Bloomberg - Andrea Navarro and Nacha Cattan
Felipe Angeles is a ‘good airport,’ Juan Carlos Zuazua says
Mexico’s newest airport has the capacity and infrastructure to become the capital’s main international hub, according to the head of one of the country’s largest carriers.
Despite offering just a handful of flights each day, Felipe Angeles International Airport is “undoubtedly” capable of supplanting Mexico City’s main airport known as Benito Juarez in the coming years, Grupo Viva Aerobus SAB Chief Executive Officer Juan Carlos Zuazua said in an interview.
Since opening in March to relieve traffic at the main hub, Felipe Angeles hasn't won many supporters. Critics say the airport's location - about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of the city's centre - is far from ideal and that the converted military base is not a good place for a commercial airport, given the area's unique geography. Others point to the unfinished roads surrounding the airport, saying the project was rushed along on a shoestring budget.