AIFA Might Alleviate AICM’s Saturation
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AIFA Might Alleviate AICM’s Saturation

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Sofía Hanna By Sofía Hanna | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Mon, 03/07/2022 - 14:51

Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) informed that terminal buildings 1 and 2 of Mexico City International Airport (AICM) were saturated once again. Given the situation, the ministry requested a rigorous analysis to make better use of the infrastructure of the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) to support AICM.


AICM “will be adopting the necessary measures to guarantee the optimal operation of the airport and the adequate provision of public service,” reads a SEGOB statement. AICM’s terminal  1 is reportedly saturated from 05:00 a.m. to 10:59 p.m, while terminal 2 from 06:00 a.m. to 7:59 p.m. and from 9:00 p.m. to 10:59 p.m. The report comes less than a month before the inauguration of AIFA, which will start with only eight operations. 


The Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC) will soon notify the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of AIFA’s intention to begin operating as an international airport 28 days after its inauguration. "AIFA has the infrastructure, facilities, identification signs, equipment and adequate services to serve the aircraft, passengers, cargo and mail of the national and international air transport service, following the guidelines established in the current global framework,” said the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT).


This change might force the reconfiguration of Mexico’s entire airport infrastructure for upcoming and existing flights. Flights that are already on the schedule could have to change their landing or departure airport in the coming weeks. 


The AICM has been saturated for years but the problem was alleviated once the COVID-19 pandemic grounded many flights. The concern is that the airport is gain saturated despite failing to return to pre-pandemic traffic levels, according to El Financiero.


Air navigation information firm Jappesen warned that the Mexican Government has not yet published AICM’s necessary procedures for aircraft approaches and landing procedures. Jappesen requests for this  information to be made public so that crews can consider it.

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