New Mexico City International Airport
- Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México
- Investment (USD):
- Annual (pax):
- Initial: 76,000,000
- When completed: 120,000,000
- Annual (cargo, tonnes):
- 1200000 (forecast, 2030)
- 5,000m × 60m
- 5,000m × 60m
Confirmed by Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on 02-Sep-2014, new Mexico City International Airport will be constructed adjacent to Mexico City Juarez International Airport. The new MXP169 billion (USD11.3 billion) airport will have capacity for 120 million passengers p/a and feature six runways upon completion of its second phase, quadrupling Juarez's capacity. Mr Pena Nieto noted that the airport will be one of the biggest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Mexico. The airport was scheduled to commence operations on 20-Oct-2020, however the construction schedule has extended the completion to 2023.
Sep-2018. Mexico's incoming Secretary of Communications and Transports Javier Jimenez Espriu said construction works to develop New Mexico City International Airport will be completed in 2023, rather than in 2020.
Jul-2018. Mexico National Chamber of Air Transportation (CANAERO) stated it plans to present a new air industry agenda 2019-2024 to Mexico's President Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador. CANAERO said the agenda mainly emphasises aviation security, intelligent regulation, infrastructure improvements, facilitation of growth and sustainability of services. CANAERO president Sergio Allard also stated there is "no doubt" that it is necessary to construct New Mexico City International Airport to meet demand.
May-2018. Mexico's Presidential Candidate Andres Obrador considered a private initiative as an alternative to scrapping New Mexico City International Airport construction. Mr Obrador stated: "Why don't we do a concession? I wouldn't have a problem". Mr Obrador initially stated his plan for the Mexico City airport infrastructure was to repurpose Santa Lucia Air Base to handle commercial operations in parallel with Mexico City Juarez International Airport.
Mar-2018. Mexico's Government announced Grupo Aeroportuario de Mexico City (GACM) awarded a MXN7.1 billion (USD383 million) contract to a consortium comprising ICA Constructora, ICA Constructora de Infraestructura, Compañía Constructora Más and ICA Fluor Daniel, for apron area development at New Mexico City International Airport. The scope of the contract includes construction terminal platforms, MRO areas, a cargo terminal and the satellite building.
Jan-2018. Mexico's Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) reported phase one of the New Mexico City International Airport development project is expected to be complete by the end of 2020. Phase one will see the airport equipped to accommodate up to 76 million passengers p/a.
Sep-2017. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) is negotiating issuing USD2 billion in bonds to finance New Mexico City International Airport
Jun-2017. Mexico Minister of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said that New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) will have the capacity to handle up to 120 million passengers p/a. The new airport for Mexico City is slated to open in 2020.
May-2017. Mexico's Communications and Transports Secretariat (SCT) announced New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) construction awarded over MXN100 billion (USD5.2 billion) in contracts to 157 companies.
Mar-2017. New Mexico City International Airport's (NMCIA) development has resulted in 248 contracts being awarded amounting to MXN127 billion (USD6.5 billion) according to Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico general manager Federico Patiño Márquez. The OECD found that Mexico has invested about 5% of GDP in procurement processes for the airport, which is equivalent to 21% of public spending.
13-Feb-2017. ACCIONA signed the contract to build the New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) terminal.
09-Feb-2017. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) awarded the construction of New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) ATC tower to the consortium composed by Construcciones Aldesem, Jaguar Ingenieros Constructores and Aldesa Construcciones.
07-Feb-2017. Mexico’s Communications and Transports Secretariat (SCT) announced the tender result for the construction of the ATC tower at New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) will be announced in mid Feb-2017, with construction to commence immediately.
03-Feb-2017. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) is expected to tender 20 projects for the construction New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA), valued at MXN35 billion (USD1.7 billion) in 2017.
Jan-2017. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) awarded the contract for construction of the New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) terminal building to a consortium composed of Operadora CICSA, Constructora y Edificadora GIA+A, Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana, Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana de Infraestructura, La Peninsular Compañía Constructora, Operadora y Administración Técnica, Acciona Infraestructuras, Acciona Infraestructuras México, FCC Construcción, FCC Industrial e Infraestructuras Energéticas and ICA Constructora de Infraestructura. The contract is valued at MXN84.8 billion (USD3.9 billion). The four-storey, 743,000sqm terminal will feature 95 aerobridges and 68 remote boarding positions, becoming the world's third largest terminal after Dubai International Airport T3 and Beijing Capital International Airport T3. Phase I of construction will see the airport reach capacity of 68 million passengers p/a, while full capacity is expected to be 125 million passengers p/a.
15-Dec-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) announced it awarded the contract for the construction of New Mexico City International Airport’s (NMCIA) Multimodal Transport Centre foundation slab for the value of MXN1,399,983,017 (USD68.1 million). The awarded consortium is composed by EPCOR, SACYR Construcción México and SACYR Construcción.
