“If the construction of the two runways at the Santa Lucía Military Air Base is completed, the costs of handling air cargo will double because the complexity of the operation will increase and specialized facilities and personnel will have to be duplicated,” said Julio. Smithers, president of the National Association of Supervised Stores (Anafac).
The International Airport of Mexico City (AICM) is the most important in the movement of cargo, since in the domestic market participates with 30.7 of the total, followed by Guadalajara (14 percent), according to September statistics from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC).
Meanwhile, in the international market it participates with 65.2 percent, that is, six out of every 10 tons of international cargo enter through the capital’s airport; It is the main gateway for the importation of goods, cargo in general, high added value such as technology, pharmaceutical, among others.
Because of this volume of cargo and its strategic participation in the airport system, the AICM faces a saturation not only of passengers, but of the movement of merchandise, together with the limited space to grow customs operations.
“The costs of importing the cargo will double in Santa Lucia, as well as logistics and delivery costs. Also, two customs facilities must be made to deal with imports, as well as double the customs agents, “said the president of Anafac.
He explained that so far there is no project defined by the movement of cargo in the Air Force Base of Santa Lucia and the growth of the cargo in the AICM, in four years will be completely saturated in terms of logistics.
Saturation of the NAIM
In 2017, the AICM had the main cargo participation in the country; There were 38 thousand 275 operations of cargo aircraft that transported 437 thousand 969 tons, with an annual growth rate of 3.5 percent.
A sample of this saturation in the AICM is that Customs has only one access door on Av. 602, where thousands of trucks are daily seen making lines.
To enter the customs there is an access door and the semester have entered 280 thousand tons.
In addition to the above, in the Customs there are only circulation lanes and there are 18 audited precincts. If you want to send an export merchandise at seven o’clock at night, this load has to arrive from three o’clock in the afternoon to do all the processes and procedures of the inspected premises.
The executive stressed that the construction of the New Mexico International Airport was a great opportunity for the country to become an international benchmark.
The NAIM cargo terminal was going to have the capacity to mobilize a total of 2 million tons of cargo, when in the current airport it has room for 500 thousand tons per year. If the rate of growth in the movement of cargo continues, the AICM will no longer be able to operate for the next four years.
Manuel Armendáriz, president of the Mexican Association of Couriers and Parcels (Ammpac), representative of a sector of intensive use of air cargo in the country, pointed out that the problem of airport capacity and operation is not limited to the AICM.
“From their point of view, the problem is the national airport policy, which interweaves and takes into account the participation of all air terminals in the country. “We have historically developed a strategy of multiplying the points of the national territory to generate an interconnection between all the airports and to provide a more efficient service on a national scale, but not only through a single connection point, but also through a national network airport.”
He stressed that the national airport policy is the dominant when defining the terms of public policy.
“Obviously, within the national policy, the AICM is the most important of all the airports in the country. We believe that the decision is very important. We are concerned about this macrocephaly, which we are developing around the airport,” said the representative of the courier and parcel industry.
- 30.7% It is the market share with which the AICM has in the movement of cargo; it is followed by Guadalajara, with 14 percent.
- 65.2% This is its market share in the international arena, which means that six out of every 10 tons of global cargo enter through the capital’s airport.
- 2017 During that year the AICM carried out 38 thousand 275 cargo aircraft operations, which transported a total of 437 thousand 969 tons of products.