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5 conveniences at Mexico City International Airport

Sofía Merino L.

Aeropuerto Benito Juárez

Gallery, museum, and exhibition are the words that come to mind when you touch down at Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City (MEX), where art has covered its terminals

 

Solidary handicraft

Instituto Casa de las Artesanías de Chiapas was created to promote the many traditional crafts in the Mexican state. In Terminal 1, between gates 13 and 14, you’ll find their beautiful store that sells ceramics, jewelry made of amber, and baskets, among other things. And the best part: by buying their pieces, you help to support these activities, since 100% of the proceeds go back to the artisans.

 

New construction

Celebrated English architect Norman Foster is the man responsible for the project of the new MEX: the building will have the shape of an ‘X’ and be six times larger than the current airport. While it’s not completed, the terminal keeps getting better: the area of Hall 75, for example, has been increased from 21,530 ft2 [2,000 m2] to over 96,870 ft2 [9,000 m2].

 

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Culinary arts

Anyone who likes Spanish food can’t leave the airport without stopping by the restaurant Casa Ávila. If their location in Terminal 2 (domestic arrivals) is crowded, go to their recently opened eatery in Terminal 1. Relax in the cozy atmosphere and try some of their works of art, like portion of Andalusian-style squid and, for the main course, roasted piglet or a delicious Valencian paella.

 

Caricatures by a great artist

Ernesto “El Chango” Cabral was a Mexican artist who stood out as one of the best cartoonists in the country. Until July 1, his work will be on display at Hall C in Terminal 1. His caricature of Salvador Dalí is a can’t-miss.

 

A lesson in history

In Hall B, between gates 3 and 4 in Terminal 1, there’s a mural by painter Juan O’Gorman, donated to the airport by the artist himself in 1939. La Conquista del Aire por el Hombre is comprised of 10 52.5-foot [16 m] long panels that portray the history of aviation. O’Gorman painted the mural between 1937 and 1938 and dedicated it to Frida Kahlo.