Mexico City airport exceeded operations limit - DGAC

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mexico's civil aviation authority DGAC confirmed that Mexico City's international airport, AICM, last year regularly handled more flight operations than it was allowed to.

That was despite a reorganization of slots, according to a notice in the country's official gazette.

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"...on more than 52 occasions during 2013, during certain hours, the number of flight operations exceeded the maximum allowed," the notice said.

In April last year, DGAC confirmed for the first time that AICM was officially saturated during peak hours of the day and a slot reorganization was finalized in July.

The airport has the capacity to carry out 61 operations per hour and the slot reorganization saw operations limited to 58 per hour during peak times.

Following a review of operations between September 2013 and August 2014, DGAC confirmed that the airport remains saturated.

Under the new saturation declaration, operations will be limited to 61 operations and 40 arrivals per hour.

The new 169bn-peso (US$12.9bn) Mexico City airport will include six runways and have capacity to receive up to 120mn passengers each year – four times as many passengers as the current AICM handles.

Construction of the new airport was announced on September 2, with world-renowned architect Norman Foster's winning design unveiled a day later.

BNamericas will host its 5th South America Infrastructure Summit in Colombia on October 22-23.