Cofece investigates possible abuses in renting premises in airports

The Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) announced this Wednesday that it is carrying out an ex officio investigation into the possible performance of relative monopolistic practices in the market for access to commercial spaces and the provision of commercial services at airports in the south-southeast of Mexico and services related.

This research is relevant considering that, for example, in 2020, 9.35 million passengers passed through airports in the south and southeast of the country, which is of great importance for tourism at the national level”, it was reported.

The related airports are: Cancún, Mérida, Campeche, Ciudad del Carmen, Cozumel, Chetumal, Minatitlán, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Oaxaca, Villahermosa, Bahías de Huatulco, Palenque, Poza Rica, Tapachula, Acapulco, Veracruz, Cozumel, Puebla, Ixtapa and Puerto Hidden.

The investigation began on November 30 and the term to conclude is up to 120 business days, which may be extended for the same period up to four times.

Subsequently, if the performance of a relative monopolistic practice is proven, the responsible economic agent or agents could be sanctioned with fines of up to 8% of their income and an order to suppress the conduct.

Of the 20 airports mentioned in the investigation, nine are from the Southeast Airport Group (ASUR), including Cancun, which is the most important in Mexico in terms of international tourist arrivals. There is also an OMA airport (Acapulco) and others operated by Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA).

As of December 31, 2021, ASUR had leased 683 commercial premises in the nine airports, “through 328 contracts with tenants, including restaurants, banks, establishments for the display and sale of merchandise (including duty-free stores, Duty free stores), exchange houses and car rental agencies”.

In addition, during 2021, 30.6% of its resources derived from its commercial income.

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