The newly opened Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) in Mexico City will have flights to the United States with Delta and Copa Airlines for the second half of 2022, as reported this Saturday on its official social networks.
“AIFA will have flights to the US with Delta and Copa Airlines in the second half of 2022,” said the AIFA Facebook account.
These airlines will join Volaris, VivaAerobus, and Aeroméxico, which are already in operation at the new airport.
Until now, the AIFA has six national routes – Tijuana, Cancun, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Villahermosa, and Mérida – but it hopes to expand its offer in the second half of 2022.
The AIFA, one of the emblematic works of the Government of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was inaugurated on March 21 amid criticism for alleged cost overruns, the distance from Mexico City, and the control that the Army has over he.
The AIFA is controversial because it replaces the New Mexico International Airport (NAIM) since 2018, a modern work of Enrique Peña Nieto’s six-year term (2012-2018) which in turn aroused criticism for being built on Lake Texcoco and with contracts questioned by alleged corruption.
López Obrador has assured that with the work in Santa Lucía 125,000 million pesos (about 6,240 million dollars) have been saved and that the AIFA will have an official cost of almost 75,000 million pesos (about 3,743 million dollars), although an An investigation carried out a few days ago by the newspaper El Universal calculated the price at almost 116,000 million pesos (just over 5,790 million dollars).
The AIFA has been snubbed by foreign airlines to operate from there, and so far it will only have nine air operations of four airlines, of which three are national: Aeroméxico, Volaris, and Viva Aerobus.
The only international route so far is to Caracas with the Venezuelan airline Conviasa.
In addition, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has expressed doubts about the air and land connectivity of the new airport, which operates simultaneously with the current Mexico City International Airport (AICM).