08-Dec-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) announced that 23 companies presented bids for the construction of New Mexico City International Airport’s (NMCIA) passenger terminal. The tender is scheduled to announce the awardee on 06-Jan-2017. The lowest bid was MXN84.8 billion (USD4.2 billion).
18-Nov-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) announced it was awarded the tender for technical and administrative oversight of New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) infrastructure to a seven company consortium, for MXN371,518,951 (USD18 million). The consortium is composed of the following companies: Consultoría, Supervisión Técnica y Operación en Sistemas, SIFRA y Asociados, RAM Ingeniería y Servicios, MC Consorcio de Ingeniería, GEOSOL, INEPS, and PACCSA Ingeniería. The tender outlines the service to be provided as monitoring, controlling and supporting the construction of infrastructure related projects, including runways, taxiways, visual aids, and navigation.
09-Nov-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) signed the MXN7.3 billion (USD356 million) contract for the construction of New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) Runway 3 with the awarded consortium formed by Constructora y Edificadora Gia +A, Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana, La Peninsular Compañía Constructora, and Operadora Cicsa.
03-Nov-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico published the tender documentation for New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) ATC tower construction tender.
28-Oct-2016. Mexico Communications and Transports Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said over MXN100 billion (USD5.3 billion) have been allocated in 2016 for the construction of New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA), including the tender for the construction of runways 2 and 3, which are currently undergoing construction. The construction is scheduled to launch 14 tenders throughout 2017 valued at MXN40 billion (USD2.1 billion).
26-Oct-2016. Carso Infraestructura y Construccion is in talks with FCC and Acciona to jointly bid on a USD3.5 billion Mexico City Airport terminal project. The company, part of Carlos Slim's Grupo Carso, is finalising an agreement to form the consortium, which would include three other Mexican companies, all of which were partners from a winning bid for one of the airport's runways.
24-Oct-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) awarded the MXN7,555,647,477 (USD405,997,519) construction of the foundation slab to New Mexico City International Airport’s (NMCIA) Terminal building, to the five members consortium composed by ICA Constructora de Infraestructura, Impulsora de Desarrollo Industrial, Construcciones y Trituraciones, Constructora El Cajon, and Constructora y Operadora de Infraestructura.
07-Oct-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) launched the tender for oversight of construction of the New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) Runway 2, 3 and 6, including associated taxiways.
26-Sep-2016. Mexico Secretary of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Esparza announced so far, for the construction of New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) 180 tenders have been concluded, including major projects such as terrain levelling, electrical substation, ATC tower, Runways 2 and 3, as well as terminal building.
20-Sep-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) awarded the contract for the technical and administrative oversight of the construction of the terminal building of New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA). The tender had eight applications from 35 companies and the winning bid was MXN1,157,439,743 (USD58.9 million). The awardee is the consortium of: Cal y Mayor y Asociados; Ingenieria y Economia del Transporte (Ineco); Ingenieria y Economia Transportmex (Inecomex); AecomTechnical Services (ATS); Urs Corporation Mexico (URS); Supervision e Ingenieria de Proyectos (Supering); Ayesa Ingenieria y Arquitectura; Ayesa Mexico.
13-Sep-2016. New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) estimated construction cost increased by 6.6% to MXN180 billion (USD9.5 billion) attributed mainly to inflation adjustments which had not been updated since 2014.
06-Sep-2016. New Mexico City International Airport altered its master plan, which projects the airport will handle 68 million passengers p/a upon the conclusion of Phase I of construction works. Changes in the master plan include the addition of eight aerobridges, from initially projected 90, to a total of 98. In addition, remote boarding positions also increased from 30 to 42.
06-Sep-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) awarded two consortia the construction of both Runway 2 and Runway 3 of New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA). Runway 2 construction tender was awarded to the consortium formed by Coconal and Constructora y Pavimentador VISE, with a bid of MXN7.9 billion (USD427.5 million). Runway 3 construction was awarded to the consortium formed by CICSA, Constructora y Edificadora Gia+A, Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana, and La Peninsular Compania Constructora, with a bid of MXN7.4 billion (USD397 million). The runways will be 5000m x 60m in addition to taxiways.
02-Sep-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) awarded GAMI Ingenieria e Instalaciones the MXN669.6 million (USD35.7 million) tender for the construction of the concrete foundation pylons for the ATC tower and terminal building of New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA).
31-Aug-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) announced the result of the tender process for the construction of the electrical substation at New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA), awarding Proyectos y Construcciones Urisa a contract at the value of MXN1.1 billion (USD59.2 million).
08-Aug-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) confirmed receiving 16 proposals for the construction of the 5000m by 60m Runway 3, taxiways and tunnelling areas at New Mexico City International Airport, totalling 50 domestic and international companies.
01-Aug-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) released the pre-tender documentation for the construction of the New Mexico City International Airport’s (NMCA) 90m ATC tower.
