This Monday Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA) was inaugurated in Zumpango, State of Mexico. On October 17, 2019, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador gave the signal for the construction works to begin, and 884 days later we ask ourselves, how has Saint Lucia changed?
The Santa Lucía Military Air Base was inaugurated in 1952, and from the authorization of the Federal Government for the Integration of the Group of Engineers “Santa Lucía”, for the construction of the AIFA, ceded part of its land.
According to data offered in the morning conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the AIFA is an airport complex of 3 thousand 800 hectares of extensionwhile the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) is 600 hectares.
The original plan indicates that by 2050 the AIFA will be fully consolidated, with the possibility of moving up to 85 million passengers, but for this inaugural year, the figure will be just 2.4 million passengers.
Below we share the before and after of the AIFA through photographs.
How much airspace is the AIFA going to release?
Given the saturation of the AICM, Saint Lucia was presented as the best option; however, in its first stage, scheduled for 2036, can move to 19.5 million passengers, in accordance with the institutional program of the majority state company AIFA.
At the moment, operations at the Felipe Ángeles terminal contemplate only four airlines, one international, from Venezuela, although they will be added Copa Airlines and Delta Airlines with flights to the United States, starting in the second half of this year.
This Monday, March 21, the first flights, both national and international, sailed, and it is expected that in the coming days more airlines will join the offer for passengers.