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Government publishes decree to end cargo transport at AICM

Mexico City, Mexico — The Government of Mexico has launched a decree to close the Mexico City International Airport to air cargo transport. In the decree, the government says cargo airlines will have 108 business days to relocate their operations.

The decree was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation February 2, which formalizes the closure of cargo operations at the Mexico City International Airport .

“The International Airport of Mexico City “Benito Juárez” is closed for the operations of concessionaires and permit holders that provide the service to the public of regular and non-regular national and international air transportation exclusively for cargo.

“Concessionaires and permit holders that provide combined passenger and cargo services are exempted, provided that the cargo is transported in the same aircraft as the passengers,” the decree specified.

The federal government established that the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC) will be in charge of updating the general bases for assigning landing and takeoff times at airports in saturated conditions, which were published in the DOF on September 29, 2017.

He also detailed that the new decree must be included in the Aeronautical Information Publication.

On Wednesday, President López Obrador said that the Mexican Government reached an agreement with cargo transport airlines for their transfer of operations to the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA).

“That agreement has already been reached with the companies that are dedicated to cargo […] they already sent me a letter assuring me that they will support it,” he said.

In January, DHL Express Mexico confirmed that, together with its international cargo operating partners, it will move its cargo flights to the AIFA.