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Aeroméxico requests judicial review of AFAC saturation study at Mexico City International

Mexico City, Mexico — Aeroméxico says they have submitted a judicial review request related to the declaration of saturation and the studies on the operational capacity of the Mexico City International Airport (AICM).

The judicial request was made after the Agencia Federal de Aviación Civil (AFAC) declared the International Airport of Mexico City saturated. That saturation saw a decrease in the number of daily operations and forced several airline to operated out of the Aeropuerto Internacional Felipe Ángeles (AIFA).

“The acts claimed are the declaration of saturation of the terminal buildings of the AICM and an analysis that limits the number of operations in this airport, which was prepared by the previous administration of the Navigation Services in the Mexican Air Space (SENEAM) and lacks fundamental technical elements,” the airline said in a statement.

As a result, operations are being reduced from 61 per hour to 49 for the upcoming winter season. Later, in a new report, the AFAC said that in optimal conditions, the maximum number of operations per hour at the AICM should be 25 arrivals and 24 departures.

Aeroméxico argues that the acts of the AFAC violate constitutional rights of equal treatment, legality, freedom of work and free economic competition, as well as international treaties.

The airline reiterated its commitment to the development of airport capacity in the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico and, on May 19, announced an increase in its operations to and from the Felipe Ángeles International Airport. The airline said that in 2023, they will offer more than one and a half million seats from the AIFA.

In early March, the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC) declared the Mexico City International Airport saturated, pointing out that both Terminals 1 and 2 exceeds their cargo and passenger traffic.