Experts Approve of AIFA as Primary Cargo Hub: SICT
The Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport (SICT) announced that cargo companies validated the use of the Felipe Angeles International Airport’s (AIFA) infrastructure as a cargo hub, alleging it complies with the technological and infrastructure needs of the sector. However, The Mexican Front for Defense of National Aviation (FDAN) warned that the airport lacks the necessary infrastructure to attend the forecasted demand.
SICT explained that the terminal has an initial physical capacity of 62,208m2, which will serve for operational and logistics processes for the reception and transfer of cargo. Jorge Nuño Lara, Head, SICT, gave a tour of the airport’s facilities to 50 national and foreign representatives of the cargo, transport and fiscal sectors. The tour aimed to show that AIFA can comply with the technological and operational requirements needed for cargo operations.
The airport has large storage warehouses, fiscal precincts, petition areas, storage spaces for substances of high risk or economic value, offices and areas for dogs, among other spaces vital to air cargo operations and to the transportation of goods. SICT explains that the visitors were able to observe the loading and parking platform for ground support equipment, the merchandise evaluation platforms for imports and exports, 12 warehouses for handling foreign merchandise, two buildings for customs and one for services. They also received a tour of the airport’s X-ray equipment, system rails for the inspection of goods (PITA), tools for oversized cargo, offices for authorities and general parking.
SICT highlighted via press release that the airport will eventually add over 47,520m2 to its facilities to be able to handle “up to 360,000 tons of merchandise from the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), with benefits in the medium and long term for the national and international air cargo sector that operates in Mexico.”
However, the FDAN argued that the relocation must undergo an in-depth analysis, as handling the large volumes of cargo managed at AICM requires complex tasks. FDAN member Jesús Navarro Parada, President, College of Mexican Aeronautical Engineers (CIMA), argued that the relocation is a complex procedure that requires specific infrastructure and advanced equipment. Navarro highlighted that the airport must have refrigerated warehouses to maintain fruits and medicines to manage perishable products and live animals, which requires a well-developed plan, as reported by MBN.