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Introduction to Grupo ASA
Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (Grupo ASA) is a decentralized, Federal Government-owned corporation with its headquarters in Mexico City; it was created -on June 10, 1965- to oversee the administration and operation of the 34 airports operated by the Federal Government and dotted the full map of the Mexican Republic, along with the future development of the country’s air sector.
Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares was created -on June 10, 1965- by the Federal Government
The first challenge facing the newly formed corporation was to update the Republic’s existing airport infrastructure; as a result -during the first 10 years- work was carried out to both construct new airports and rehabilitate the most outdated of the existing infrastructure; in all, the project included 25 airports.
ASA’s first 10 years were dedicated to the upgrading of most of its airport network
In 1979, the corporation was given the additional task of providing all aircraft visiting Mexico’s airport network with the necessary combustibles and lubricants -both the national and international airlines- as well as the private aviation sector.
ASA was awarded 3rd place in the ‘Best Provider of Aviation Fuel in Latin America’ survey*
*The above survey was carried out by The Armbrust Aviation Group
By 1985, ASA was operating a network of 60 airports throughout Mexican territory and was recognized internationally for the work it had carried out regarding the administration and operation of the country’s airports, along with an array of airport construction projects.
The number of airports in ASA’s airport network reached a peak of 60 in 1985
During the second decade of operations, emphasis was placed on the Republic’s international airport structure, more specifically, at the airports serving Acapulco, Cancun, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey, through a process of the updating and redesigning of the existing infrastructure.
ASA concentrated its efforts on its ‘international’ airports throughout its 2nd decade of operations
In addition, the 1990s saw the launching of ASA’s design department, which carries out work serving the country’s airport network including the design -and production- of furniture and other equipment for airport interiors. The long list of achievements of this division includes airport vehicles and two prototype aircraft, designed for fumigation purposes.
The list of products produced by ASA’s design department includes a ‘portable’ control tower
Also during the 90s, the Mexican government took the decision to open up the country’s airport sector to private investment and thus began the transformation which finally led to the privatization of a large part of the country’s airport network.
privatation was introduced in the Mexican airport sector in the ‘nineties
At the beginning of 1998, ASA was operating a network of 58 airports, but with the privatization process this number was to reduce substantially due to the concessions granted to three, regionally divided, private-sector airport groups: ASUR, GAP and OMA.
The three private-sector airport operating groups were granted concessions for a total of 34 airports
These new groups were formed on a geographical basis: ASUR (Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste) covering the south/southeast of the Republic; GAP (Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico), which was granted the concession of the airports in the country’s Pacific region, and OMA (Operadora Mexicana de Aeropuertos), also known as Grupo Aeroportuario Centro–Norte, which covers the central/northern region.
ASUR operates 9 airports, GAP 12, and OMA a total of 13 airports
Additionally, the Benito Juárez International Airport of Mexico City (AICM) -Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez de la Ciudad de México- was also partially opened to private-sector investment so that by the close of the year 2000, ASA’s airport network had been reduced to the operation of 27 airports throughout the whole of the Republic.
As a result of the airport privatization process, ASA’s network was reduced to 27 airports in 2007
Many of the airports remaining under the control of ASA required attention -given that the most financially viable airports had been conceded to the aforementioned private-sector groups- … as a result of the new regulations covering the country’s airport network, ASA began working in association with certain state governments to update some of the larger airports, initially those serving the following destinations: Cuernavaca, Puebla, Querétaro and Toluca, which to this day are operated by ASA in association with their respective state governments, as well as the partnership with GACM -Grupo Aéreo de la Ciudad de Mexico- which together run the Benito Juárez International Airport of Mexico City (MEX).
Nowadays ASA operates 24 airports -5 in partnerships
In the case of Querétaro, the infrastructure was in such disrepair that the decision was taken to construct a new airport with a passenger capacity for -in the region of- 570,000 per year, a figure which almost acheived in 2015 the airport handled over 500,000.
The Intercontinetal Airport of Querétaro was inaugurated on November 28th, 2004
Between 2004 and 2006, another airport which saw major works was the one serving the capital of the State of Mexico: Toluca, where the runway was extended so as to be able to receive larger aircraft, along with the construction of a second terminal, works which elevated the passenger capacity of the installations to the present day 6.6 million per year.
ASA participtes in Toluca Airport (TLC) In partnership with the government of the State of Mexico, among others
A further new airport was undertaken in the southern state of Chiapas, located just outside the state capital: Tuxtla Gutiérrez, which was integrated into ASA’s association scheme in partnership with the State government of Chiapas; this airport was officially inaugurated in June of 2007.
