4Q triples the subsidy for AIFA

4Q triples the subsidy for AIFA

Guadalajara.- The federal government has already had to triple the amount of the subsidy that it will allocate this year for the Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA).

Originally planned at 419.4 million pesos, the treasury’s support for the AIFA operation was increased to 1,370.4 million pesos, an increase of 229 percent.

The foregoing, according to the Quarterly Report on Public Finances, corresponding to the period from April to June, published on July 29 by the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP).

The subsidy for the AIFA will be more than double than the support of 680 million pesos planned for the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), which mobilizes 120 times more passengers daily than the new terminal.

During 2022, AIFA will also cost more to Mexicans than agencies such as the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC), which has 717 million pesos, the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), which will have 1,200 million pesos.

The AIFA was inaugurated on March 21, but to date it maintains a marginal activity, and therefore, its own income from airport use fees, rental of commercial premises and services to airlines, are insufficient to finance its costs.

In June, the AIFA only registered 349 total operations between takeoffs and landings, eleven fewer than in May, and moved 32,350 passengers, compared to 35,129 in May. Every day, just over a thousand people use the services of the AIFA.

In contrast, the AICM has close to one thousand one hundred daily operations, with more than 130 thousand passengers transported.

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It is expected that the AIFA will have more operations, since as of August 15 Aeroméxico will offer six routes with 56 weekly operations, although the number of passengers remains to be seen, since the same airline has already had to cancel the AIFA-Villahermosa route due to lack of demand.

The construction of the AIFA cost around 85 billion pesos, exclusively from the treasury, not counting an additional 17 billion pesos for road connections and the expansion of the Suburban Train.

The original subsidy for AIFA, a state-owned company that depends on the Ministry of National Defense, was only intended to pay its employees’ salaries, not for other operating expenses as is the case now.

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