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March 22, 2022updated 23 Mar 2022 9:37am

New international airport in Mexico City commences operations

Built on a former military airbase, the new airport will operate in tandem with the city’s existing international airport.

The Government of Mexico has opened the new Felipe Angeles International Airport, which will initially operate 16 flights a day, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Inaugurated by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the new international airport has been built on a former military airbase.

Located nearly 45km away from Mexico City, the Felipe Angeles International Airport was built by the army and named after an army general. It will operate in tandem with the city’s existing Benito Juarez International Airport.

Presently, only one international flight is scheduled to operate from the new international airport, which will be flying to Caracas, Venezuela.

The airport does not currently have any train connectivity, but rail links are expected to be completed next year.

According to a senior official, Mexico is considering offering incentives to airline companies to move their operations from the Mexico City hub to the new airport.

The new airport has been inaugurated almost three years after Obrador’s administration scrapped a partly built multibillion-dollar project started by his predecessor.

Obrador said: “This work was done in spite of resistance from vested interests and people who wished us ill.”

The Felipe Angeles International Airport project is said to be one of four key projects that Obrador intends to complete before his term as the President of Mexico ends in 2024.

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