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“Over the past year, there were at least 17 incidents of ground-proximity warning system alerts for planes approaching the Mexico City airport. “

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Key phrase: "The President does not like spending money on the kind of independent regulatory bodies that many say are needed to ensure safety" (lifted from the story link).

So, basically, Mexico being Mexico. How many things can be attached to that phrase? Sad. 21st century, guys. Come on...get with it. 

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Further update.... AMLO wants to use "Mexicana" as the name for the government airline. Mexicana was the national flagship carrier for Mexico, and went BK in 2010. Mexicana workers took turns for years literally camping out inside the Mexico City Airport terminal protesting unpaid wages. This should be an interesting saga....

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/army-run-airline-will-begin-operations-by-the-end-of-2023-according-to-amlo/?utm_source=MND mail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MNT&pnespid=rLg.EDhGKLpL2vPc9ymxQ4uF7hy1UssuMrWzkPlu8x9mPdGc2gRpnOWUY3UWk6omYkZJT2Xkdw

 

Army-run airline will begin operations by the end of 2023: AMLO

MND Staff

December 7, 2022

Mexicana airlines ceased operations in 2010 and President López Obrador wishes to revive the name for the new state-run airline. (Wikipedia)

Mexico’s state-owned commercial airline will begin operations in late 2023, President López Obrador announced Monday during his regular morning press conference.

The airline will be run by the Ministry of Defense (Sedena) as part of its airline and tourism firm Olmeca-Maya-Mexica Airport, Railroad and Auxiliary Services Group. The army-run company is also responsible for operating the Maya Train railroad and the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA). 

“The new airline will begin operations in a year, this is the plan for the end of next year, along with the operation of the [Maya] Train and the appraisal of the Mexicana brand,” President López Obrador said. 

The airline will lower the cost of airfare while serving cities that current routes do not frequently reach, according to the president. He added that the country’s entire aviation system will be improved. 

The president made his announcement from Campeche, where he was joined by the governor Layda Sansores (far left) as well as the Defense Minister and Interior Minister. (Presidencia de la República)

The name Mexicana comes from the former national airline that ceased operations in 2010. The airline’s downfall was marked by corruption and mismanagement, leaving over 8,000 employees without jobs. President López Obrador has said that the new airline, consisting of a fleet of 10 leased planes, will be staffed by these individuals. 

The airline will also include the presidential plane, which the president has failed to sell. It will be used to reward airline workers and their families, he said in November.

Information about the proposed airline was first leaked by the Guacamaya hacking group, which infiltrated Sedena’s internal communications and resulted in a breach of millions of emails. 

The airline’s viability has been questioned, as its operating costs could be between 1 billion and 1.8 billion pesos (or around US$50-90 million). Moreover, it is illegal for a company to operate an airline and an airport simultaneously, although this could possibly be circumvented by presidential decree. There is also doubt that travelers would be willing to fly with a military-run airline given the armed forces’ record of fatal aviation accidents. 

President López Obrador also announced that Sedena will be charged with managing the Chetumal, Palenque, and Campeche airports. The Navy (Semar) will operate the airport in Ciudad del Carmen. 

“In the case of Campeche, it will be [Sedena] because of the Maya Train, and in the case of Ciudad del Carmen it will be the Navy because they are in charge of serving the entire sea of Campeche and our country’s oil region,” the president said. 

President López Obrador has been widely criticized for his heavy reliance on the military for tasks such as public security and the construction of several key infrastructure projects.

With reports from Mileno and El Financiero

 

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Pack a lunch to fly out of this remote airport... like an hour from Mexico City with no mass transit link yet.... fucking AMLO nuked the new CDMX Airport when it was 30% completed, costing the national shitloads in contracts they were obligated to pay despite the cancellation....

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/travel/more-passengers-aifa-airport-mishaps/

 

More passengers flying out of Felipe Ángeles airport, but mishaps continue

MND Staff

December 1, 2022

 

Passengers make their way through the new Felipe Ángeles International Airport in May. (Moisés Pablo Nava / Cuartoscuro.com)

Passenger numbers at the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) almost doubled between September and October and have increased almost 400% since the new facility’s first full month of operations earlier this year.

A total of 173,873 passengers used the México state airport in October, a 90.9% increase compared to September.

The former figure is 397% higher than the 34,981 passengers who passed through AIFA in April. The airport, located about 50 kilometers north of central Mexico City, opened on March 21.

Much of the 90.9% month-over-month increase in passenger traffic came from higher passenger numbers on flights between AIFA and Cancún and AIFA and Guadalajara.

Aeroméxico, Volaris and VivaAerobus offer flights on AIFA’s most popular routes, which connect to Cancún and Guadalajara. (File photo)

Passenger numbers on each of those two routes increased by more than 25,000 in October compared to September, and thus 61% of the total increase in airport users came from people flying to and from the Quintana Roo resort city and the Jalisco capital.

