SANTA LUCIA, State of Mexico (April 14, 2022) – After a grandiose inauguration ceremony of Mexico City’s newest airport last month, not a single suitcase was in sight there on a recent Friday afternoon, with just one flight flashing across the display board: Aeromexico, arriving from the Mexican city of Merida, in the state of Yucatan, which was delayed by the way.
Three weeks after the opening, Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA), 28 miles (45 km) north of the current Mexico City hub, was still under construction.
The teething problems risk embarrassing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who made the airport a key project of his presidency and gave ammunition to the opposition that had long criticized the new airport as a vanity project of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Chain-link fences covered with green tarps lined the entrance to the airport, and dust painted the sky a reddish hue as construction crews continued excavation.
The reality contrasts starkly with the pitch sold by Lopez Obrador, who called it “one of the best airports in the world” ahead of the inauguration.
With information from Reuters