The inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) as new President of Mexico on Saturday was preceded by controversy surrounding the NAIM project. AMLO’s decision to cancel NAIM works in Texcoco still met criticism and opposition days prior to him entering office. Mexico’s Aviation Pilots College (CPAM) asked ICAO to intervene and support its opinion that keeping NAIM in Texcoco was the best possible option. Similarly, Dirk van Nieuwerk, former Sales VP for Lufthansa, said cancelling the NAIM works in Texcoco was an “unfortunate decision.” Mexico’s new Minister of Communications and Transport, Javier Jiménez Espriú announced that MX$10 billion will be spent in starting the adaptation of the Santa Lucía military base to work as an international airport and suggested buying Aleatica’s share in AIT.
In other news, Indonesian authorities presented a preliminary report on the JT610 plane crash, planebuilder ATR Aircraft delivered its 1,500th plane, Airbus delivered the first member of the A330 family to enter commercial service and British Airways will no longer operate Boeing 767s. Meanwhile, Mexico’s UNAQ celebrated 11 years since it started training aeronautics and aerospace professionals and Queretaro’s aerocluster plans to detonate national aerospace investments.
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NAIM Controversy Remains
Javier Jiménez Espriú, Mexico’s new Minister of Communications and Transport, says MX$10 billion will be invested in 2019 in the International Airport of Santa Lucia (AISL). He also suggested the possibility of buying Aleática out of the International Airport of Toluca (AIT).
The privatization of some Mexican airports and the final judgement on the AM2431 plane crash in Durango are unfulfilled aviation commitments of the Enrique Peña Nieto government.
Mexico’s Aviation Pilots’ College (CPAM) requested that ICAO ratifies its opinion that keeping NAIM in Texcoco is the best option.
According to Dirk van Nieuwerk of Lufthansa, cancelling NAIM was an “unfortunate decision” for the industry, investors and growth perspectives.
Crashes, Deliveries, Decommissioning
Airbus has delivered the first A330. TAP Air Portugal took delivery of the first A330-900 that will enter commercial service.
Indonesia has presented a preliminary report on its investigation on the deadly JT610 accident. Investigators are focusing on the plane’s anti-stall system.
Mexico’s Aerospace Thrust
Now that Queretaro has consolidated as one of the main recipients of aerospace FDI, the state’s aerospace cluster proposes boosting national investments.
UNAQ celebrated its 11th anniversary. The university focuses on training professionals and researchers for the aerospace industry.
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