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Mexico reaches deal with airlines on cargo transfer to new airport, president says

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican government and some airlines have reached an agreement to move cargo operations to a new airport on the outskirts of Mexico City to ease congestion at its main hub, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday.

Lopez Obrador said earlier this month cargo flights would be moved due to lack of space at the Benito Juarez International Airport. Around 3% of flights at the airport last year were for cargo, according to flight data.

Lopez Obrador said cargo operations will be transferred to the new airport in about four months. He named DHL as one of the companies working on the transition.

The first cargo plane will arrive at the Felipe Angeles International Airport the third week of February, Lopez Obrador said.

(Reporting by Raul Cortes Fernandez and Valentine Hilaire; Editing by Sharon Singleton)