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Construction Delays, Cost Overruns Could Postpone Opening of New Airport in Mexico City

LADB Article ID: 80384
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-08-23
By: Carlos Navarro

The Mexican Congress is deeply concerned about major delays and cost overruns in the construction of a new airport in Mexico City. The facility, which is targeted for completion in 2020, would handle about 120 million passengers per year, almost three times the rate of the Benito Juárez International Airport, which is also known as the Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México (AICM). President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration had originally planned to expand the existing facility in an easterly direction. However, subsequent studies showed that this plan would be insufficient to meet the rapidly growing passenger traffic projected for the Mexican capital in coming years. In addition to overcrowding, the current facility has limited capacity to handle flights because it only has four runways, two for landings and two for departures.The administration announced the change of plans in mid-2014, but did not release a full plan until September 2016, during Peña Nieto’s state-of-the-nation address. The Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México (NAICM), which is the name given to the planned facility, would be the second largest air terminal in the world, surpassed only by the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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