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Cancun International Airport launches new digital biometric kiosks

Cancun, Q.R. — The first digital biometric kiosks for automatic passenger registration were launched at three major airports around Mexico including Cancun International.

Flora Patricia Martínez, representative of the Ministry of the Interior said on Tuesday, the kiosks were launched at Mexico City International, Cancun and Los Cabos which process about 48,000 travelers per day.

The new electronic self-serve systems use biometrics rather than visas to enter and leave the country, but have the ability to read both documents and biometrics to identify a passenger.

Head of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, said that these devices are a faster, more comfortable and modern entry for national and international tourists to the country.

He explained that 40 are installed at the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM) distributed in the two terminals and that 40 are in the Cancun Terminal with 20 more in the Los Cabos Terminal.

The kiosks work with biometric data by using the information generated by the airlines, guaranteeing the confidentiality of the information.

Travelers who opt for the new self-serve kiosk can have their review complete within two and a half minutes, a system officials say will easily cut documentation waiting time in half when compared to using the airport migratory agent.

“As visitors to international airports grow, the needs of migration agents grow and that is something that does not make sense when we have the technology to help us with that challenge,” said the head of the SECTUR, Enrique de la Madrid.

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 a constraint or 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, they receive almost 75 percent of the total tourism that comes to the country by air.

Mexican government officials have spent the past two years incorporating the technology into the three busy airports to ensure efficient support the arrival of visitors from abroad.

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.

The project was done in collaboration with the National Institute of Migration (INM), the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) and the airports of Mexico City, Aeroportuarios del Sureste (Asur) and the Pacific (GAP).