Toluca Airport Boosts Flights


Toluca International Airport (TLC) is seeking to increase its volume of US-routes, and attract more American airlines to its terminal. Toluca, located less than an hour from Mexico City, offers its airport as an alternative to flights into the Mexican capital city. 
Volaris and Interjet, two of Mexico's low-cost airlines, had significant bases at Toluca, but migrated 50% of their operations to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) two years ago to occupy slots vacated by bankrupt carrier Mexicana. Toluca is looking to reclaim market share, which decreased from 4 million passengers in 2008 to just two million in 2011. 
Alexandro Argudín, Director of the Toluca Airport Authrority (AMAIT in Spanish) said that the Mexico City airport exceeded its 1,000 daily flight capacity by 10% during during vacation seasons in 2011. Toluca has a capacity of 700 daily flights, but currently only operates 450. 
"Our excess capacity can take the pressure off of [Mexico City], and also guarantee growth here in Toluca," said Argudin. The facility is planning to add a second runway, which would allow it to ultimately handle 25 million passengers a year. Its current capacity is eight million passengers annually.
The airport is courting point-to-point carrier Aerobus to increase Toluca's connectivity,  and to help Aerobus grow its operations. 
International flights originating in Toluca include Los Angeles and Las Vegas (Volaris) and Dallas (Spirit Airlines). 

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