The Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) is at the center of discussions due to the disparities in costs associated with land cargo operations when compared to the Mexico City International Airport (AICM). Transporting goods at AIFA is proving to be financially burdensome to some carriers.
The government’s decision to move all cargo carriers to AIFA from AICM has been met with a mixed reception. While the Mexican government is encouraging airlines to take advantage of AIFA’s infrastructure and services, industry representatives expressed dissatisfaction with the decision as a successful transition involves a complex process. “Neither the airlines nor the associated cargo supply chain can pack up and move to an alternative airport. This process involves complexity and must be well-planned to avoid operational disruption,” says Peter Cerdá, Regional Vice President for the Americas, IATA.
Some cargo airlines, such as AeroUnion and Mas, have already moved to AIFA. However, industry insiders report challenges in operating in the new airport. A notable distinction is that carriers are not permitted to stay overnight at AIFA, in contrast to AICM. At AICM, carriers pay a monthly fee for parking of about MX$53 (US$3.16) to MX$63 (US$3.75) per day. At AIFA, carriers must pay MX$195 (US$11.6) per hour or MX$4,680 (US$279) per day, according to El Diario. mx.
AIFA has been endorsed by the government as a hub for cargo companies and boasts a designated yard to park and dispatch cargo vehicles. This yard plays a pivotal role in ensuring smooth cargo operations by preventing unauthorized parking near the customs area, thereby enhancing overall efficiency.
The operation and administration of the designated yard at AIFA fall under the purview of Central de Actualización Logística. AIFA has witnessed significant activity In terms of cargo movement. Between January and July 2023, the airport facilitated the movement of 20.55 million kg of cargo, underscoring its pivotal role in the broader logistics landscape. However, the cost disparities faced by carriers engaged in cargo operations at AIFA compared to AICM could hinder their growth.