New Military Airport Construction is Underway in Mexico

Development at a navy base that’s slated to host the Mexican capital’s new industrial airport will start the subsequent week, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned on the website of the challenge on Wednesday.

“We are going to being the development of Mexico Metropolis’s new airport subsequent Monday,” mentioned Lopez Obrador in a speech on the Santa Lucia army air base, north of the sprawling capital within the neighboring State of Mexico. He didn’t want additional element the development plans, and it’s not the first time the president has introduced a begin time.

Lopez Obrador mentioned in late December that development would start in January for the controversial airport undertaking being overseen by the military.

The plan is a substitute for an element-constructed $13 billion Mexico Metropolis airport on the capital’s eastern flank which Lopez Obrador canceled on Oct. 29, just a few weeks before taking workplace.

Markets have been shocked by that call, which sparked a significant sell-off in Mexican financial assets.

The now-scrapped airport on the dried-out mattress of Lake Texcoco was the most significant public works venture launched by Lopez Obrador’s predecessor as president, Enrique Pena Nieto.

The leftist Lopez Obrador dismissed the Texcoco plan as tainted by corruption, geologically unsound and too pricey.

Lopez Obrador’s thought is to transform the Santa Lucia base right into an industrial airport and improve the capital’s present hub in addition to one other within the close by metropolis of Toluca.

The plan for Santa Lucia, which lies some 29 miles (47 km) north of the present Benito Juarez Worldwide Airport, isn’t fashionable with plenty of distinguished enterprise leaders who had been offended about the cancellation of the Texcoco airport.

Critics of the undertaking argue that Santa Lucia’s distance from the capital will deter tourism and will complicate journey for connecting flights from Mexico Metropolis.

As well as, engineering specialists have stated the Santa Lucia airport could not be capable of functioning the present hub simultaneously due to different flight paths.