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December 26th, 2016 at 4:50:14 PM permalink
Nareed
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Quote: Pacomartin
Still, it would have helped the Toluca airport. I am not sure what kind of link there will be between Metepec and the airport.


It would still depend on the fare. These things tend to cost too much.

A stop at the airport would have been great, but I've given up hope it will resurrect in any meaningful way. Interjet still flies there, but only a handful of touristy routes.

Look, even when Interjet was considerably cheaper than AM, the cost of reaching the airport almost ate the price difference. But back then, too, AM allowed two checked bags rather than one, and lacked ancillary fees for better seats.

Even my regular flight to Vegas has been moved to MEX. Interjet cited low load factors (though the recent new rules have more to do with it, as they ran that flight out of TLC for years).
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December 26th, 2016 at 9:00:14 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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This image makes it look like the shuttle is going to be a bus.

It seems as if the higher priority would be a commuter train to Puebla, as it is a larger city and Puebla does not have a proper airport.
December 27th, 2016 at 6:34:42 AM permalink
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Quote: Pacomartin
This image makes it look like the shuttle is going to be a bus.


That's not bad at all. The airport is only a few kilometers, like 5 maybe, from the highway.

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It seems as if the higher priority would be a commuter train to Puebla, as it is a larger city and Puebla does not have a proper airport.


On the upside, the highway from Puebla ends very near MEX. On a normal day with normal traffic, you'd make less time from Puebla to MEX than from Toluca to MEX. On a bad traffic day, if coming from Toluca, you'd do better to take the highway that bypasses the city to reach the airport, though it adds a lot of distance and tolls to your trip.
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December 27th, 2016 at 6:53:41 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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I thought the priority was High Speed Rail from Mexico City to Querétaro. Partly because it is a wealthier region, and also because it could be extended through the Bajio Valley to Celaya, Irapuato and Leon. That would tie together a fairly large population.
December 27th, 2016 at 7:10:02 AM permalink
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Quote: Pacomartin
I thought the priority was High Speed Rail from Mexico City to Querétaro. Partly because it is a wealthier region, and also because it could be extended through the Bajio Valley to Celaya, Irapuato and Leon. That would tie together a fairly large population.


No idea how that is going.

It would be great, especially if they could manage an express from Queretaro to Mexico. The drive is fairly long for a "short" drive, and it's made worse by the truck traffic on leaving Queretaro.
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December 27th, 2016 at 9:12:31 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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No idea how that is going.


See discussion in 2013.
http://diversitytomorrow.com/thread/384/0/

AFAIK, it would be a more expensive project as it is both a longer distance and the top speed of 160 km/hr used in the Toluca run would be insufficient. You would want 300 km/hr at least. I read that the President cancelled the bid.

These cost estimates were done in 2013. Do not know details.

The 47-mile route connecting Mexico City with Toluca, capital of the state of Mexico, will cost $2.9 billion,
The 147-mile Mexico City-Queretaro route will cost about $3.3 billion.
The nearly 200-mile southern Yucatan route to different tourist destinations will cost $1.2 billion.
December 27th, 2016 at 9:56:06 AM permalink
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Quote: Pacomartin
These cost estimates were done in 2013. Do not know details.


Aside from the usual details (ie capital cost estimates are always low), the really important part are the operating costs and the ticket prices.

For comparison, a luxury bus ticket to Toluca costs about 80 pesos, or $4 US. Depending on traffic, the trip takes just under an hour. If the train gets you there in, say 25 minutes, cool, but not if it costs $12.

Then there's frequencies. Buses for Toluca leave literally all day long. I wonder how often trains will leave. They should have at least two per hour, all day from 5 or 6am til 1 am or so.
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January 27th, 2017 at 10:04:36 AM permalink
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As fallout to the near merger of Delta and AeroMexico 2 slots are up for grabs at JFK and 28 slots at Mexico City Juarez airport.

Six Mexican and United States airlines are seeking access to the 28 slot pairs being made available at Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez and two slot pairs New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport. Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines and Mexican operators Interjet, VivaAerobus and Volaris have all made requests for access to the Mexico City and New York slots.

Following is a summary of highest priority requests.

