July 2023 was Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) busiest month to date. The surge in activity can be attributed to the introduction of five domestic routes by various low-cost airlines within the month to cater to holiday travelers.
The terminal now surpasses the 60 daily operations recorded in the previous semester. The airport has also seen a surge in passenger traffic, totalling 2.35 million from its inauguration on March 21, 2022, to July 2023. The total number of operations during that period amounts to 217,771. These numbers are noteworthy considering the limitations posed by the airport’s limited road access.
Since 2022, AIFA has actively worked to expand its operations, a process that has involved collaboration with commercial partners on both national and international fronts. In line with its strategy, the airport took advantage of its social media presence to roll out a summer promotion. Through social media and other platforms, the airport introduced offers for beach destinations at competitive prices, reports El Economista. The airport currently offers flights to 12 beach destinations.
AIFA manages flights to numerous domestic destinations, including: Zihuatanejo, Guerrero; Hermosillo, Sonora; Mazatlan, Sinaloa; Culiacan, Sinaloa; and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. The airport also offers flights to five international destinations: Houston, the US; La Habana, Cuba; Caracas, Venezuela; Panama, Panama; and the Dominican Republic. AIFA receives flights from Aeroméxico, VivaAerobus, Volaris, Magnicharters, Conviasa, Copa Airlines and Arajet.
AIFA will also become the home base for the new Mexicana de Aviación, housing its primary installation. Thanks to its extensive network, AIFA aims to position itself as a vital player in the industry but some of its routes had to be put on pause due to the limited demand.
While the airport saw a surge in demand during Summer 2023, it is unclear whether traffic will continue growing during Autumn and Winter. But the airport expects an increase in traffic as cargo airlines move from Mexico City International Airport (AICM).