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Air Taxi Flights May Soon Connect San Miguel to Del Bajío International Airport

Sesion ordinaria 26 julio2

By Jesús Aguado

02/07/2019

Governor Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo announced new plans for air taxi flights between Del Bajío International Airport (BJX) and a small airfield in San Miguel de Allende, a route that would enable international travelers to fly into San Miguel from the airport.

In a San Miguel City Council meeting, city officials agreed to lease the airfield—legally registered with the airport code SMA—to the company Fly Across SA de CV. Officials said that the contract between the company and the city, which stipulates that the airfield must be up and running within 12 months, had been modified many times in order to “bring more benefits to Sanmiguelenses,” although they did not explain what those benefits would be.

Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal García said that the company now has to obtain the necessary permits from the General Office of Civil Aeronautics as well as conduct the necessary impact reports.

If Fly Across does not get the permits, the contract between it and the city will expire with no obligations between either party, Villarreal said. If the company does obtain the necessary permits, it will be required to invest 5.5 million pesos to improve the landing strip and construct a private hangar. The contract will become valid once the airfield begins operations.

The city will charge XX pesos in rent. The contract, once it is activated, will last XX years.

At Del Bajío International Airport, Fly Across would operate its light-jet flights out of a hangar currently rented from the airport by the state of Guanajuato.

Fly Across’s flights would be an entirely private enterprise, not incurring any public expense, said Rodríguez Vallejo. As part of the alliance between Fly Across and Grupo Aeropuerto del Pacifico, the company that runs del Bajío Airport, Fly Across would be granted fixed-base operator status and the right to offer private flights, a right currently not available to any airline at Del Bajío.

Hoping to attract executive flyers

“We’re making great advances,” San Miguel’s Secretary of Government Gonzalo González told Atención. “We want to transport people who fly into BJX to San Miguel in small planes with national or international companies.”

He also stated—without giving specifics—that various studies are being carried out to apply for a federal license. Landings and takeoffs would be in the direction of Querétaro-San Miguel, he said. Fly Across’s planes could transport up to 10 passengers. For now, the only route Fly Across would offer out of Del Bajío Airport would be to San Miguel.

The airfield in question has been part of the Plan de Desarrollo Urbano y Ordenamiento Territorial (Plan for Urban Development and Territorial Planning) for the last 20 years. González said that those existing plans should be utilized and that the airfield would provide the city with money through rental income, land-use fees, and any other concessions agreed to between Fly Across and the city government.
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Fly Across
Fly Across’s website states, “We have revolutionized executive flights in México since 2009. We work under a new concept: tailored aviation with the highest standards of security and service to the client.”
On the page showing pictures of Fly Across’s fleet of planes, one can see photos of luxury light-jet planes, including the Phenom 100 EV, the Phenom 300, Legacy, and Gran Caravan Ex.

 

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