, the Mexican airline that currently offers flights from McAllen to Mexico City and back, is looking into the possibility of providing a service from McAllen to Monterrey and McAllen to Guadalajara.

Martin Cobian Torres, Aeromar’s regional manager for northeast Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley, talked to reporters about his company’s expansion plans while attending the first day of the 7th Annual “Vibrant Heritage” Mexican Artisan Expo at the McAllen Creative Incubator. Aeromar is celebrating its 28th year of business and its third year of operations at the McAllen International Airport.

“We are looking at expanding the number of flights from McAllen to Mexico City and reviewing the data to see what other potential opportunities we have, such as flights from McAllen to Monterrey and McAllen to Guadalajara,” Cobian Torres told the Rio Grande Guardian.

Transportes Aeromar, S.A. de C.V, a privately owned Mexican company founded in 1987, owns Aeromar. It began operations as a regional carrier from Toluca’s Airport but a year later moved its headquarters to Mexico City’s International Airport. It operates an average of 100 daily flights, with a fleet comprised of 14 ATR-42s and two ATR72-600s. Its targeted audience is the business executive. Currently, its only presence in the United States is McAllen.

Cobian Torres said he is very much aware of the growth of the Valley and the increased trade occurring between Mexico and Texas. “We are very happy to be in McAllen. There is a lot of commercial travel between McAllen and Mexico City and we think this will grow. We are looking into offering more frequent flights and more destinations.”

The 7th Annual “Vibrant Heritage” Mexican Artisan Expo started Friday and runs through Sunday, November 8. It is free to the public. The event is hosted by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate in McAllen and sponsored by De Albas, McAllen International Airport and Palenque Grill. “More than 80 artisans representing over 12 Mexican States will display some of the best arts, clothing, crafts and candies Mexico is renowned for,” said Luis Cantu, vice president of International Business & Community Development at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.

The McAllen Creative Incubator is located in the old McAllen Main St. Library at 601 N. Main.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying this story features Luis Cantu, vice president of International Business & Community Development for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, and Martin Cobian Torres, Aeromar’s regional manager for northeast Mexico.