Mexican Officials Urge Airlines to Use Faraway Airport

Mexican Transportation officials said airlines must use a new, more distant airport, the Felipe Angeles airport, 26 miles north of Mexico City. 

Transportation and Infrastructure Secretary Rogelio Jimenez Pons said the government would reduce the number of flights allowed to land at the old airport by 20 percent starting July, which would force about ten daily flights to the new airport. 

Currently, only about a half-dozen flights per day use the new terminal, with rail and road links still unfinished. 

According to reports, the Mexican government had ordered new flights scheduled into Mexico City to use Felipe Angeles.

Jimenez Pons said the old airport was overloaded and needed updates, directing airlines to use the Felipe Angeles terminal or the even farther airport in the neighboring city of Toluca.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador inaugurated the new Felipe Angeles airport in March, which was reported to be one of his pet projects.

ABC News said López Obrador used pressure and threats to get private and foreign companies to support his pet projects — state-run ports, terminals, and rail lines.

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