29-Jul-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) and NAFIN signed an agreement to finance the construction of New Mexico City International Airport. The agreement gives contract providers access to finance of up to 50% of the capital required to fulfil their contract.
29-Jul-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) announced that 10 tenders for the construction of New Mexico City International Airport will be released throughout 2H2016, budgeted at MXN104 billion (USD5.4 billion). The 10 tenders include electrical substation, two runways, terminal foundations, ground slab and terminal itself, ATC, and management of the project.
18-Jul-2016. Mexico Communications and Transportations Secretariat announced bidders from 40 countries will be qualified to partake in tender for the construction of the terminal building of the New Mexico City International Airport. Site visiting for interested parties will be on 27/28-Jul-2016.
Jun-2016. New Mexico City International Airport's (NMCIA) runway construction tender is attracting the interest of a consortium formed by Carso Infraestrutura y Construccion, Grupo Gia, Prodemex, and Grupo Hermes. The value of the tender is estimated at USD1.56 billion for two runways.
May-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico launched a public tender for the construction of the New Mexico City International Airport Terminal building. The terminal specification features four floors adding up to 760,000sqm with 94 aerobridges and 42 remote boarding locations.
28-Apr-2016. Trimble announced it has been selected by Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) to provide consulting services for the Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de Mexico (new Mexico City International Airport). Trimble will support the use of a building information modeling enabled project delivery system by a FR-EE and Foster + Partners joint venture.
26-Apr-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico released the documentation of the construction tender for both Runway 2 and 3 of the New Mexico City International Airport.
22-Apr-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico announced that throughout 2016, 38 construction tenders will be launched in a total of 10 work packages for the New Mexico City International Airport.
07-Apr-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico launched three new tender processes for the construction of New Mexico City International Airport. The tenders are related to the construction of Runway 3, the construction of the foundations of both the ATC tower and Passenger Terminal, and the technical oversight and administration of the construction of the Passenger Terminal building. Total cost of the three tenders is USD179 million.
05-Apr-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico launched the tender process for the construction of New Mexico City International Airport Runway 2. The awardee will have a maximum of 865 days to complete the construction valued at MXN2.4 billion (USD141 million).
Mar-2016. Harsco Corporation was awarded a USD10 million contract to provide high-security fencing for the New Mexico City International Airport.
15-Feb-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) awarded IUYET Consortium a MEX47.9 million (USD2.5 million) contract for geological survey of runways, apron, taxiways, and terminal and auxiliary building at the New Mexico City International Airport. The project is scheduled to conclude 75 days after the signing of the contract.
10-Feb-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM), the group responsible for the construction of New Mexico City International Airport, stated that the price of constructing the airport increased by 18% due to the strong devaluation of the Mexican peso. Imported materials for the airport’s construction weigh 40% on the total value of the airport, raising the price for materials. GACM expects 90% of ground levelling works to be complete by 2HFY2016, while the whole phase I of the airport's construction is expected to conclude by Oct-2020.
12-Jan-2016. Mexico Communications and Transports Secretariat announced that the investment for adaptation works at Mexico City Juarez International Airport in order to receive A380 aircraft surpassed MXN300 million (USD16 million). The adaptation works include expansion of passenger/hour capacity in gates 75 and 33 at Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 respectively. The first A380 aircraft to arrive at the airport is expected to land on 12-Jan-2016.
11-Jan-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico announced that by the end off FY2016, 90% of the ground levelling works to the New Mexico City International Airport will be concluded. In addition, 80% of the 33km perimeter fence is expected to be conclude by the end of FY2016.
08-Jan-2016. Mexico Communications and Transports Secretariat inaugurated the first part of the main access road which will be used by the New Mexico City International Airport. The conclusion of the construction is delayed until Dec-2016 due to complications with the local population. The construction was initially scheduled to commence in Nov-2014, and to be concluded by Aug-2016. The delay could affect the flow of construction material and removal of rejects from the NMCIA construction site.
07-Jan-2016. New Mexico City International Airport stated a total of 21 tenders have been issued in relation to the redevelopment of the facility, which is estimated to require MXN58.4 million (USD3.3 million). The airport stated there has been “substantial” response for six tenders, which focus on preliminary work on the project. Tenders to be awarded in 2016 include the terminal construction, construction of the fuelling terminal, installation of navigational systems, firefighting stations and roadways. The airport reportedly has 35% of the total cost secured, from various bodies and government grants.
04-Jan-2016. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) said it has scheduled to launch 10 tender processes for the construction of New Mexico City International Airport throughout FY2016. These tender processes will include the construction of fuels terminal, passenger terminal, air navigation systems, runway lighting systems, and emergency services station.
18-Dec-2015. New Mexico City International Airport awarded Omega Construcciones Industriales, Calzada, Construcciones and Dragados del Sureste the contract for removal of construction waste from the construction site. The contract is valued at MXN493,916,475 (USD28.9 million).
