From discomfort to surprise. The first VivaAerobus flight to Monterrey from the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) was supposed to leave at 12:30 and did so an hour later because, at the last minute, the pilot said that they had changed the takeoff runway and information had to be updated. .
The complication was not that wait on top of the aircraft, but the arrival at the terminal in private transport for practical reasons.
With the idea of arriving on time and enjoying the inauguration, Eduardo and company left Ciudad Azteca at 8:30 am, at the height of the Metro station of the same name.
The driver put Google Maps as a guide, which marked a distance of 38 km and a time of one hour five minutes.
Five minutes later they saw a sign that read: AIFA, 25 km, and an arrow pointing forward.
Without agreeing on the distances, it was decided to follow the new signage and trust the path marked out by the federal government. Serious Mistake.
After a crossroads near the Puente de Fierro Mexibús station in Ecatepec, and following the public signs, the road turned to dirt and then ended. reverse.
Google Maps was updated and the passenger’s annoyance was evident. Time passed and he did not look where to go. After about 40 minutes, finally, he looked at the new airport about 500 meters away: “There it is, there it is.”
The new road was another dirt road and several cars were already circulating in a row.
The top was a military checkpoint that asked everyone to return and put in the application: Hospital 200, Tecámac. A new arrival time was then set, 39 minutes.
National Guard as staff
Around 11:00 a.m., the hybrid car entered the Military Base after identifying itself with the driver’s official credential.
The road to reach the terminal building was still long. Upon arrival, a crowd shouted cheers for the President of Mexico, while National Lottery tickets for a grand raffle were sold at mobile stalls.
Time was pressing to document and there were no people at the counters, which contrasted with the number of people who remembered a rally in the zocalo of Mexico City and raised the question: how did they get there?
The opening ceremony was underway with the hundreds of guests in front of the great sun stone. Sandwiches and refreshments waited freely on long tables. You had to pass the last filter for boarding and the friendly National Guard personnel gave the precise instructions, although there were no machines to take the temperature or gel dispensers.
The boarding pass was placed on a machine and accessed to the screening machine. National Guard personnel also did this work. Very few people walked in the boarding halls and improvised commercial premises that offer the same handicrafts as houses or donuts or tacos or coffee.
The assigned zone for VivaAerobus and Volaris was the low-cost zone, where hoverbridges are not required and it is approached by climbing a ladder. After going down to those spaces, a pleasant surprise came: traditional music from Nuevo León and Michoacán was played live (testimony of this was left on many mobile phones). With the calm that comes from being in the assigned seat, Eduardo concluded: “By trusting the signs to the AIFA, I lost an hour and a half.” In his head there is no incentive to use the AIFA again.
Shortly before 7 am yesterday, the first flight took off from the new Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), operated by Aeroméxico, bound for Villahermosa, Tabasco. Around 10:30 a.m., the first commercial flight, operated by Volaris, landed from Guadalajara.