Three Mexico Airports Debut New Digital Biometric Kiosks

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The first digital biometric kiosks for automatic passenger registration were launched at three major airports around Mexico, including Cancún International Airport. Flora Patricia Martínez, representative of the Ministry of the Interior said the kiosks were also launched at Mexico City International Airport and Los Cabos International Airport.

The new electronic self-serve systems use biometrics rather than visas to enter and leave the country. Head of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, said that these devices are a faster for national and international tourists to the country. He explained that 40 were installed at Mexico City split between two terminals, 40 were added to the Cancún Terminal and that 20 more were added to the Los Cabos Terminal.

Travelers who opt for the new self-serve kiosk can have their review complete within two and a half minutes, according to system officials.

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The Secretary of Communications and Transportation stressed that, for every million new passengers that arrive by plane, 4,000 jobs are generated, hence the importance of airports not being an obstacle to growth for tourism. He specified that 120,000 passengers arrive daily at Mexico City International, and together with Los Cabos and Cancún, the airports receive almost 75 percent of the total tourism that comes into the country by air.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior said that the start-up of the new system will allow a more agile and efficient reception of tourists visiting Mexico, adding that Mexico is one of the most visited worldwide and the most important in Latin America.

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