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AIFA Will Increase Flights/New Toltec Train Proposed

By Paloma Duran | Wed, 05/11/2022 - 12:02

AIFA flights. The Director of Networks of the Presidency Spokesperson Ana García stressed that there is no decree that forces airlines to increase their flights at the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA). In addition, García explained that the increase in flights has been thanks to agreements between authorities and airlines. “There is no decree that forces airlines to increase flights to the AIFA. The media tells the opposite, the truth is that we have good agreements with Aeroméxico, Volaris and Viva Aerobús.”

Previously, Vice Minister of Transportation Rogelio Pons announced that the government would publish a decree to reduce to 50 arrivals and departures per hour at the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM) so that the AIFA would have more flights. In addition, it was clarified that the airlines and the government have agreed to move 204 daily operations from the AICM to the AIFA. Starting in July, Aeroméxico will move between 30 routes and 60 operations to the AIFA, Volaris will move 20 routes and 40 operations, while Viva Aerobus will change 10 routes.

Presidential elections 2024. López Obrador stressed that during the 2024 presidential elections, the government will guarantee free elections and, above all, Mexican´s right to vote will be respected. In addition, López Obrador said that special mechanisms will be implemented to prevent electoral fraud. “We are going to guarantee that the elections are free and without any type of fraud, just like it happened in the midterm elections where for the first time no votes were bought. We are going to continue fighting so that electoral fraud disappears. That is the change we need.”

In 2024, the next presidential elections will be held in June in Mexico. Likewise, governors will be elected in Mexico City, Chiapas, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos, Puebla, Tabasco, Veracruz and Yucatan. According to a Reforma poll, MORENA leads since47 percent of those interviewed said they will vote for the party. Meanwhile, the PAN has 19 percent of the vote, the PRI 18 percent and Movimiento Ciudadano (Citizen Movement) 6 percent. MORENA's favorite candidates for the presidency are Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum.

AMLO's stance regarding the Summit of the Americas faces criticism. López Obrador criticized those who have criticized him for deciding not to go to the Summit of the Americas if representatives of all American countries are not invited. López Obrador explained that his position is not because he wants to cause controversy, but rather to promote respect for the sovereignty of all countries. “What we are looking for is that an agreement be reached so that we all participate, all American countries. Let no country exclude another.”

After López Obrador´s  announcement that he may not attend the Summit of the Americas, experts warned that it could affect the country's relationship with the US, Mexico's main trading partner. Erika Ruiz, Associate of the Mexican Council for International Affairs (COMEXI), said that the president's statement and his possible absence from the Summit would take away Mexico’s opportunity to become a closer partner of the US. Ruiz explained that since the world is going through very tense geopolitical times, the US needs to know which countries it can count on. As a result, López Obrador’s statement is expected to increase tensions between the two countries. Ruiz explained that the relationship was already tense since Mexico refused to implement sanctions against Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.

Opposition groups propose to build the Toltec Train. López Obrador said that the proposal of the PRI-PAN-PRD candidate for the governorship of Hidalgo Carolina Viggiano to build a Toltec Train does not make sense because it contradicts the parties' criticism to the Mayan Train. “Yesterday I heard that they are going to set up a Toltec Train if they win. It does not make sense but well at least they will not be against the Mayan Train anymore."Yesterday, Viggiano announced that if she wins the governorship, a train will be built to connect Hidalgo with the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) and Mexico City. Viggiano explained that in addition to taking advantage of the 47 km of Hidalgo's railway network that are not being used, the train will attract more investment and tourism to the state. Viggiano stressed that the Toltec Train, unlike the Mayan Train, will not affect the environment or rural communities.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Gobierno de México, Milenio
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Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Journalist and Industry Analyst