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The Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) is Mexico City’s other big airport. About 35 kilometres north of the City, the airport opened in 2022 on the grounds of the former Santa Lucía Air Force Base. That air base had opened in 1952 to replace the old Balbuena air field near Mexico City’s main airport, Benito Juárez or AICM, (Aeropuerto Internacional de Ciudad de México).
This second airport is important as a cargo airport, but takes much of the pressure off of the older AICM for some passenger flights. These are principally domestic flights but an increasing number of international carriers are also taking advantage of the airport’s much lower costs. The terminal is also important for some parts of the Mexican Air Force and for charter flight services.
For international visitors arriving to or departing from the AIFA, the airport offers all of the support and amenities that modern travelers have come to expect. In addition, there are a number of unique attractions.
At 35 kilometers to the north of Mexico City, AIFA can present challenges for those trying to get in or out. We put together a list of methods for arriving to the airport here. It includes buses from several important Metro stations and other points in Mexico City and Mexico State. It will later be updated to include the Suburbano train from Buenavista.