“If an expert tells you it can’t be done, get another expert”
Unlike many other officials in the current government, Victor Manuel Hernández Sandoval, who had resigned from the position of Director of Navigation Services at Mexican Airspace (Cenum), had experience in his area of responsibility. He worked as an air traffic controller, first as a “route radar controller” and then as a “terminal controller”, although he did not become an “auditor”. Later he was an officer of the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO.
His position as director of the cinema was achieved after candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador arrived at the campaign house and was assured that he would visit the Valley of Mexico to allow joint operation of Mexico City International Airport (AICM). Airspace can be redesigned. New civilian airport in St Lucia. That’s what López Obrador wanted to hear.
The specialized company MITRE, which studied the options for a new airport in the Valley of Mexico and determined that Texcoco was “the ideal location, an aeronautical excellent site,” was already in place to build a civilian Santa Lucia military base. The possibility of expansion had already been analyzed. air port. In a November 20, 2018, document, it said: “The AICM-Santa Lucia option is worrying because it requires the construction of an extremely complex airfield that has not gone beyond a conceptual plan and has not been emulated (such as NAIM) and that, far from meeting the CDMX needs for most of this century, will be restored in a very short period of time. He noted that “no one has developed mandatory airspace studies. ”
Hernández Sandoval complied with the president and on March 25, 2021, launched his new design for air navigation in the metropolitan area of the Valley of Mexico. However, MITER’s warnings also came true. The design is extraordinarily complex, with long descent paths for the AICM, frequent delays, increased fuel burn and increased noise. Instead of reducing the saturation of the AICM, which was intended, it has increased it. Despite the fact that there are only 12 daily operations at Felipe Angels International Airport, and this is due to government pressure on airlines, the government has announced that it will reduce the number of AICM flights per hour from 61 to 50. The news of air accidents is touching the sky. Although the government denied them at first, the release of a video of a Volaris aircraft instructing it to land on a runway already occupied by another aircraft, making it impossible to conceal further. This forced the resignation of Hernández Sandoval.
Perhaps the resignation would help settle disputes with air traffic controllers, as Hernández Sandoval fired many people and worsened the working conditions of others, but it would not solve the matter, as AIFA is immovable to the president. However, the bottom line of the problem is that this airport was never a real solution to AICM’s saturation problem.
MITER warned in 2018: “The idea that adding runways automatically equates to greater efficiencies regardless of the geometry (‘configuration’) of the runway, obstacles, airspace and real-time simulation.” Three and a half years later, Hernández Sandoval’s offer to redesign the airfield has failed, but the government has already spent 200 billion pesos to tear down one airport and build another without solving the problem. .
Due to financial irregularities, yesterday Grete Fremo resigned as Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services, UNOPS. This is the office that promised to sell the president’s plane, and could not, and to buy drugs for the Mexican public sector, which it could not achieve.