The new airport serving the capital of Chiapas State became part of ASA’s network in 2006
Furthermore, work was carried out to expand and modernize Terminal 1 of the Mexico City Airport, simultaeniously with the construction of the airport’s Terminal 2 –inaugurated on the 16th of November, 2007- and thus increasing passenger capacity in the captial of the Republic from 22 to 32 million.
ASA participated in ‘improvement and expansion’ work on Mexico City’s airport in 2007
In 2007, as a result of the aforementioned privatization process, ASA’s airport network had been reduced to 19 airports -in 13 states- plus a further 4 -in conjunction with both state governments and private-sector participants- thus meaning ASA remains as the leading airport operator of the country -regarding the number of airports- even after the privatization process, though the number of passengers passing through the said installations are much less than those handled by the private-sector airport groups.
By 2007, ASA’s airport network had been reduced to 19 airports, plus 4 in partnerships
Also in 2007, ASA created its International Instruction Center (CIIASA), which was named in honour of the Engineer Roberto Kobeh González, and has been certified by TRAINAIR PLUS, a program which is run by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
ASA’s International Instruction Center was certified by ICAO’s ‘TRAINAIR PLUS’ program in 2012
On February 12, 2015., ASA -in association with the State Government of Chiapas- inaugurated the new International Airport of Palenque with a ceremony headed by the then Mexican President -Enrique Peña Nieto- accompanied by the local state Governor -Manuel Velasco Coello- celebrating the results of investment to the tune of 1.2 billion Mexican pesos; since then the airport has been conceded to the local state government.
The most recent airport inauguration carried out by ASA was the new Palenque International Airport
Nowadays, this corporation is wholly operating 18 airports, 14 international and 4 national, along with a further 5 in society with state governments and private-sector operators; of those, three of the terminals are operated by ASA; all of them are ‘international.’
ASA currently operates a network of 23 airports, 5 in association with local state governments
The Mexican aviation sector in general is one of the world’s leading participants with regards to research into and the use of aviation biofuels and ASA is without doubt one of the main participants in this global effort to reduce the carbon footprint of this seemingly ever-growing sector.
ASA is also at the forefront of global research on, and the production of, aviation biofuels
Grupo ASA airport network
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The International Airport of Campeche (CPE) – the state capital of Campeche
The International Airport of Chetumal (CTM) – the state capital of Quintana Roo
The International Airport of Ciudad del Carmen (CME) – in the state of Campeche
The International Airport of Ciudad Obregón (CEN) – in the state of Sonora
The International Airport of Ciudad Victoria (CVM) – in the state of Tamaulipas
The National Airport of Colima (CLQ) – the state capital of Colima
The International Airport of Guaymas (GYM) – in the state of Sonora
The International Airport of Loreto (LTO) – in the state of Baja California
The International Airport of Matamoros (MAM) – the state capital of Tamaulipas
The International Airport of Nogales (NOG) – in the state of Sonora
The International Airport of Nuevo Laredo (NLD) – in the state of Tamaulipas
The National Airport of Poza Rica (PAZ) – in the state of Veracruz
The International Airport of Puebla (PBC) – the state capital of Puebla
The International Airport of Puerto Escondido (PXM) – in the state of Oaxaca
The National Airport of Tamuín (TSL) – in the state of San Luis Potosí
The National Airport of Tehuacán (TCN) – in the state of Puebla
The International Airport of Tepic (TPQ) – the state capital of Nayarit
The International Airport of Uruapan (UPN) – in the state of Michoacán
The International Airport of Cuernavaca (CVJ) – in the state of Morelos
The National Airport of Palenque (PQM) – in the state of Chiapas
The National Airport of Querétaro (QRO) – the state capital of Querétaro
The National Airport of Toluca (TLC) – the state capital of the State of Mexico
The National Airport of Tuxtla Gutiérrez (TGZ) – the state capital of Chiapas
Contact information for Grupo ASA
Av. 602 # 161, Zona Federal Aeropuerto Internacional Ciudad de México,
Delegación Venustiano Carranza,
Within Mexico City, dial only either of the numbers below.
From outside Mexico City but within Mexico, dial 01-55 plus either of the numbers below.
From outside Mexico, dial 52-55 plus either of the numbers below.
Tel’s.: 5133-1000 // 1454-1000