Lufthansa Cargo expands services to 2 airports in Mexico City

Published: Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Frankfurt, Germany—Lufthansa Cargo announced it will permanently operate all B777 freighter flights that previously served Mexico City International Airport (MEX, also known as AeropuertoInternacional de la Ciudad de México, AICM) to Felipe Ángeles International Airport (NLU) also known as AeropuertoInternacional Felipe Ángeles (AIFA) starting July 7, 2023.

The company said the decision was in line with the requirements of a decree issued by the Mexican government prohibiting airlines from flying freighters to Mexico City Airport (MEX) in the future for capacity reasons.
“As part of the necessary relocation of freighter flights to Mexico City’s northeastern airport, we have successfully established both the import and export processes on site to our usual high standards in a very short time, as well as set up a fast and reliable nighttime truck transport service for freight shipments between NLU and MEX,” explains Frank Nozinsky, Director, Sales & Handling, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Central America and Caribbean at Lufthansa Cargo.

“Mexico City is a cargo destination in high demand. We are, therefore, very pleased to be present at both international airports together with Lufthansa Airlines and to offer our customers seamless connections for their cargo shipments here together with our warehouse partners,” adds Ashwin Bhat, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo.

Effective July, cargo airlines will operate flights to the modern Felipe Ángeles Airport (NLU) about 45 km northeast of Mexico City. The airport has been in operation since last year and is located on the site of a former military airfield, surrounded by an infrastructure that continues to grow steadily.

Lufthansa Cargo is offering a total of six freighter connections with Boeing 777F aircraft to and from Mexico City’s NLU in the current 2023 summer flight schedule, departing from its hub in Frankfurt (FRA) on Tuesdays to Sundays at midday.

In addition to the freighter connections, Lufthansa Airlines passenger aircraft also regularly transport goods as belly cargo to Mexico City (MEX) Airport in the east of the Mexican metropolis. Seven weekly direct flights from Frankfurt using Boeing 747-8 as well as three weekly Airbus A350 connections from Munich continue to serve Mexico City Airport (MEX).