14-Dec-2015. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) awarded Coconal the contract for clearing and levelling the grounds for the New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA). Coconal’s bid was valued at MXN1760 Billion (USD101 million) and competed with other 31 proposals.
11-Dec-2015. Mexico’s Communications and Transport Secretariat announced the tender for the construction of New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA) will be carried out 1H2016. These will include construction of the terminal, aerobridges, fuel distribution lines, navigation systems and fuel terminal. In 2H2016, tender process will be carried out for the construction of fire emergency station, supporting buildings, access roads, parking, and operations centre. In addition, the secretariat announced that winners for the levelling and drainage tender as well as tender for the construction of runway 2 and 3 will be unveiled still in Dec-2015.
07-Dec-2015. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) postponed the decision over the ground-clearing tender for the New Mexico City International Airport. The decision to delay the decision was taken due to the large amount of proposals received by GACM, 47 in total, summing up to 97 participants.
25-Nov-2015. Mexico’s lower house approved FY2016 budget that will benefit construction companies of New Mexico City International Airport (NMCIA). The lower house approved an expenditure of MXN5.5 billion (USD333 million) in FY2016 dedicated to the construction of the first phase of the MMCIA, which includes the terminal and three runways.
23-Nov-2015. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico, group responsible for overseeing the development of new Mexico City International Airport, announced the initial specifications for the tender relating to ground surveys as well as slab works for the construction of the terminal and the control tower. The ground survey will also include load tests, which are scheduled to take place in the next three to five months.
20-Nov-2015. Carso SAB Group (CSG) holds a privileged position on bidding processes related to the construction of new Mexico City International Airport. Mexico’s government indicated that priority will be given to local companies when awarding construction contracts for the airport.
16-Nov-2015. Volaris CEO Enrique Beltranena urged a more active involvement from carriers in the design of the new Mexico City International Airport, noting Volaris wants to “participate and want to be an active part of this project.”
12-Nov-2015. New Mexico City International Airport said it expects to conclude Phase I construction works by 2020. The airport will initially have capacity for 50 million passengers p/a, increasing to 120 million passengers once the project is complete. The group overseeing the project expects no delays to the commencement of the first stage of the construction.
Nov-2015. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico informed the schedule for the commencement of construction works on new Mexico City International Airport is as planned and without delays. The first bidding process related to terrain levelling was attended by 165 interested Mexican construction companies. Initial works are scheduled to start 03-Dec-2015.
30-Oct-2015. Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto said the country would follow the "open contracting data standard" developed by the World Bank in receiving and evaluating bids for the USD13 billion New Mexico City International Airport. Pena Nieto said this would also enable independent auditors to scrutinise how the project is executed following allegations of improper procurement practices for the airport’s initial tenders in 2014.
28-Oct-2015. New Mexico City International Airport reported approximately 64 companies have attended clarification meetings for three construction tenders for the airport. The airport has received three bids for the first package, which includes construction of temporary access roads and levelling and clearance of the site.
12-Oct-2015. Mexico’s Secretary of Transportation Yuriria Mascott reported 68 tender applications have been received to commence land leveling on the site of New Mexico City International Airport. The proposals will be opened on 21-Oct-2015 with a decision by 03-Nov-2015.
12-Oct-2015. Mexico’s Federal District Government announced several community meetings on 19/20/21-Oct-2015 to discuss the future of the 710ha currently occupied by Mexico City Juarez International Airport. The meetings will seek input about possible future uses of the site. The airport will be replaced by New Mexico City International Airport in 2020.
01-Oct-2015. Mexico's Ministry of Transport and Communications announced the launch of a tender package for the construction of the new Mexico City International Airport (NAICM). Details are as follows:
- Contract for the loading, hauling and unloading of material: opening of proposals on 15-Oct-2015 with a ruling to be made on 22-Oct-2015;
- Contract for land leveling and clearance: opening of proposals on 21-Oct-2015 with a ruling to be made on 03-Nov-2015;
- Contract for construction of temporary roads: opening of proposals on 19-Oct-2015 with a ruling to be made on 30-Oct-2015.
30-Sep-2015. JPMorgan Chase & Co will help manage the sale of USD6 billion in bonds to fund the new Mexico City International Airport (NAICM) construction project. JPMorgan Chase & Co is also coordinating with Citigroup Inc and HSBC Holdings Plc a USD3 billion revolving credit line, to be completed by the end of 2015; this financing will eventually be replaced by the long-term bonds. The revolving credit line combines a USD1 billion loan signed in 2014 with one planned for 2015 worth USD2 billion, according to Airport Group of Mexico City CEO Federico Patino.
23-Sep-2015. New Mexico City International Airport's (NAICM) opening, currently scheduled for 20-Oct-2020, could be delayed by a year, according to Mexico City Juarez International Airport (AICM) director general Alexandro Argudin. The dismantling of the AICM, which can only commence when the NAICM is operational, is expected to last three years, according to Mr Argudin.
