Three days before the inauguration of the new Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), Andrés Conesa, CEO of Aeroméxico, said that the airline is ready to start operating the first two routes that it will offer in the new airport, however, he expressed his concern because the accesses are not ready yet.
“I was there three weeks ago, it is an airport that is very well done, the runways are very good, as is the counter area. It was also built in record time. The only thing that worries us, and we have already given it to Knowing the authority is access. Today accesses are complicated to reach, they are not ready yet,” Conesa said in an interview with W Radio.
The new AIFA will be inaugurated next Monday, March 21, and as of that day, Aeroméxico will have two routes, one to Mérida, Yucatán, and another to Villa Hermosa, Tabasco. The CEO of the airline said that the crew that will operate the inaugural flights will sleep in a hotel near the airport and that in the following days the pilots and stewardesses will spend the night at the Holiday Inn, which is the first hotel that will operate in the AIFA.
“We have a flight that leaves very early, at 6:30 am, so it would be very difficult to be there at 4:00 or 5:00 am to operate a flight … Starting Monday night, and forward, yes we are going to have crews that spend the night there,” Conesa explained.
The director explained in the interview with W Radio that they do not contemplate a transport that connects the new AIFA with the two terminals of the Mexico City International Airport (AICM). “At no airport do we have this transportation service for passengers to arrive,” he said.
Conesa explained that the choice of the first two routes was due to the fact that a high percentage of the airline’s customers who live near the area travel to those two cities.
“We decided to start with these two destinations because we have in Club Premier, which is our loyalty program, information from our customers. We know where they travel to, where they leave from, and we saw that from the area of influence of Santa Lucía, 20 kilometers to the round, these two routes were the most used,” he explained.
Conesa said that the two routes will be complementary, and will not replace, those that Aeroméxico offers to Mérida and Villa Hermosa in the AICM. “Then there will be nine daily flights to Mérida from CDMX, plus the one that will depart from Santa Lucía. The same will happen with Villa Hermosa.”
The CEO of Aeroméxico said “to be open” to the opening of new routes in the AIFA, depending on the demand that there is in the future.