Lufthansa Cargo expands services to two airports in Mexico City

A Lufthansa Cargo B777 freighter on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Lufthansa

Lufthansa Cargo has announced that it will permanently operate all its B777 freighter flights destined for Mexico City International Airport (MEX) from Felipe Ángeles International Airport (NLU) starting July 7, 2023.

This decision follows a decree issued by the Mexican government, which restricts freighter flights to Mexico City Airport due to capacity limitations.

Freight Operations at Felipe Ángeles Airport

As of July, cargo airlines will begin operating their flights to the modern Felipe Ángeles Airport, located approximately 45 km northeast of Mexico City.

The airport, established last year, is situated on the grounds of a former military airfield and is supported by a growing infrastructure.

Lufthansa Cargo will offer a total of six freighter connections using Boeing 777F aircraft to and from Felipe Ángeles Airport during the current 2023 summer flight schedule.

Departing from their hub in Frankfurt (FRA) from Tuesdays to Sundays at midday, the freighters will arrive at Felipe Ángeles Airport in the early hours of the night.

Bookings for these flights will be available starting June 16. Lufthansa Cargo’s presence at Felipe Ángeles Airport can be found at Terminal Logistics Recinto Fiscalizado Almacén #12 CR293.


Passenger aircraft belly capacity

Apart from the freighter connections, Lufthansa Airlines’ passenger aircraft also carry cargo as belly cargo on a regular basis to Mexico City Airport.

Seven direct flights per week from Frankfurt, utilizing the Boeing 747-8, and three weekly connections from Munich with the Airbus A350, continue to serve Mexico City Airport.

Lufthansa Cargo ensures efficient transfer times for cargo shipments between the two airports through their truck shuttle services.

Frank Nozinsky, Director of Sales & Handling for Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Central America, and the Caribbean at Lufthansa Cargo, explains:

“We have successfully established import and export processes at Mexico City’s north-eastern airport as part of the necessary relocation of freighter flights.”

“In a very short time, we have set up high-standard operations and a fast, reliable night-time truck transport service between NLU and MEX.”

Ashwin Bhat, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, expresses his satisfaction with the company’s presence at both international airports. He states, “Mexico City is a highly sought-after cargo destination.”

“We are delighted to be able to offer seamless connections for our customers’ cargo shipments at both airports, in collaboration with Lufthansa Airlines and our warehouse partners.”

About Lufthansa Cargo

Lufthansa Cargo AG

With revenue of 4.6 billion euros and a transport performance of 7.2 billion freight ton kilometers in 2022, Lufthansa Cargo is one of the world’s leading companies in the transport of airfreight. The company currently employs around 4,100 people worldwide.

Lufthansa Cargo’s focus is on the airport-to-airport business. The route network covers around 300 destinations in more than 100 countries, using both freighter aircraft and cargo capacity from passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa.

These include Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings Discover and SunExpress. The majority of the cargo business is handled via Frankfurt Airport.


Lufthansa Cargo’s decision to shift its freight operations from Mexico City Airport to Felipe Ángeles International Airport is driven by the Mexican government’s capacity restrictions.

The modern infrastructure and strategic location of Felipe Ángeles Airport provide a promising alternative for cargo airlines.

The carrier’s commitment to ensuring efficient and reliable cargo services further enhances their position in the Mexican market, benefiting both their customers and the industry as a whole.

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