Aeroméxico and Volaris both fly to Cancún from AIFA, while those two airlines and Viva Aerobús operate between the new airport and Guadalajara.

Among the other routes that saw higher passenger numbers in October were AIFA-Monterrey and AIFA-Mexicali.

Aeroméxico, Volaris and Viva Aerobús have all recently increased the number of flights they operate to and from AIFA, which was built by the army on an Air Force base in the municipality of Zumpango. They have been forced to reduce flight numbers at the Mexico City International Airport because the number of operations per hour has been cut there by 15% for the winter season.

President López Obrador’s idea to allow foreign airlines to operate domestic routes in Mexico could also help increase flight and passenger numbers at AIFA, but a law change is required for it to become reality.

One challenge the airport faces as it seeks to maintain growth in passenger numbers is keeping intruders out. Earlier this year, AIFA awarded a 26.4-million-peso (about US $1.4 million) contract to a company to control “harmful fauna” in and around the airport, according to a report by the news website Infobae.

Servipro de México’s job is to “drive away or even kill animals such as mice, ants, flies, mosquitos, cats, dogs and wild birds that represent a risk to the operation of aircraft on the take-off and landing runways,” Infobae reported.

However, the company’s work failed to keep stray dogs off the runway earlier this week. A passenger flying into AIFA from Oaxaca on Monday reported on Twitter that pilots on a Volaris plane had to abort their landing due to the presence of dogs on the runway.

AIFA officials have reportedly struggled to keep the runways clear of stray dogs and other animals. (Twitter @mrxmx2019)

“We had to do a go-around … because the control tower informed the pilots that there were dogs on the runway,” wrote the Twitter user Chip Diamond, who shared a video of the aborted landing.

“This is the level of security travelers have at AIFA,” he added.

He also shared an audio clip in which a person — purportedly a Volaris pilot — remarked in English that “the tower reported some dogs on the runway.”

AIFA hasn’t publicly commented on the presence of canine intruders, but the dogs were reportedly captured by airport personnel and transported to an army-run shelter called Los Perritos de Santa Lucía, or The Doggies of Santa Lucía.

With reports from Expansión and Infobae 

 

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An international airport that can't keep dogs off the runway? Yeah, this'll go well. Right. And a military run passenger airport? Again, can't see any issue with that. Can't see any happenstance conflicts there, say with cartels or old ass refurbished planes. Nope nope not at all.

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17 minutes ago, Carlafan said:

An international airport that can't keep dogs off the runway? Yeah, this'll go well. Right. And a military run passenger airport? Again, can't see any issue with that. Can't see any happenstance conflicts there, say with cartels or old ass refurbished planes. Nope nope not at all.

AMLO says they will be leasing 10 planes. My guess is some sort of regional jet, not full-size Boeing 737 (like AeroMexico flies) or Airbus 319, 320, 321 (like Volaris and Viva Aerobus fly). My guess is they will use Embraer ERJ 145ER like Aero Calafia and TAR Aerolinas use (50 passenger jets).

It will be interesting to see what cities are selected for service. I assume this new "government" airline will be based and have their hub at the new shitty Mexico City airport at that Army Base....

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2 hours ago, TJ Flyer said:

President López Obrador has said that the new airline, consisting of a fleet of 10 leased planes, will be staffed by these individuals.

Lemme get this straight. The same people who ran the thing into the ground because of mismanagement and corruption will now be running the joint again? Overseen by a another giant bureaucracy, and owned by a corrupt gov't that has no profit motive? 

Yep. Sounds legit...

 

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Lemme get this straight. The same people who ran the thing into the ground because of mismanagement and corruption will now be running the joint again? Overseen by a another giant bureaucracy, and owned by a corrupt gov't that has no profit motive? 

Yep. Sounds legit...

Well, they would use the same name - Mexicana - as the long-defunct airline. But, it would be run by the military and the government....

For those of us that drive into Mexico at El Chaparral or Otay, you may have noticed that most of the staff at the Mexican ports of entry are now Guardia Nactional with just a few Aduna staff still there...

And, although the airports in Mexico are all owned by the Federal government, they are operated by the private section. AMLO is moving to change that with the military - Army or Navy - operating Mexican airports. For example, Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V or "GAP" operates 12 airports in the Pacific region of Mexico. Including the following airports: Guadalajara and Tijuana serving the main metropolitan areas. Mexicali, Hermosillo, Los Mochis, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato and Morelia, serving médium-size cities.

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"Well, it's an older name, not recent". Ok, that's better.

Military run airports in a disorganized, corrupt, compromised country...:facepalm:

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