Qatar Airways cools talks over use of Mexico’s new airport

A Qatar Airways Airbus A350 XWB is displayed at the Singapore Airshow at the Changi Exhibition Center February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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MEXICO CITY, April 6 (Reuters) – Qatar Airways said on Wednesday it was not considering operating flights from Mexico City’s new Felipe Angeles International Airport, apparently contradicting government claims that the airline wanted to use the hub.

“We can confirm that Qatar Airways does not intend to commence operations to Felipe Angeles International Airport in Mexico City,” a Qatar Airways spokesperson said.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday that “Qatar Airways told us through its CEO that they wanted to fly to Felipe Angeles Airport” and that Mexico planned to start negotiations this week with the carrier. Qatari national.

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The airline had no further comment when asked about Ebrard’s remarks and did not respond to a question about the start of negotiations this week.

Airlines such as Aeromexico (AEROMEX.MX), Volaris (VOLARA.MX) and Viva Aerobus have confirmed they will operate from the airport, which critics say is hard to reach and was inaugurated before he is not completely ready. Read more

Flights to the United States are expected to begin in the second half of 2022, the airport’s general manager said.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador inaugurated the airport on March 21, as the first of major infrastructure projects he championed in power. Read more

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Reporting by Valentine Hilaire in Mexico Editing by Matthew Lewis

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