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Old 09-10-2018, 02:11 PM
 
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The construction of the Mexico City airport is estimated at US$13.3 billion which dwarfs any infrastructure project in the USA. Considering that the GDP of the USA is 17x that of Mexico , that is one big project for any nation.

The current airport has two runways, but they are very close together and can't support independent operations. One is used for landings and the other for takeoffs which is just a smidgen better than having only one runway.

The new airport will start with three completely independent runway, and have room to expand to six. The initial runway can handle up to 60 million passengers per year (about the level of Denver).




There is an airport in Toluca (capital of state of Mexico) but that is 33 air miles away. The last time the new airport negotiations fell apart the LCCs went to Toluca and offered free bus rides from the Santa Fe business district. But when AeroMexico went bankrupt they moved to MEX to fill those slots.

The small inner city airport for nearby domestic flights like LGA/JFK and DCA/IAD LGB/LAX and Orly Airpor/Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris does not work for all countries and cities.

The problem in Mexico is that MEX is not just origin and destination airport for the main urban area, it is also the primary transfer airport. There have been some transfers moved to GDL:Guadalajara and MTY : Monterrey but it is a tiny percentage. TIJ:Tijuana and CUN:Cancun are too far at the extreme edges of the country to be of any use for transfers. SJD and PTY have tourist traffic, but almost all the airports outside of those 7 are really pretty miniscule.

Mexico moves it's upper middle class in luxury buses Luxury buses are almost nonexistent in the USA The best ones have only 25 seats and lie nearly flat. In 2017 there were 82 million passenger trips in executive or luxury buses in addition to 3 billion in regular buses.

In 2017 Mexico had 45 million air passengers domestic, and 45 million air passengers international. The goal of Volaris, Interjet, and Aerobus is to try to convert more of those 82 million luxury bus passengers into air passengers.

Domestic Air Trips per capita
2.62 USA
0.63 Chile
0.44 Brazil
0.37 Mexico
0.37 Peru
0.25 Columbia

Brazil has more domestic air traffic than Mexico in both absolute and per capita terms, but they have it spread over more airports. MEX is larger than any single south American airport. A19% jump in traffic from Mexico per capita to Brazil per capita would push MEX to just below SFO

2017 statistics
  1. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, Georgia United States ATL/KATL 103,902,992
  2. Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California United States LAX/KLAX 84,557,968
  3. O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois United States ORD/KORD 79,828,183
  4. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas United States DFW/KDFW 67,092,194
  5. Denver International Airport Denver, Colorado United States DEN/KDEN 61,379,396
  6. John F. Kennedy International Airport Queens, New York, New York United States JFK/KJFK 59,392,500
  7. San Francisco International Airport San Mateo County, California United States SFO/KSFO 55,822,129
  8. McCarran International Airport Las Vegas, Nevada United States LAS/KLAS 48,566,803
  9. Toronto Pearson International Airport Mississauga, Ontario Canada YYZ/CYYZ 47,054,696
  10. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport SeaTac, Washington United States SEA/KSEA 46,934,194
  11. Charlotte Douglas International Airport Charlotte, North Carolina United States CLT/KCLT 45,909,899
  12. Benito Juárez International Airport Venustiano Carranza, Mexico City Mexico MEX/MMMX 44,732,418

Just gotta add that the luxury buses are indeed amazing. I'd take them over a flight any day for a short 3-4 hour trip.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:45 AM
 
Location: In Miami but, Inside the Resistance !!
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Just gotta add that the luxury buses are indeed amazing. I'd take them over a flight any day for a short 3-4 hour trip.

No doubt....We love to fly to the D.F and take nice buses out to Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende and or even Guanajuato.

Great Service and comfort. No Buses like that in the USA....

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Old 09-18-2018, 03:18 PM
 
Location: In Miami but, Inside the Resistance !!
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No doubt...

Great Service and comfort. No Buses like that in the USA....
I mean Greyhound and Megabus are rubbish when compared to the Buses down South.
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Old 09-23-2018, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Just a reminder: since Jan. 29, 2016 the official name is no longer D.F. (Distrito Federal). Now it's just called Ciudad de México. But ... a lot of people will still use the old moniker.
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