Mexican carrier Mexicana has suspended ticket sales after being granted bankruptcy protection, but continues to fly as scheduled between Gatwick and Mexico City.

The carrier flies four times a week between Gatwick and Mexico City on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It also flies regularly to Mexico City from Madrid.

Sales should partially resume on Monday through travel agents using the Amadeus global reservations system (GDS) and through all other systems the following Monday (August 16).

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) ordered ticket sales be suspended.

Mexicana has also revised its operations for onward flights from Mexico City – details are available online and on tour operator and agent GDSs.

The airline is Mexico’s biggest. A member of the OneWorld alliance alongside British Airways, it carried 11 million passengers last year and offers a substantial network across Mexico, as well as to the US, Canada and Central and South America.

Mexicana has been in trouble for more than a year after losing half its revenue during the swine-flu outbreak in Mexico in spring 2009.