Alfonso Sarabia de la Garza, director of Mexico's Airports and Auxiliary Services ("ASA), disclosed the upcoming opening of certain military airports to civil operations, in the States of Oaxaca and Tlaxcala.
For this purpose, the remodeling of the Oaxaca airport terminal has already begun, which should be concluded in one year. This airport is located in Tehuantepec, near one of the six refineries of PEMEX and a maritime port. There is also a project to build a gas facility for exports to Asia. Likewise, Oaxaca, being a state on the Pacific coast, it is an attractive destination for national and foreign tourists.
The main reason for these changes is the exploitation of existing airfields, and to obtain higher profits from them capturing higher revenue and provide greater alternatives of air transportation in the country. It is important to note that this is a great opportunity, as a result of the saturation of slots at the existing operational airfields, which may benefit airlines that seek to expand their operations through new routes.
President Enrique Peña Nieto, within its development plan, promised to modernize the military airfield in Tlaxcala. There is an agreement between the government of Tlaxcala and the Ministry of Defense for the use of the airfield; likewise ASA agreed to remodel this airport so that may be used for civil operations, thereby benefiting the area and regional industry, in order to raise the competitiveness of the State. The proximity between Tlaxcala and Mexico City is another advantage for enabling this airfield, as it may represent a decrease in the number of operations at Mexico City International Airport.
This project intends to allow private, charter or commercial flight as demand arises.
These airports will benefit communities as well as regional industry and will promote tourism on these States. The Mexican Government intends to have a transport infrastructure that is reflected in lower costs for performing economic activities, as well as to improve connectivity on strategic criteria and efficiency. It is a good opportunity for airlines to exploit new routes and lower operating costs.