Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA) finally managed to get into the Top-10 in terms of domestic passenger traffic.
Throughout December, The Santa Lucía terminal, in the State of Mexico, transported 200,000 passengers in regular service within the Mexican territory and it was its best month since it was inaugurated on March 21.
Considered by the President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as “the best airport in Latin America”, the Felipe Ángeles was placed in position 10 by volume of passengers on domestic routes out of a list of 62 airports who received people last month.
Saint Lucia stands alone under the terminals in Mexico City, Tijuana, Guadalajara, Cancún, Monterrey, Mérida, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Culiacán, in that order, according to the most recent information from the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC).
The capital airport served 2.9 million domestic travelers in December, that is, 14 times more than AIFA.
However, the Felipe Ángeles “takes flight” quickly and passes other Mexican airports, since it went from receiving 14,000 domestic passengers last March to 200,000 in December.
The flow will increase when land connectivity at the Felipe Ángeles airport improves, said Jonathan Félix, an aviation sector analyst at Verum.
The Santa Lucía terminal captures the largest volume of people for domestic flights, since they represent 96% of your total traffic.
Routes outside the country
Regarding international flights, AIFA is limited due to the fact that the national air system lost category 1 in safety in May 2021which prohibits the airlines Mexican companies open new routes to the United States, the main foreign market.
The Felipe Angeles captured almost 12,000 international travelers in December and it is the largest monthly flow since its inauguration, the majority of which was through flights with Panama, Cuba and Venezuela.
However, Saint Lucia is still far from the rest of airportssince it occupies the 19th position among the terminals with connections outside the country.
“People are beginning to like AIFA, because it is faster and more comfortable, due to the agility in the arrival and departure times of the aircraft. When the expansion of the Suburban Train is completed, the terminal will surely be used more,” said Armando Bojórquez, president of the Association for Culture and Tourism in Latin America (Actual).
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