22-Sep-2015. Airport Group of Mexico City director general Federico Patino stated the exchange rate between the MXN and USD does not risk delaying or suspending the new airport project.
13-Sep-2015. Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transport announced the inauguration of construction works of the new Mexico City International Airport (NAICM). NAICM Corporate Director Raul Gonzalez claimed the project would not receive reductions to the budget. Mr Gonzalez stated: "We think it will not affect us; we believe we have sufficient resources to maintain a critical path that will lead to the opening of the airport on 20-Oct-2020".
10-Sep-2015. Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transport announced the launch of the first tender package related to the construction of the new Mexico City International Airport. The tender is related to the construction of temporary access roads, drainage, paving, signaling and land levelling.
11-Sep-2015. Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transportation may face a 25.1% year-on-year reduction in funds in the 2016 budget, which could affect the new Mexico City International Airport (NAICM) construction project. According to the Draft Budget of Expenditures of the Federation, the federal government could reduce the amount allocated to the project by 19% to MXN5.5 billion (USD324 million).
03-Sep-2015. Airport Group of Mexico City (GACM) awarded 50 contracts, collectively valued at MXN1.6 billion (USD95 million), related to the New Mexico City International Airport (NAICM) construction project. GACM awarded 19 contracts via restricted invitation, 22 directly and nine through a public tender process.
Sep-2015. Mexico's government will launch 21 tenders regarding hydraulic systems for the new Mexico City International Airport (NAICM) construction project in early Sep-2015, according to National Water Commission director Roberto Ramirez de la Parra. The hydraulic plan is expected to cost MXN19.22 billion (USD115 million).
17-Aug-2015. Mexico's National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) stated it instructed the Airport Group of Mexico City (GACM) to deliver a public version of the general executive draft of the new Mexico City International Airport (NAICM). INAI also set a three year ban on releasing classified information relating to the airport due to national security reasons.
14-Aug-2015. The New Mexico City International Airport (NAICM) construction project will attract a bid from ICA to build the facility's three runways. Tenders for the airport's infrastructure are scheduled to commence in Sep-2015.
12-Aug-2015. New Mexico City International Airport's construction project could receive 70% of financing from the private sector, up from a previous estimate of 42%. An increase in private sector participation could mean increasing bond issuance for the project to USD9 billion from an original forecast of USD6 billion. Mexico's government is reportedly intending to reduce spending on public projects due to falling oil prices and production.
Aug-2015. Mexico's National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) stated it instructed the National Bank of Public Works and Services (Banobras) to deliver the list of contracts for studies regarding the construction of the New Mexico City International Airport.
09-Jul-2015. The Airport Group of Mexico City and Mexico's Communications and Transportation Ministry specified that the launch date of commercial operations at new Mexico City International Airport will be 20-Oct-2020.
08-Jul-2015. Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) commenced the process for 21 tender packages regarding the construction of the new Mexico City International Airport, collectively valued at more than MXN95 billion (USD6 billion). Mexico Minister of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said "the scheme of packaging bids will mean we receive proposals from contractors with proven experience... resulting in the highest quality and speed of execution possible." The timetable for the launch of tenders is as follows:
- 2H2015: Tenders for preliminary works, which include drainage, foundation laying, electricity supply works, the control tower and three runways;
- 2016: Tenders for the terminal building, boarding platforms, fuel distribution lines, electronic airport control systems, a central tunnel, fire stations, support buildings and road projects;
- 2017: Tenders for a multi-modal transportation center, employee car parks, operations facilities, general parking and second phase road works.
28-Jun-2015. Airport Group of Mexico City (GACM) is reportedly studying three options for connecting the new Mexico City International Airport with the city via a metro line. The new airport could potentially connect with stations at Muzquiz, Pantitlán or La Paz, according to GACM corporate director of infrastructure Raúl González. GACM will organise a feasibility study before delivering a proposal to the Ministry of Finance regarding resources.
23-Jun-2015. Banco Santander will reportedly contribute an initial tranche of MXN3 billion (USD195 million) towards the financing of the new Mexico City International Airport construction project. Mexico's government stated 58% of the construction would be financed by public resources with 42% coming from the private sector.
23-Jun-2015. Bombardier proposed a metro line could be constructed from the new Mexico City International Airport to Plaza Carso, in the city's business district, which could potentially accommodate a monorail. The proposal follows an announcement by Airport Group of Mexico City that the new airport could have two light rail metro lines built in the upcoming construction phase.
18-Jun-2015. new Mexico City International Airport could have two light rail metro lines built in the upcoming construction phase, according to Airport Group of Mexico City (GACM) corporate director of infrastructure Raúl González. Mr González said: "We are discussing with the authorities to find out what is the best option and we are seeing two lines included in the medium term."
