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Mexico cedes airport control to navy

Enhanced military involvement to reduce drug trafficking and smuggling

Mexico should cede control of Mexico City's "Benito Juárez" International Airport to the Navy. It is the result of an agreement between the armed forces and the government, signed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and put on paper in a draft law decree published in the past few hours. The goal is to increase the role of the military in the aviation sector. 

"There is more security, more certainty, the rules are followed better, there is more discipline", with the navy in charge of airport controls, said the director of the airport, Carlos Velazquez, a former navy pilot who has assumed this new position last year. 

The airport, the busiest in the country (4 million passengers in May), currently belongs to the transport ministry, although the navy has already taken over security operations, including customs controls. The involvement of the military in aviation has already reduced the volume of drug trafficking and smuggling at the airport. Velazquez said his next goal is to make the most of the funds generated by the airport tax.

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