AMLO announces construction will begin Monday on new airport

MEXICO CITY – Construction of the federal government’s new airport in México state will begin Monday, President López Obrador announced today, just as an official report came out warning that it could reach saturation just 10 years after starting operations.

“I’ll say in advance, because my chest isn’t a storeroom and I always say what I think, that we’re going to start construction of the new airport next Monday,” the president said at the inauguration of Feria Aeroespacial de México (FAMEX).

López Obrador said that US$4.15 billion airport will be named after Felipe Ángeles, a military hero of the Mexican Revolution.

He explained that there are 3,000 hectares of land available for construction at the Santa Lucía site whereas the current Mexico City airport has just 600 hectares.

“We’re talking five times the surface [area],” López Obrador said, adding that unlike the ancient lakebed in Texcoco, México state, where the cancelled Mexico City airport project was being built, the Santa Lucía site is “solid ground.”

The president declared that his decision to cancel the US$13 billion signature infrastructure project of the previous government had saved the Santa Lucía base from closure.

Source: Mexico News Daily