11-Jun-2015. Airport Group of Mexico City (GACM) produced technical advances and projections for the new Mexico City International Airport operations. GACM corporate director for infrastructure Raul Gonzalez Apaolaza said in the initial phase the airport will have thee runways operating simultaneously, one terminal, 50 million passengers p/a and 550,000 movements p/a.
09-Jun-2015. Banco Interacciones will seek to participate in the construction the new Mexico City International Airport's water and road infrastructure, according to director Gerardo Salazar Viezca. Mexico's Transport Ministry set aside MXN16.4 billion (USD1 billion) for the airport's hydraulic infrastructure.
07-Jun-2015. Mexico's Government agreed to provide a MXN770 million (USD49.5 million) guarantee to ensure financing for remediation work to reduce the environmental impact of the new Mexico City International Airport project
07-Jun-2015. IATA signed an MoU with Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transportation for the provision of technical and operational assistance for the design and construction of the new Mexico City International Airport until the new facility is completed around 2020.
May-2015. Mexico's Minister for Transport and Communications Gerardo Ruiz Esparza says the timetable of the tender process for the construction contracts at the new Mexico City International Airport will be announced in Jun-2015. The contracts regard the construction of the runway, cargo and passenger terminals. The new facility will also reportedly have a 670-hectare metropolitan forest.
23-Apr-2015. Airport Group of Mexico City (GACM) director general Miguel Ángel Núñez Soto said the New Mexico City International Airport will commence operations from Oct-2020. Mr Núñez Soto revealed that billions worth of bonds will be issued to help finance the new airport. "Mexicans will be able to invest in the construction of this airport via the issuance of bonds," he said. Mexico's federal government will contribute 58% of the total investment in the airport.
22-Apr-2015. Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO) director Juan Pardinas called on the Federal Competition Commission (Cofece) to participate in the tendering processes for the New Mexico City International Airport, citing selection transparency. Mr Pardinas added the competition watchdog will set a benchmark "in the extent of time and capacity" on the project's delivery.
31-Mar-2015. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de Mexico (GACM) confirmed that the construction companies to participate in the New Mexico City International Airport will be selected through competitive bidding according to Mexico's Ministry of Communication and Transport. "To date no invitation has been extended to a particular company or country" claimed GACM.
10-Mar-2015. Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History will undertake a study at the site designated for the New Mexico City International Airport. The institute will assess the archaeological and cultural value of the area and deliver a decision regarding the proposed development.
26-Feb-2015. Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said construction of the New Mexico City International Airport could commence in Sep/Oct-2015.
13-Feb-2015. The latest estimate for the cost of the enterprise is MXP169 billion (USD11.3 billion)
12-Feb-2015. The Mitre Corporation international director Dr Bernardo Lisker said the new international airport in Mexico City is "probably the most advanced modern airport project worldwide". He said: "This is an enormously important project for Mexico, without which the nation's economy would suffer a bottleneck very soon... Building the new airport in the Texcoco area was by far the best alternative... It will be the first airport in Latin America with simultaneous traffic flow to and from more than one airstrip, and it will be the world's first outside of the US to handle three traffic flows simultaneously." The USD12.5 billion airport, located on a 4600ha site, will reportedly be the largest public works project during President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration.
11-Feb-2015. IATA signed an agreement with Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) to support the development of New Mexico City International Airport. As part of the agreement IATA will provide supervision and advise on technical and operational aspects of the new airport, as well as best-practice guidance on airspace and slot management.
Jan-2015. New Mexico City International Airport reported Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México (Airport Group of Mexico City) would receive the concession to build, manage and operate the new airport. The agreement is valid for 50 years from the beginning of operations. Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México owns the existing Mexico City Juarez International Airport.
Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) awarded Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) the contract to construct parts of New Mexico City International Airport, including the runways and navigation aids. The proposal was one of four under evaluation and also offered the lowest price at USD86 million.
NACO is a member of the joint venture which has won the tender issued by Grupo Aeroportuario de la Cuidad de México to design the runways, taxiways, platforms and support buildings for the airport. This is NACO’s second big assignment for this airport after winning the design for the airport’s passenger terminal with Foster + Partners and FR-EE in 2014. NACO will team up with Royal HaskoningDHV and with the Mexican engineering consultancies Grupo TADCO and Grupo SACMAG. NACO will be designing three runways capable of accommodating the A380, and all the related taxiways, platforms and support buildings on the 44sqkm project site.
Dec-2014. New Mexico City International Airport's construction tender process has yet to begin because the project is still at the planning and design stage, according to Mexico's Secretariat of Transport and Communications. Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in 2015 with completion predicted for late 2018 at the earliest.
The preliminary construction subsequently began on 21-Dec-2014 with preparation for earthworks and highway connectivity underway, according to Transport Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza.
