By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
Getting to the new Felipe Ángeles International Airport in Santa Lucía from downtown Mexico City could take up to two and a half hours and cost up to 1,839 pesos if you choose to use a private driver platform during peak hours, such as on a Friday payday, according to a report published Monday, Oct. 4, in the Mexican daily newspaper Reforma.
A team of reporters at the newspaper carried out an extensive exercise to estimate the cost of a trip in Uber to travel to the Santa Lucía Air Base at 6 p.m. on a Friday, starting from five different points.
The lowest cost route was from the Benito Juárez International Airport, in Venustiano Carranza, with a price of 839 pesos and an arrival time of one hour 36 minutes.
From the Zócalo, the journey would be two hours and two minutes with a cost of 958 pesos, in addition to avoiding the traffic of Insurgentes, Zaragoza or Periférico Oriente, obligatory exit routes.
An inhabitant of Polanco who boards a vehicle at the Soumaya Museum can expect a journey of one hour and 51 minutes and a cost of 1,419 pesos.
Meanwhile, for a resident close to the Perisur Shopping Center, the trip will require two hours 25 minutes, and the estimated cost will be 1,829 pesos.
From Santa Fe, from La Mexicana Park, the trip takes two hours and three minutes and the cost is 1,839 pesos, although in this case, the Chamapa-La Venta Toll Highway would be used to go around the city.
The Reforma article pointed out that these costs and time frames would have to be added to the previous three hours suggested to board an international flight and the price of the plane ticket.
Although government civil engineering projects are currently underway to allow access to the Circuito Exterior from additional points to be able to get to Santa Lucía, the article noted that none of these works has yet been completed and that there is no direct access to the terminal.
By the same token, the construction of the extension of the Suburban Train from Lechería to Santa Lucía has also begun, but government officials predict that it will take at least 36 more months to become operational, while the Felipe Ángeles Airport is slated to begin operations on March 21.