López Obrador Inaugurates Highway to AIFA
President López Obrador visited the State of Mexico to inaugurate the highway access to the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), one of his most important and controversial infrastructure projects. The highway is expected to cut travel times for airport users and boost logistical capacities for companies. With the inauguration of this project, AIFA’s connectivity plan comes close to completion.
López Obrador, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum; the governor of the State of Mexico, Alfredo del Mazo; the Minister of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation, Jorge Nuño, attended an inauguration ceremony for the Camino a Tonanitla (CT) Highway, as well as the heads of Ecatepec, Tecamac, Tonanitla, Nextlalpan, Jaltenco and Zumpango municipalities.
According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT), the CT highway is 14.1km in length and has the capacity for 40,000 vehicles every day. The toll-free CT highway will connect the municipalities of Ecatepec, Tecamac, Tonanitla, Nextlalpan, Jaltenco and Zumpango with AIFA’s roundabout. The highway starts at the Puente de Fierro bridge in Ecatepec. Before the construction of the highway, it took 45 minutes to get to the airport, whereas it would only take 10 minutes now. SICT highlighted that the highway also features junctions.
According to Nuño, the project is proof of the coordination of all levels of government to join efforts and deliver projects. He added that AIFA’s distance from Mexico City, one of the main points AIFA detractors stressed to stop its construction, is no longer an issue.
Del Mazo added that the project has the potential to expand the area’s logistic, industrial and commercial capabilities.
According to Nuño, other projects aim to improve AIFA’s connectivity, like part of the Suburban Train that goes from Lechería station to AIFA. SICT reported that the Suburban Train’s expansion reported a 40% progress and is expected to be finished before the end of 2023.
On Jan. 25, 2022, the federal government announced three projects to improve AIFA’s connectivity: the upgrade of the San Jeronimo highway that connects AIFA with the Mexico-Pachuca highway, the CT highway and the rail link via the Suburban Train. While the first two projects have already been completed, the Suburban Train expansion is still under construction and is expected to go from Buenavista in Mexico City to AIFA in only 39 minutes.