The Association of Civil Engineers of Mexico Transport Committee coordinator Jorge de la Madrid Virgen stated airfield and terminal construction of the new airport will be tendered in two or three phases, with the aim of accelerating the construction of the facility.
Nov-2014. Mexico's Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI) requested the Airport Group in Mexico City (CMAG) provide information regarding its proposed New Mexico City International Airport project, according to Commissioner Joel Salas Suarez. IFAI reportedly received a complaint from the Mexico City Government, citing the airport group is withholding information from the city about the MXN120 billion (USD9.1 billion) project. The City has requested the airport group to deliver information on environmental impact measures, scheduling, stages of construction, method of recruitment as well as its overall project plan.
Oct-2014. Mexico's Chamber of Construction (CMIC) confirmed 30 Mexican companies to date have expressed interest in bidding for the new Mexico City International Airport tender, according to president Luis Zarate. Mr Zarate stated the tender will be "competitive" with international contractors expected to enter the bidding war.
Sep-2014. Mexico's Secretariat of Transport and Communications (SCT) clarified that no firms have yet been selected to construct new Mexico City International Airport. The SCT added the eventual concession would be carried out in "absolute transparency and in strict accordance with current legislation".
The Mexican Senate approved the creation of a special cross-party committee to monitor the construction of the airport consisting of nine Senators. The committee will request and review any information related to the airport's construction that is necessary for public agencies.
The new airport's construction is reported to be supported by a majority of the capital's population, and the greatest preference for the future of the current Juarez Airport site is for it to become an ecological green space, according to surveys.
Construction tenders for the airport have drawn interest from Mexican construction firms Grupo ICA and Grupo Corso, who have taken stakes in a holding company together with seven other firms to bid on the project, according to the Mexico Construction Industry Chamber (CMIC). The other firms are Coconal, Gia, La Peninsular, Marhnos, Teya and Tredeco, and each will take turns leading the consortium for six-month periods.
The airport could end up costing MXN662 billion (USD50.3 billion) in total construction, operating and maintenance costs by 2069, when the final phase is expected to be complete, according to US engineering firm Parsons.
Senator Alejandro Encinas warned the future site of the new airport on Lake Texcoco is "less than ideal" for an airport considering the area is a flood zone, and would be "ecological suicide and a threat to urban development". Mr Encinas cited a 1995 study by the National Autonomous University of Mexico which said construction on the site would have "significantly adverse" environmental impact and would threaten 120 native bird species with extinction. However, Mexico's Environment Secretary Juan Guerra insisted the airport will "not only be a sustainable airport, [it] will also contribute to the restoration of the surrounding area",. Mr Guerra noted the plan envisages the rehabilitation of surrounding lands and construction of lagoons that will harvest rain water to avoid flooding. Six man-made lakes will also be constructed.
The airport could become the largest logistics hub in Latin America with 1.2 million tonnes p/a being handled by 2030, according to Mexico's Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo. Mr Guajardo cautioned that this would depend on logistics services developing along side the infrastructure. Guagalajara Airport is currently the only Mexican airport with cold storage facilities and therefore the only airport with the ability to handle produce exports in the country.
Construction begins in Oct-2014 and will take four-to-six years to complete with hydraulic works and soil improvements, as well as improving connectivity to the site, as confirmed by Mexico's Secretariat of Communications and Transport. Hydraulic works as well as soil and connectivity improvements will be the first to get underway, engineering projects which Transport Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said are necessary before the construction tender process can begin. Work on the airport itself is expected to begin in mid-2015. The project includes 12 roadwork projects to connect the site with the rest of the capital and beyond, a mix of extensions and renovations to existing roads and the construction of new ones.
The airport will be constructed on 4536ha of Government land and therefore the project will not require the acquisition of any additional land, according to Mexico's Secretary of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development.
The airport will remain in state hands upon completion, according to Mexico's Transport Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, while the project will be financed through a combination of current cash flow and bonds to finance the airport's construction, according to project finance director Federico Patiño. The initial construction work will be financed by excess cash flows from the operation of Juarez International Airport, which will be "sufficient" to cover initial costs, according to Mr Patiño. The issuance of 30-year bonds is being considered to finance later phases of the project though Mr Patiño said specific financing programs will be created to fund different elements of the project.
Foster + Partners chairman and founder Norman Foster stated, "Stansted Airport’s reinvention of the conventional terminal in the 1990s was emulated worldwide, this breaks with that model for the first time. It pioneers a new concept for a large-span, single airport enclosure, which will achieve new levels of efficiency and flexibility. Its design provides the most flexible enclosure possible to accommodate internal change and an increase in capacity. The recently announced MXN120 billion (USD9.1 billion) airport will eventually have capacity for 120 million passengers p/a and its first phase is expected to be complete by late 2018 or early 2019.
