Aeromexico launching first U.S. service from Mexico City's new airport

Aeromexico on May 1 will launch the first service to the U.S. from Felipe Angeles, Mexico City’s secondary commercial airport. 

Felipe Angeles, located 26 miles north of Mexico City International Airport, opened last March. The former military airport was repurposed for civilian flying by the government of Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after he ended ongoing construction of a new Mexico City airport in 2018.

Aeromexico will fly the Houston route daily in an Embraer E190 jet. The service will augment the carrier’s six daily flights to Bush Intercontinental from Mexico City International. 

The FAA approved Aeromexico’s new Felipe Angeles service even though the FAA currently assigns a Category 2 safety rating to Mexico’s civil aviation authority. Typically, airlines based in countries with Category 2 ratings are not allowed to begin new routes or add service on existing routes.

Aeromexico said it received regulatory permission from the FAA because Felipe Angeles serves the same metropolitan area as Mexico City International.

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