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New Flight Paths: AIFA Opens Routes to the United States

Exciting news for travelers from Mexico to the United States as the Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA) has been granted permission for airlines to operate flights to the US. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced this development while also highlighting progress on cargo operations from the Santa Lucia terminal.

“These are great news about new flights from Felipe Angeles Airport, and we have also obtained the permit to fly to the United States,” said the president. However, he deferred on the question of whether Mexico had regained Category 1 air safety status and stated that Jorge Nuño, the Secretary of Communications and Transportation (SICT), would provide more information on negotiations with US agencies.

“The requirements have been met, and progress is being made. When they come to report, I will invite the Secretary of Communications, Jorge Nuño, and General Pastor, along with everyone involved in Mexico's aerospace policy. But we are doing quite well,” he added.

President Lopez Obrador also noted that roads were still under construction to improve connectivity to AIFA. Additionally, the new national airline, to be managed by the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), is expected to launch in 2023. The emblem for the new airline is being finalized, and conversations with Boeing are ongoing to secure planes for the new airline.

“Although it is not a direct agreement, they are helping us, and I spoke with Boeing's general manager to ensure that the planes that will be used by the Mexicana de Aviación line, which will start operations this year, are safe,” said the President.

Once the non-conformities have been resolved, the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC) will request, through the appropriate diplomatic channels, an International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) audit from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

All of these developments bode well for Mexico's aviation industry, as it continues to recover from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As travelers start to venture out again, these developments will make it easier for people to travel to and from Mexico, boosting both tourism and business travel.

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