The New Mexico City International Airport's design was unveiled by Foster + Partners, who won the design competition in collaboration with Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) and Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO), the firm confirmed. Highlights include:
- 555,000sqm single terminal building with 95 gates "enclosed within a continuous lightweight gridshell, embracing walls and roof in a single, flowing form, evocative of flight" and designed for Mexico City's "challenging" soil conditions;
- No internal trains or underground tunnels;
- Designed to accommodate expected passenger increases to 2028 "and beyond";
- Designed to be the "world's most sustainable airport" and only airport in the world certified LEED Platinum, with design works featuring rainwater collection, daylight direction and temperatures to be maintained with almost 100% outside air, leaving "little or no" need for additional heating or air conditioning;
- "Monumental scale" with three times the span of conventional airports and a maximum internal span of 170m;
- No ducts or pipes in roofing allowing "environmental skin" to be revealed, terminal instead serviced from beneath.
President Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed plans for the New Mexico City International Airport which will be constructed adjacent to the existing Juarez International Airport. The new MXN120 billion (USD9.1 billion) airport will have capacity for 120 million passengers p/a and feature six runways upon completion of its second phase, quadrupling Juarez's capacity. Mr Pena Nieto noted the project will one the biggest infrastructure undertakings in Mexico in recent times as well as one of the largest in the world. Mr Pena Nieto said the airport would be Mexico's "gateway to the world", adding, "The current saturation [at Juarez] restricts travel between states of the country, limits Mexico's connectivity to the world, [and] slows investment and commerce". The initial phase will be complete by late 2018 or early 2019 with three 4000-5000m runways and the capability to handle A380 operations. Mexico's Business Coordination Council president Gerardo Gutierrez Candiani said the private sector supports and has been expecting the announcement "for decades." The project will not require additional land acquisition as it will be built on federal land adjacent to Juarez, and will place special emphasis on environmental sustainability as the airport will be built on a portion of the drained Lake Texcoco. The tender process is expected to open by the end of 2014. A previous plan for a new airport in the same region was scrapped in the early 2000s after heavy protests, increased pressure on Juarez as it instituted slot restrictions ease capacity constraints and is now saturated at peak times.
Aug-2014. The new airport could have initial capacity for around 36 million passengers p/a and eventually be expanded to 100 million passengers p/a, according to engineering firm Parsons which is reported to be involved in the project's design. The project is drawing interest from Mexican engineering firms and conglomerates including ICA, Pinfra and Carso, as well as Spanish engineering firm OHL, which is a shareholder in the neighbouring Toluca Airport.
The replacement airport could triple Juarez's capacity and initially feature three runways and the ability for simultaneous operations. The project could reportedly be complete in four-to-five years, and at least be in partial operation by the end of President Enrique Pena Nieto's term in 2018. The airport will reportedly be constructed 5km from Juarez in the Lake Texcoco region, though despite the proximity will be considered a new airport while the old facility may then be converted for other use such as a convention centre.
The Mexican Institute of Competitiveness (IMCO) stated that the current airport is "insufficient to meet the needs of the 21st century" and that the capital "clearly needs a new airport", in a study on the capital's aviation infrastructure. IMCO noted Mexico City's population has increased by 17 million since the airport's construction in 1952 and that Juarez's congesting impacts on economic growth. The airport has been saturated at peak times since 2012 and will no longer be able to meet full passenger demand by 2015, IMCO warned. This would then result in a negative impact on the Mexican economy, considering aviation is a driver of the tourism industry which contributes 3.4% to Mexico's GDP.
Mexico City Juarez International Airport's replacement decision will be made by the end of 3Q2014, according to Mexico's Secretary of Transport and Communications Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, while reports suggest the announcement of a new facility located near the current airport will be made by President Enrique Pena Nieto during his state-of-the-nation address on 02-Sep-2014. Mr Ruiz Esparza said the site of a potential new airport would likely be Lake Texcoco, which has proven controversial in the past due to environmental impact concerns, and that final design and technical studies are currently underway to determine the feasibility of the project. The airport would be constructed on a 12,500ha site and require a MXN120 billion (USD9.2 billion) investment, according to Mr Ruiz Esparza, who added the facility would be self-financing similar to Juarez. The long-awaited project is reportedly expected to be complete by 2018 and may be the biggest infrastructure project undertaken during Mr Pena Nieto's term. The airport will be constructed in two phases and feature at least three runways, according to Mexican Construction Industry Chamber (CMIC) EVP Angel Macias, who added that Mexico's largest construction company Empresas ICA SAB and Grupo Carso SAB are among seven Mexican firms interested in the project.
The US firm Parsons is reported to have been selected to construct a new airport for Mexico City according to the mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti. Speaking with Mexico's President Enrique Pena, Mr Garcetti said, "I am happy to announce that Parsons, a local engineering and construction firm, will form a consortium with Mexican companies to build the new Mexico City International Airport." The statement comes despite no tender or firm plan being announced as to whether the current airport, or nearby Toluca Airport, will be expanded or replaced. