Reuters - Kylie Madry

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended his plan to move all cargo flights from the capital's principal airport to a new site on the outskirts of town Thursday after a draft proposal to do such was made public earlier this week.

"An agreement is being reached between the directors of the two airports, with customs, with everyone," Lopez Obrador said in a regular news conference.

The draft decree, which was sent by the president and published on a government regulatory body's website, would halt all cargo flights out of the Benito Juarez International Airport, the busiest airport in the country.

Lopez Obrador said the government was not seeking to make the change "by force" and that it was looking to have buy-in from cargo operators.


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