In attempting to handle the overwhelming inflow of vacationers arriving to its shores day by day, Mexico is inaugurating a brand new airport serving Mexico City, its busy, metropolitan capital. While these would usually be excellent news, particularly contemplating how chaotic Mexico City’s International Airport – AICM has turn out to be over the previous few years, vacationers could also be shocked to know they may now discover themselves touchdown 30 miles out of town when visiting.
Baptized Felipe Angeles International Airport (IATA code NLU), Mexico City’s new worldwide hub is positioned in Santa Lucia, within the municipality of Zumpango, State of Mexico. Due to be totally operational later this month, the airport is charged with the duty of assuaging strain on the neighboring AICM. It could, in actual fact, host various flights initially certain for the opposite airport, with Mexican carriers among the many first to announce adjustments.
Mexico City’s New International Airport Is Far. Really Far.
While there’s clearly a saturation problem famous in Mexico’s International Airport, which has been working in extra of its personal capability, the soon-to-be-introduced AIFA might exacerbate the pains of touring, particularly for these arriving in medium and long-haul flights from Canada, the U.S., or Europe. Located 30.3 miles or 48.8 kilometers from Mexico City’s historic middle, the airport’s suboptimal location will inevitably add further prices – and time – to itineraries.
As said by the nation’s Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC), Mexico City’s current worldwide airport already handles 50% of home operations, with any delays skilled there affecting airports throughout the entire nationwide territory. Additionally, AFAC warned of “threats” related to an overworked airport. According to them, exceeding capability at AICM terminal buildings “place nationwide safety and aviation operations in danger“.
Recently, Mexico has been struggling to handle extremely excessive arrival figures, attributable to its standing as a rustic with nearly no Covid entry restrictions. The state of affairs has been significantly worrying alongside its Caribbean coast, the place locations like Cancun and Tulum take the brunt of overtourism. Cancun Airport has already taken steps in direction of streamlining border control for Americans visiting, amid stories of bottlenecks on arrival halls. These considerations are unsurprisingly mirrored by Mexico City’s personal airport.
In a current report, printed within the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF), the Mexican authorities went so far as formally declaring each AICM terminals to be saturated, citing an extra in numbers of allowed takeoffs and landings in particular occasions of the day. Specifically, Terminal 1 is dealing with extra flights than it ought to from 5 am to 11 pm, whereas Terminal 2 will get dangerously busy between 6 am and eight pm, and once more from 9 pm to 11 pm.
Shockingly sufficient, the airport is but to succeed in pre-pandemic ranges, though arrival numbers present no indicators of reducing, with Mexico being at present on observe to assert the title of being the most visited country in the world. Taking these components into consideration, it’s no shock authorities officers have positioned their bets on AIFA sharing the burden with the ever-busier AICM.
With Mexico’s participation within the launch of a new tourist route across the Mayan World, in partnership with neighbors Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the introduction of a brand new worldwide airport might velocity up the integration course of and additional increase connectivity between these different locations and the Mexican capital.
However, as talked about above, the new airport will not be favored by vacationers keen to succeed in Mexico City as rapidly as doable. AIFA is inconveniently positioned roughly an hour-drive away from the Historic Center, and whereas we are able to safely guess there is not going to be a scarcity of taxi cabs and personal transfers obtainable, visitors and different mobility issues should still be a trigger for concern.
How Much Will It Cost Leaving From And Getting to The Airport?
What about finances vacationers? After all, Uber fares might vary anyplace from only USD 14.24 to USD 40.43, relying on the customer’s AirBnB or resort deal with in Mexico City or their departure level. According to Retired General Isodoro Pastor Román, CEO of AIFA Sa de CV, “there is a company that, with a very pertinent business vision, is going to place dedicated buses and vans”.
Elaborating on the subject, Román talked about the buses may have “enough compartments” for baggage and can attain as a lot as 9 totally different areas in and round Mexico City, together with the previous airport. As for costs, they oscillate between 50 pesos, or USD 2.38 on the closest bus cease to the brand new airport, as much as 150 pesos, or USD 7.15 on the furthest level. The planned stops are these listed under:
- Ciudad Azteca, 35 km from AIFA;
- Indios Verdes, 41 km;
- International Airport of Mexico City, 50 km;
- Cuatitlán Izcalli, 52 km;
- Mundo E, 55 km;
- The National Auditorium, 55 km;
- The WTC, 55 km;
- Santa Fe, 66 km;
- Perisur, on the furthest 73 km.
Román additionally assured guests there shall be “no land mobility setbacks to reach the air terminal”, as different routes such because the Circuito Exterior Mexiquense shall be strengthened, with new roads opening up to hyperlink Mexico City and the airport. One of these, that’s 7 km lengthy, is “virtually completed and prepared“. As estimated by him, this route solely must be interconnected with the street distributor and shall be prepared by March twenty first in time for the inauguration.
Which Airlines Are Moving Their Flights To The New Airport?
As for airways shifting their Mexico City flights to AIFA, all three main Mexican carriers – Aeromexico, Volaris and Viva Aerobus – have introduced plans to launch service kind the brand new airport. When it involves Volaris and Viva Aerobus particularly, they refer respectively to flights to locations resembling Cancun and Tijuana, and Guadalajara and Monterrey. Aeromexico has thus far confirmed flights only to Merida and Villahermosa.
Due to AICM’s saturation, different worldwide airways might comply with go well with in shifting operations to the brand new airport, although AIFA’s listing of locations continues to be being drawn up. So far, except for Venezuelan carrier Conviasa, which is able to provide flights between AIFA and Caracas, there was no announcement regarding different main worldwide routes.
According to the federal government, the airport can already obtain up to 20 million passengers in its first section, bumping as much as 80 million at a later stage. Whether these expectations shall be fulfilled, or whether or not Mexico City’s International Airport will profit from the upcoming inauguration, is but to be seen.
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