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Mexico City – The International Air Transport Association (IATA, for its acronym in English) sees positively and appreciates the decision of the Government of Mexico to work and consult with the industry to identify a feasible and safe solution to manage airspace in Mexico City, given that the government is determined to operate three airports within a confined radius of 70 kilometers.
It is this constructive dialogue that IATA has sought since the government presented its plan for three airports for Mexico City. We are ready to contribute on site our experience and resources to work with the SCT and SENEAM in order to achieve an adequate result for the country and the industry.
However, it is important that airspace management is well balanced with operational capabilities on the ground at the three airports, otherwise the expected capacity increase will be compromised.
In addition, it is important to note that airspace management is only part of the proposal of the three airports of the Government. IATA is committed to provide its experience and full immediate collaboration with the authorities in the development of the Santa Lucia Airport plan and to expand and improve the existing infrastructure at the International Airport of Mexico.
“IATA has always reiterated that the Mexican government’s plan to operate three airports in Mexico City depended on the preparation of a plan for the feasible and safe management of the respective airspace, and we very much welcome the fact that the Government has decided involve and consult the industry in this process.Advancing this issue is of high urgency, since the current airport in Mexico City is operating above its designed capacity.In solving this issue, Mexico may participate in the expected growth of the aviation sector, “said Peter Cerdá, IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Americas.
IATA published its latest study on the value of aviation in Mexico in February of this year, highlighting the possible economic benefits that the country could achieve if it fully participated in the expected growth of the industry in the next 20 years. The annual GDP would almost double from 37.1 billion dollars to 80 billion dollars, would generate about 100 million additional annual passengers, from 98 million to 196 million and would create 800,000 additional jobs, which would go from 1.4 million to 2.2 million dollars.