The Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) is heading to close its first year of operations with an average of 30 daily flights , according to the itineraries of the airlines scheduled for the winter season, which includes the period from November of this year to March 2023.
During the period, an average of 903 monthly flights is expected. The highest number of operations is expected for the December high season, which will stabilize for the period from January to February and pick up again in March, according to information that the travel data provider OAG shared with Expansión .
The increase in itineraries occurs after the national airlines announced an increase in routes at the new airport, to which the entry of new companies has been added.
On the one hand, Aeromexico has been operating six AIFA routes since August 15, after ruling out the continuity of a connection to Villahermosa and postponing the opening of a flight to Cancun. With this, the airline operates to Acapulco, Guadalajara, Mérida, Monterrey, Oaxaca and Puerto Vallarta.
In addition, Volaris added nine routes in the last month to the two it already had in AIFA (Tijuana and Cancun), with which it also operates to Mérida, Mexicali, Huatulco, Puerto Escondido, La Paz, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca and Los Cabos.
Similarly, Viva Aerobus began operations on three new routes on September 1: Puerto Escondido, Acapulco and Oaxaca, in addition to Monterrey, Guadalajara and Cancun. For December, the airline also plans to start operations to Havana, Cuba.
Along with the opening of new routes, the AIFA expects the entry of two new airlines: the Dominican Arajet , which will have three weekly flights starting on September 22; and Copa Airlines , which from September 26 will fly three times a week to Tocumen International Airport, in Panama.
Previously, the federal government and the airline industry agreed on a plan for the AIFA to go from 12 to 100 daily operations , that is, about 50 flights , considering that each one has two operations, landing and takeoff.
Part of this strategy also implies a 15% reduction in the maximum number of operations per hour at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) , with the aim of relieving part of the saturation of both terminals.