Mexico City Airport Implements Temporary Cut in Domestic Flights
Published byon January 5, 2024
Beginning January 8, Mexican aviation authorities are set to implement a 17% reduction in domestic flights at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) in an effort to alleviate congestion at the nation’s largest air terminal.
The AICM announced on Friday that the decrease, from 52 to 43 takeoff and landing operations per hour, will be effective next Monday, as previously agreed upon in September. The delay of three months was intended to address planning concerns related to domestic flight operations.
This temporary reduction, subject to review by aviation authorities, is outlined in a resolution published in August 2023 in the Official Gazette of the Federation. It is important to note that the regulation excludes international flights from its scope.
Despite the efforts to manage congestion, objections have been raised by business associations, expressing concerns about the potential negative impact on passengers, airlines, and workers within the sector.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) acknowledged that the challenges faced by AICM are not solely related to operational capacity but are also linked to the aging infrastructure of terminals 1 and 2, necessitating immediate intervention for modernization.
The AICM, controlled by the armed forces alongside other airports in the country, was originally designed to accommodate around 61 flights per hour. However, due to saturation, authorities decided in October 2022 to reduce operations to 52 takeoffs and landings per hour.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s cancellation of the Texcoco airport project initiated by his predecessor in December 2018, and the subsequent promotion of a new terminal at Felipe Ángeles (AIFA) further north, has faced resistance from passengers and airlines, reluctant to relocate due to its inconvenient location.
Analysts speculate that the government’s move to curtail flights at the capital’s airport might be aimed at encouraging airlines to shift their operations to AIFA, as part of a broader strategy to address aviation challenges in the region.
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