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Fly Across Airlines Opens in Guanajuato, Bringing San Miguel Flights Closer to Reality


Inauguración de hangar

By Jesús Aguado

With the opening of Fly Across airline facilities at Bajío International Airport on September 19, San Miguel de Allende comes closer to an air-taxi route between here and BJX.

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

This is the small airline’s fourth flight hangar in the country, in addition to Monterrey, Toluca, and Guadalajara. The route will enable international travelers to fly into San Miguel from the airport. Currently, travelers must fly into a major airport in México City, León, or Querétaro and then travel to San Miguel by vehicle.

A mix of state and local efforts will make this new BJX-San Miguel air route happen. Guanajuato Governor Diego Sinhue announced the impending air taxi flights between BJX and a small airfield in San Miguel in July, explaining that Fly Across would sublet a hangar at BJX that the state itself leases from the airport to shelter government helicopters. He also said that the project, completely financed by the private sector, would not cost Guanajuatenses any money.

The contract that will bring flights from BJX here is between Fly Across and San Miguel. Fly Across has operated in México since 2009 and has a fleet of 30 jets and helicopters. According to the company, it has transported more than 120,000 clients over a decade and its fleet includes a Phenom 100 EV, a Phenom 300, a Legacy 500, and a Grand Caravan Ex, all small planes usually used for so-called executive flights.

To conduct flights in San Miguel, Fly Across is leasing a small city airfield, legally registered with the airport code SMA. Officials said that the contract with the city, which stipulates that the airfield must be up and running within 10 months, had been modified many times in order to bring more benefits to Sanmiguelenses.

In a city council meeting on September 20, members agreed to extend the period of the contract with Fly Across from two years to three years and four months, a lease which includes eight free months of rent. The city agreed to this accommodation when Fly Across agreed to invest 10 million pesos in the airfield instead of the previously discussed five million. Fly Across’s plans for the 10 million pesos include improving the landing strip and constructing a private hangar.

The city will also receive monthly lease payments from Fly Across of 251,234.91 pesos. The contract becomes valid once the airfield begins operations.


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