Airport International News - June 2012
Mexico City Airport Shooting Kills Three
Posted by Paul Fiddian - Airport International's Lead Reporter on 26/06/2012 - 06:50:00
Mexico City International Airport has been the scene of a shooting incident in which three people were killed.
Mexico City, also known as Benito Juárez International Airport, handles more aircraft movements and passenger numbers than any other airport in Mexico. On 25 June, three policemen died there at the hands of two other police officers with suspected links to drug traffickers.
Mexico City International Airport's CCTV cameras obtained images of those responsible for the shootings that were clear enough to enable identification but, according to Mexico's Public Safety Department, the offenders have not yet been caught.
‘The Federal Police has identified the two officers who opened fire and several investigative units are now focused on capturing them', the department said in a statement.
Mexico City Airport Shooting
The Mexico City Airport shooting occurred in a densely-populated food court and, for some hours afterwards, passengers were kept out of this area. There was no direct impact, however, on the airport's usual arrivals and departures schedule.
"We were in the food court, and some policemen came in and started shooting at another policeman who was on the floor", Israel Lopez - an eyewitness - stated in comments quoted by the Associated Press. "It's surprising to see it happening at the airport", said another eyewitness. "It's one of the safest places in the city".
According to officials, Mexico City International Airport is a popular place for drug traffickers, but this is thought to have been the first time that the same location has experienced this kind of violence. In total, 90 kilograms of cocaine were seized at Mexico City International last year and, say the police, 200 more kilograms have been taken this year, so far.
International passengers made up around 30 per cent of the 26.4 million passengers handled by Mexico City Airport's two terminals during 2011, according to data published by Airports Council International.
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