The federal government's attempts to reduce operations to 43 flights per hour at AICM is anticipated to have far-reaching implications, potentially leading to the cancellation of approximately 15,000 flights during the upcoming winter season.
Following this reduction, scheduled to take effect on Oct. 29, one of the prominent changes is the necessity for adjustments in flight slot times. Airports like AIQ are eyeing this opportunity to attract Bajio Region passengers. They are gearing up to enhance their infrastructure to accommodate the expected surge in traffic, providing an alternative route for travelers. Faced with the growth and expansion, AIQ has been in development a growth and expansion strategy for months, involving not only airlines but also the strategic sectors that influence the AIQ. In addition to extending the terminal, two additional telescopic walkways will be installed to support the expansion plans of the airlines.
By offering an alternative to the congested AICM, AIQ aims to establish itself as a viable gateway for travelers.
For airlines, the focus is on securing a well-defined strategy for infrastructure investment and modernization. The objective is to create a world-class airport system that prioritizes passenger interests and safety, while preserving their rights. Major carriers, including Aeroméxico, Volaris and Viva Aerobus, have voiced their concerns regarding the potential repercussions of these reductions. They stress the importance of dialogue and consensus to ensure uninterrupted connectivity within the country.
"We reiterate our strong willingness for constructive dialogue and collaborative work, reminding that, following last year's request for a reduction in operations at AICM, Viva fully complied with the agreement," the airline expressed through a statement.
Addressing the issue from a safety perspective, Colegio de Pilotos Aviadores de México (CPAM) calls on aviation authorities to reconsider their decision. CPAM advocates for measures that limit non-essential travelers at AICM, ensuring safety within the terminal area without infringing on passengers' rights.
As a response to the challenges posed by these reductions, the government has allocated an additional US$1.5 billion to AICM's budget for 2024. These funds will be dedicated to enhancing airside infrastructure and bolstering security measures, effectively addressing the capacity issues currently plaguing the airport.