Flying to Felipe Angeles Airport? Some Travel Tips

México City’s Felipe Angeles Airport has more flights than ever, but ground transportation and other logistical issues remain. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

In just over two years since Mexico City’s Felipe Angeles Airport (AIFA) opened, growth has been swift. The new travel option now averages between 35 and 40 daily flights. 

Though most of these flights are operated by low-cost domestic airlines, a handful of international flights to Houston, Havana, Panama, and Caracas have also recently begun to fly out of AIFA.

AIFA is the central hub for Mexicana, the revived airline Mexico’s armed forces have now taken over. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

One hurdle:  AIFA is not actually in Mexico City, but in Mexico State, in the municipality of Zumpango de Ocampo — roughly 40 miles away. In light traffic, a cab ride to AIFA from Mexico City can take as little as one hour, but during rush hour, this commute can extend well beyond three hours. 

AIFA is spacious and offers plenty of seating, as well as electrical and USB chargers, which is handy if you get stuck there. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

A light rail station will offer flyers a fast and affordable option to get into town. It was built a year ago, but not yet operational. 

So until the light rail begins, the only transportation option is your own driver, a shuttle bus to the capital’s main airport, or a taxi. 

The latter will run you 900 pesos or roughly US$50 if you’re headed to Mexico City. But taxis are in short supply. Passengers are often stranded for hours waiting for one. Ride-sharing apps are banned by airport authorities who have signed exclusive contracts with a handful of transportation providers. 

Shuttle buses can get on the road, but go only to the larger airport. Not downtown, Reforma, Polanco, or any other location popular with visitors. 

Since the newer airport is within the boundaries of a military base, it is not possible to simply walk out.

Moreover, the area surrounding it only has two hotels for long layovers or stuck travelers. 

The airport itself is attractive and has several restaurants, coffee shops, and duty-free stores, as well as a handful of exhibits featuring the airport’s namesake, a hero from Mexico’s revolutionary war.

There are several restaurants and shops at AIFA’s main domestic departures terminal. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The airport’s bathrooms are decorated according to different themes including the golden age of Mexican cinema, Mesoamerican culture, Mexican wrestling, and traditional toys. 

The Mexican Cinema-themed bathrooms at the AIFA feature several images of movie stars from the country’s golden age of cinema. Photos: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

So for now, if your travel plans to Mexico include AIFA, call in a favor with a friend or family member, or hire a private driver ahead of time. 

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy, and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.
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