Federation of pilots warns of risk due to airports in CDMX area

The simultaneous operation of two airports in and around Mexico City has led to different incidents related to aviation securitywarned this Thursday the International Federation of Airway Pilots Associations (IFALPA).

The entity indicated in the security bulletin that problems such as flights with low fuel reserves due to prolonged holding patterns or ground diversions, and a large number of ground distance warnings had been reported.

Since March 21, Felipe International Airport has been drifting (AIFA), one of the flagship projects of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, operating along Benito Juárez International Airport or Mexico City (AICM), the capital’s air terminal.

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“It appears that the control tower has had little training on how to operate this new airspace configuration,” IFALPA considered in its bulletin.

After studying the document, the Mexican Airline Pilots Trade Union Association (ASPA), which is affiliated with IFALPA, requested in a statement. meeting with aviation authorities “verify and jointly solve problems that occur in the terminal area” of the capital city.

ASPA called on authorities to heed reports “from Mexican and foreign pilots” after the capital’s airspace was redesigned.

Experts have pointed to the complications of operating two airports in a city surrounded by mountains and more than 2,200 meters above sea level.

In view of the saturation of Benito Juárez International Airport, the busiest airport in Latin America, the Mexican government previously decided to build a new HUB type air terminal in Texcoco, State of Mexico, on the outskirts of the capital.

However, López Obrador canceled the project after becoming president in December 2018 and unveiled his plans to turn a military base near the capital into a new air terminal, prompting strong criticism from investors and pundits.

The president announced this week that he will issue a decree to reduce arrivals from 61 to 50 and hourly departures at Benito Juárez International Airport and thereby diverting more operations to Felipe ngeles, which has a dozen flights daily.

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