Militarization continues as the Mexican Navy is just about to take full control of several airports

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2019 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, center, stands with Secretary of Defense Luis Crescencio Sandoval, left, and Secretary of the Navy, Vidal Francisco Soberon, in an open military vehicle during the Independence Day military parade in the capital's main plaza, the Zocalo, in Mexico City. López Obrador announced Friday, July 17, 2020 that the military will take over the country’s land and maritime ports of entry, as he tries to root corruption out of the country’s customs offices. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

The Mexican Navy is on the verge of taking full control of Mexico City’s International Airport, as President Andres Manuel López Obrador has decreed this military institution should assume full responsibility for its administration.

According to the official reports, the Mexican Navy will take control of the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) in the next 60 calendar days, after the corresponding decree is published.

President López Obrador confirmed that the Secretary of the Navy (Semar) will also take charge of other airports in the country such as Ciudad del Carmen in Campeche, as well as Ciudad Obregón and Guaymas in Sonora.

The measure is part of the militarization strategy that the Government has promoted to guarantee security and prevent smuggling, theft of suitcases, and drug trafficking.

The operation of the capital air terminal will be shared with the Mexico City Airport Group and Mexico City Airport Services.

Source: El Financiero

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