Government of Mexico denies risks in capital airports despite alerts

Mexico City, May 7 (Latest) .- The Mexican government denied today that there are documented risks in the airspace of the capital due to the simultaneous operation of the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) and the new Felipe Ángeles (AIFA) despite alerts from international airline associations.

The Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SCIT) issued a statement after notices from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Airline Pilots (IFALPA, in English), which have warned of increasing risks of “impact”.

The Secretariat affirmed that the Federal Civil Aviation News (AFAC) and the Navigation Services in the Mexican Air Space (Seneam) “have dealt with the events that have been formally reported in a timely manner”, of which they only recognize one.

“At the moment AFAC and Seneam do not have any official report of alert activation events (GPWS) in proximity to land; the last registered case occurred on June 15, 2021,” the SCIT stated in the text.

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The statement responds directly to an IFALPA bulletin, which on the 4th warned of “several incidents involving aircraft arriving at the AICM” due to the depletion of fuel caused by the extra time they have to remain in the air due to delays and saturation. From the airport.

The international association considered that air traffic controllers have received “little training and support” for the simultaneous operation of the AICM and the AIFA, the emblematic airport of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador inaugurated on March 21.

In addition, a letter that IATA sent to Seneam was revealed to warn of at least 17 “alarm events” that have occurred from April 2021 to date at the AICM during the approach to the runways.

IATA, which brings together international airlines, stated that “the situation has become very worrying” given the “new configuration of the airspace of the Valley of Mexico.”

The SCIT argued that “it is the pilot’s obligation to report when a ground proximity alert has been activated.”

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“So far this year, the authority does not have official reports that allow it to act within the scope of its powers, so it urges air operators to ask their crews to notify the competent authority of any event,” he said. .

Even so, he announced “that a work table on air safety will be integrated immediately” with the participation of IATA, Seneam, AFAC, the AICM and the Trade Union Association of Aviator Pilots.

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