Mexican Airspace to be Surveilled by Military
The Mexican airspace will be controlled and surveilled by the Ministry of Defense after the Chamber of Deputies voted in favor of the decision. In addition, CONAMER approved the resolution to ban cargo operations at the Mexico City Airport (AICM) and shift them to the new Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA). Furthermore, passenger traffic increased in January compared to last year.
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Chamber of Deputies Grants SEDENA Control of Mexican Airspace
The Mexican Chamber of Deputies has approved a new Airspace Law, granting the Ministry of Defense (SEDENA) control and surveillance over the Mexican skies. The law was approved with 261 votes in favor, 198 against and 26 abstentions, following an initiative by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
CONAMER Approves Ban on Cargo Operations at AICM
The National Commission for Regulatory Improvement (CONAMER) has issued a final verdict approving the Mexican government’s proposal to ban the operation of cargo-exclusive airlines at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM). The resolution points to concerns about the terminal's saturation and potential for accidents.
Another Chinese Stratospheric Balloon Detected in LATAM
After the detection of two Chinese stratospheric balloons above the American continent, tensions between China and the US escalated. China said that the balloons deviated from the planned route due to weather problems and assured that they were not for espionage. Despite the statement, several countries such as Mexico are checking their airspace in case the balloon poses any risk.
ASA Network Reports 16.1% Growth in January 2023
The Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA) Network announced a growth of 16.1% in passenger services during January 2023. ASA Network highlighted that it aims to increase national air connectivity with safe and quality air services, committing all its 19 airports to provide the best service.
Viva Aerobus Grows Passenger Traffic by 20.2% in January
Mexican ultra-low-cost airline Viva Aerobus reports a year-over-year increase in total passenger traffic of 20.2% in January 2023. The airline was also recently recognized for its modern fleet and its success as a low-cost airline.
GAP to Raise MX$4.5 billion Sustainability Bond
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) plans to raise a sustainability bond in 2023. The group is also reporting a positive year after growing its total passenger traffic and investing to improve its terminals.
GAP Presents Passenger Traffic Results, Investment Plans
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), which operates 12 airports in Mexico, announced an increase in passenger traffic of 33.1% in January 2023 compared to the same month in 2022. GAP is also investing MX$10 billion (US$528 million) in its airports during 2023.