1) Alaska Airlines Los Angeles service and also add connections from San Diego and San Francisco.
2) JetBlue Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Orlando International Airport and two slot pairs in phase two to launch a new flight Los Angeles
3) Southwest For this year, it is seeking 10:45 and 20:50 arrival and 07:00 and 11:40 departure slots at Mexico City to retime its current flights from Houston Hobby International Airport.

4) Interjet specifically requests a slot-pair to accommodate a daily 16:25 arrival at JFK from Mexico City and a 17:40 daily departure for the return service. As an alternative it seeks a slot-pair with a JFK arrival from MEX at 21:00 and a departure at 22:15.
5) VivaAerobus is seeking a total of nine slot pairs in Mexico City (three in phase one and six in phase two) and two slot pairs in New York (both in phase two) to create within two years “an entire ULCC network from Mexico City that will greatly benefit US travellers and ensure access to low fares”.
6) Volaris is seeking to join Aeromexico and United Airlines in the Mexico City – Washington Dulles International market in 2017 and introduce new links to Mexico City from Ontario and San Jose in 2018 as part of a request for eight slot pairs at Mexico City and two slot pairs in New York.

http://www.routesonline.com/news/29/breaking-news/271049/us-and-mexican-airlines-vie-for-mexico-city-and-new-york-slot-rights/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=the-hub&utm_campaign=the-hub-AME&utm_content=the-hub-20170127
August 9th, 2017 at 10:14:29 AM permalink
reno
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Quote: Nareed
About 90% of what the TSA does is really pointless ritual.


So long as you're using a container labelled "Contact Lens Solution," you're allowed to bring 12 ounces of liquid on board. (Surely if the container is labelled "Contact Lens Solution" it can't possibly be dangerous.)

It's not easy to blow up an airplane with liquids. In fact, it's really, really impractical.

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Take your hydrogen peroxide, acetone, and sulfuric acid, measure them very carefully, and put them into drinks bottles for convenient smuggling onto a plane. It's all right to mix the peroxide and acetone in one container, so long as it remains cool. Don't forget to bring several frozen gel-packs (preferably in a Styrofoam chiller deceptively marked "perishable foods"), a thermometer, a large beaker, a stirring rod, and a medicine dropper. You're going to need them.

It's best to fly first class and order Champagne. The bucket full of ice water, which the airline ought to supply, might possibly be adequate - especially if you have those cold gel-packs handy to supplement the ice, and the Styrofoam chiller handy for insulation - to get you through the cookery without starting a fire in the lavvie.

Once the plane is over the ocean, very discreetly bring all of your gear into the toilet. You might need to make several trips to avoid drawing attention. Once your kit is in place, put a beaker containing the peroxide / acetone mixture into the ice water bath (Champagne bucket), and start adding the acid, drop by drop, while stirring constantly. Watch the reaction temperature carefully. The mixture will heat, and if it gets too hot, you'll end up with a weak explosive. In fact, if it gets really hot, you'll get a premature explosion possibly sufficient to kill you, but probably no one else.

After a few hours - assuming, by some miracle, that the fumes haven't overcome you or alerted passengers or the flight crew to your activities - you'll have a quantity of TATP with which to carry out your mission. Now all you need to do is dry it for an hour or two.

The genius of this scheme is that TATP is relatively easy to detonate. But you must make enough of it to crash the plane, and you must make it with care to assure potency. One needs quality stuff to commit "mass murder on an unimaginable scale," as Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson put it. While it's true that a slapdash concoction will explode, it's unlikely to do more than blow out a few windows. At best, an infidel or two might be killed by the blast, and one or two others by flying debris as the cabin suddenly depressurizes, but that's about all you're likely to manage under the most favorable conditions possible.


The acetone and sulfuric acid shouldn't be too difficult to acquire, but the hydrogen peroxide needs to be very high concentration. The hydrogen peroxide sold at your local Walgreens won't cut it.
August 9th, 2017 at 12:39:26 PM permalink
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Quote: reno
It's not easy to blow up an airplane with liquids. In fact, it's really, really impractical.


To begin with, I don't think many airlines give you an ice bucket when your order champagne, even in first class.

But, seriously, is that the only form of liquid explosives in existence?


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The acetone and sulfuric acid shouldn't be too difficult to acquire, but the hydrogen peroxide needs to be very high concentration. The hydrogen peroxide sold at your local Walgreens won't cut it.


You can concentrate hydrogen peroxide through a laborious, tedious, dangerous process of distillation.
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