Mexico to Turn to Collaboration to Ramp Up Aviation Growth

04 March 2019 2:40pm
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Passenger traffic in Mexico grew by 8.4 percent in 2018 which is ahead of the global rate, but this growth rate can only be sustained with the support from both Government and Industry.

As Mexico’s airports experience strong year-over-year growth, Airports Council International (ACI) World has emphasized the importance of collaboration between industry and government in sustaining the country’s air service demand.

Speaking at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Global Aviation Summit in Mexico City, ACI World Director General Angela Gittens reminded the audience that aviation is an ecosystem and the infrastructure must be balanced between the airspace, the airfield and the terminal and ground access facilities. Looking at the capacity of just one of those does not necessarily gain the needed capacity of the system.

ACI’s preliminary data indicates that Mexican passenger traffic has grown by 8.4 percent in 2018, outperforming both global and Latin-American and the Caribbean growth (estimated at 6 percent and 5 percent respectively).

With the impetus provided by a strong economy, several of the country’s largest airports saw domestic passenger traffic post double-digit growth. The three largest airports – Mexico City, Cancun and Guadalajara – saw total passenger traffic rise by 6.6 percent, 6.7 percent and 12 percent respectively.

In the concluding part of the NEXTT Emerging Themes webinar series, we considered what data is available and how it can be shared to benefit passengers, enable greater operational responsiveness and improve security.

Sustaining this growth is the challenge. The recent cancellation of the brand-new Mexico City airport project has brought the scale of this challenge into stark focus and ACI has welcomed the willingness of Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transportation Javier Jimenez Espriu to accept input from industry as the country seeks to move forward without the new airport.

Source: International Airport Review

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