The first airlines announce flights from Mexico’s new airport

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Mexico City, October 28 (EFE) .- Volaris and Viva Aerobus are the first airlines to announce flights to the new Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), an iconic work by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that arouses suspicion due to its remoteness from Mexico City and insufficient infrastructure.

Juan Carlos Zuazua, managing director of Viva Aerobus, said Thursday that his low-cost airline has confirmed that it will fly from IAAF, which will be inaugurated in March 2022 north of the Mexican capital, but that the routes precise remain to be defined. .

“We are aware that these days the tariffs to operate at the airport will be published, once the public tariffs, we can define the routes. The answer is yes, we will operate a (national) domestic service, ”he said at a conference.

With the announcement, the company joined Volaris, who revealed on Wednesday that it would operate the routes from Mexico City to Tijuana and Cancun from work being built by the military on the current Santa Lucia military airbase.

“We carry around 25 million passengers per year, we have seen that only in the immediate area of ​​the new airport there is a market of 4.8 million potential customers”, argued Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris, in a statement.

But no other national airline, such as Aeromexico, or international has confirmed that it will fly in the new AIFA, for which the government has offered incentives.

Work is controversial to replace the construction of the New Mexico International Airport (NAIM), which former President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) began on Lake Texcoco and López Obrador has ordered to be canceled.

López Obrador assured that 125,000 million pesos (about $ 6,250 million) had been saved thanks to the work of Santa Lucía.

“Almost the Mayan train will be financed with the decision we have taken to build the Santa Lucía airport and not to continue with the Texcoco airport, which is flooded there,” insisted the president this morning.

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