Santamarina Steta

Airspace Suffers Cost of Operating Per Consultation

The new configuration sets pilots and operators in unnecessary predicaments..

The reconfiguration of the airspace in the Valley of Mexico to give rise to the operation of the AIFA has given more problems than solutions, and the new configuration puts pilots and air operators in unnecessary predicaments, indicated Juan Carlos Machorro, a partner in the firm Santamarina y Steta.

The partner in charge of the Transactional area and an aeronautics and airport infrastructure expert said that the reconfiguration results in longer approach routes, delays, excessive fuel consumption, and noise pollution. And this operates the AICM at 70 percent of the pre-pandemic stage.

Machorro reviewed the counterproductive measures that have generated costs and risks for the Mexican airport system. He highlighted that more than 30 years ago, all the feasibility studies showed that the only viable alternative was Texcoco.

“We are suffering the consequence of acting based on a consultation without methodological rigor and legal support. By consulting and by decree, the most significant airport infrastructure project in the country was canceled, and the forced reconfiguration of a military base began.

“By decree, the management of passengers is intended through the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), and the AICM has been in intensive care for years due to deteriorated operational and financial health. In addition, he said that by canceling the Texcoco project, an airport destined to close permanently is kept alive.

Now, the primary income of the AICM, the TUA, is fully transferred to pay the MexCat Bonds issued to finance the Texcoco project. “The primary income of the AICM is condemned to pay the debt of a canceled project, non-existent for the following decades," he indicated.

Source: Reforma

Juan Carlos Machorro