Aviation contributes to the diversification of tourism activity in Mexico

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Aviation contributes to the diversification of tourism activity in Mexico
Source: Sectur
July 15, 2022

The Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, took notice of the new Board of Directors of the College of Aviator Pilots of Mexico, which will be chaired by Ángel Domínguez Catzin


The Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, declared that aviation contributes to the diversification of tourism activity, and is strengthened every day, as a key piece in the recovery of the sector, which is already a reality.

Within the framework of the LXXV Ordinary General Assembly of the College of Aviator Pilots of Mexico, which celebrates its 75th anniversary, the head of the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur), accompanied by the president of the College of Aviator Pilots, Heriberto Salazar Eguiluz, took the oath of the new Board of Directors of the College of Aviator Pilots of Mexico, which will be chaired by Ángel Domínguez Catzin.

He pointed out that aviation in Mexico currently contributes around one thousand 955 million dollars to the National GDP, and generates almost 35 thousand jobs, and contributes with 43.6% of the international tourist flow that travels to Mexico, so air connectivity is essential. to promote tourism, by facilitating the movement of passengers and allowing the vast biocultural wealth of our country to be enjoyed and admired by a greater number of visitors.

The Secretary of Tourism stressed that for this reason, the country's airport network is strengthened, as was the inauguration of the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) on March 21, with an investment of 88 thousand 107 million pesos. It is necessary to highlight its museums of the Mammoth, of the Military Aviation and of the Mexican Railroads. The AIFA is now part of the Metropolitan Airport System, together with the Mexico City International Airport and the Toluca International Airport.

Before the most prominent representatives of the country's airline industry, Torruco Marqués reported that the remodeling and expansion of the Chetumal Airport was also carried out, a work completed in November 2020, and that it now has a 3,700-meter terminal building square, which required an investment of 149 million pesos.

Likewise, the Tulum Airport will be built, with an investment of 3.2 billion pesos, as well as construction works for the modernization and expansion of the Tepic Airport, Nayarit, with 150 million pesos, and The Barrancas del Cobre airport, in Creel, Chihuahua, is expected to start operations in December of this year, with an investment of 826 million pesos.

Torruco Marqués commented that the Tamuín Airport, in San Luis Potosí, will be modernized at a cost of 1,200 million pesos; Likewise, the Puerto Escondido Airport, Oaxaca, will be expanded and modernized, where 2 billion pesos will be spent, both will be completed in December 2023.

In this way, the diversification of tourism is promoted towards the 235 places with a tourist vocation, and it is avoided that they are concentrated in only six destinations, so that the benefits reach the most marginalized communities, with the purpose of complying with the premise of the policy implemented by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to make tourism a tool for social reconciliation.

He stressed that the Ministry of Tourism has promoted the creation of new flights, such as the Mexico City-Lima route, inaugurated by Volaris this year; while Copa Airlines, as of September 26, will launch the Panama-AIFA flight, with three frequencies a week.

For the Mundo Maya Region, Aeromar launched the Cancun-Flores route, in Guatemala; and Tag Airlines, the flights Guatemala City-Tuxtla, Guatemala City-Oaxaca, Guatemala City-Mérida, and next August the Mérida-Flores flight will begin.

“As soon as we recover category 1 in the air safety rating granted by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States Government, our air connectivity will be strengthened with new flights to Mexico from this neighboring country,” he assured.

The Secretary of Tourism pointed out that Mexico's airport infrastructure is currently made up of 78 airports, 65 international and 13 national, operating 1,303 origin-destination routes, of which 838 allow us connectivity with 41 nations of the world.

He added that, in the first five months of the year, 8 million 451 thousand international tourists arrived in Mexico by air, which represented an increase of 101.2%, compared to the same period of 2021, and only 0.3% below what was registered in 2019.

“I congratulate the members of the Board of Directors of the College of Aviator Pilots of Mexico, who today end their term, for having contributed time, effort and dedication to the consolidation of this respected organization, and also my congratulations to this renowned institution for its 75 years. of life”, concluded Torruco Marqués.

On his occasion, the outgoing president, Heriberto Salazar Eguiluz, thanked the Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, and the Undersecretary of Transportation, Rogelio Jiménez Pons, for the support given to the College of Aviator Pilots of Mexico during his administration. "They count on us to help them in everything necessary, as we have done and how it will surely be in the future," he said.

During the LXXV Ordinary General Assembly of the College of Aviator Pilots of Mexico, Rogelio Jiménez Pons, Undersecretary of Transportation of the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation; Melvin Citrón, regional director of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Office of the International Civil Aviation Organization; Guillermo Macías Avitia, executive director of Air Safety; Carlos Javier Villazón Salem, General Director of the Mexico City Airport Group; José Humberto Gual, general secretary of the Trade Union Association of Aviator Pilots of Mexico; Jesús Navarro Parada president of the College of Mexican Aeronautical Engineers; Alfonso Medina Miranda, president of the College of Air Traffic Controllers of Mexico; Anwar Arturo Aude Cano, AIFA Director of Operations; Carlos Ignacio Velázquez Tiscareño, General Director of the Mexico City International Airport; Luis Rene Rojas Bolaños Cacho, Vice President of the College of Aviator Pilots of Mexico; Javier Sandoval Dueñas, president of the Famex 2023 Aerospace Fair Committee; among other distinguished representatives of the aeronautical industry.

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