Reduced Flights at AICM / Héctor Javiel Villarreal Hernández
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Reduced Flights at AICM / Héctor Javiel Villarreal Hernández

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Karin Dilge By Karin Dilge | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Fri, 09/01/2023 - 11:53

Flights Reduced at AICM. Flights at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) were reduced from 52 to 43 per hour following an order from Civil Protection authorities that warned that operating at 150% capacity could lead to more serious problems. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated that this decision was made following the airlines' failure to comply with imposed restrictions.

The president pointed out that saturation at AICM was a result of the previous government's strategy to promote the construction of the Texcoco Airport. He said that "operations continued to grow because there is more traffic and the number of operations that can be carried out have already been exceeded. The airport has been operating at 150% of its capacity, which represents an overcapacity of 50%, and there are already traffic problems. We want to act responsibly. There is a recommendation from Civil Protection, so we had to make the decision to reduce operations from 52 to 43 per hour. It is the airport with the most operations in the country and we are talking about millions of passengers."

López Obrador mentioned that airline executives did not fulfill the agreement they made and attempted to act as they did in previous governments, going above the President of the Republic. López Obrador mentioned that there is resistance to changing operations, similar to what happened with cargo planes moving to the Felipe Ángeles Airport (AIFA). What is more, President López Obrador stated that the return of Category 1 in aviation safety for Mexico has no relation whatsoever to the recent announcement of reduced operations at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM). 

“The Category 1 rating has absolutely nothing to do with it. It has to do, with all due respect, with a very arrogant attitude from the agencies in the US that provide these ratings," he expressed. The president mentioned that all the necessary documentation was submitted for the ongoing re-categorization process and even their recommendations were followed.

Héctor Javiel Villarreal Hernández. President López Obrador announced that the US has not yet sent the money it confiscated from Héctor Javier Villarreal Hernández, the former treasurer of Coahuila. 

"They told us that the money confiscated from a finance official of the government of Coahuila, which was taken from him in the US, was going to be returned to us. We are waiting for the money to arrive; it has been four months, and they have not sent anything," he said. 

On April 12, the president announced that the US government had sent a formal document to the Attorney General's Office (FGR) regarding the return of the money. This money amounts to US$246 million that was seized from Villarreal Hernández, who also served as the head of the Tax Administration Service (SAT) during Humberto Moreira's government.

President López Obrador stated on Thursday that the funds belong to Mexico and that announcements have been made, but the process has been taking a long time.

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