Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport MEX, or simply 'AICM' (Aeropuerto Internacional Ciudad de Mexico), serves the capital City of Mexico and its surrounding areas. It is considered to be one of the busiest, and by far the largest, airport in Latin America. It is also the first Latin American airport to support the new A380 double-decker jumbo jet.
While the Airport's passenger count is increasing continuously, due to being located within a densely populated area, it is restricted to expand. Use of the two runways have reached nearly the 100 percent capacity.
MEX Airport - at an elevation of 7,316 feet - is located in Carranza's Gustavo A. Madero district, situated between Mexico City and the city of Nezahualcoyotl. It is surrounded by a road system, with direct access from Av. 602, Av. Texcoco, Anillo Periferico, Via Tapo and Av. Pantitlan, and can also be accessed from the South by Federal District Hwy, and from the north by Hwy 608, connecting to Mexico City's circle road near the Airport.
With two very long runways, and an estimated 35 million passengers a year, Mexico City Benito Juarez International is the main hub for Mexico's major airline Aeromexico, and secondary hub for Aeromexico Connect & Mexicana. It also is a hub for the SkyTeam. AICM is served by a host of domestic and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
- Aeromexico uses Terminal 2 for all of its flights. Also, its AM Plus Class offers new benefits and enhanced seating in its Boeing 737 aircraft.
- Air France started March 2016 daily service from Paris SDG, using its 2-level A380 jumbo carrier. However, as many taxiways are too narrow - departing flights of A380 - once on their own engines - must be led by a vehicle towards the runway - a 25 minute taxi time before takeoff.
- Delta ONE & Delta Main Cabin check-in are on the upper level with gates 52-62.
On-Airport hotels at AICM:
- Terminal 1 houses the Hilton (tel. 0155 5133 0505), Camino Real & Fiesta Inn, and the newly opened Courtyard by Marriott (connected on level 2 of Hall G by a foot bridge).
- Terminal 2 houses the NH Hotel (tel. 1-800-2388-0767) .
Benito Juarez International Airport has two passenger terminals: T1 & T2 - connected by Airtrain /monorail & shuttle bus.
- Electronic quick check-in booths for cardholders of Global Entry (US passport holders), Nexus (Canadian travelers) and Viajero Confiable (Mexican citizens) are to become operational in 2017, expediting their process of passport control and entry into Mexico.
- While a new NAICM Airport* is to be completed late 2020 - necessary maintenance work will continue to be made at the current airport until NAICM is put into operation in 2020.
Present & Future Airport Developments: A new $3.5B Airport - intended to become Mexico's regional hub - is to become one of the world's largest airports - situated at the city outskirts of Texcoco, near the Texcoco Nature Preserve, and covering an area over 555,000 sq.meters. (Preparation of the 10,938-acre site has been completed). The new Airport is to be four times the size of the current one, able to handle 68M passengers annually - completion of which is tentatively scheduled for October 2020.
A single integrated and state-of-the art terminal is to be built according to environmental LEED Platinum standards. It will be built in the shape of a horseshoe, surrounded by airline gates on the outside, with two concourses extending northward from the terminal's outer center. The service apron will have 95 gates and 42 remote parking & servicing positions.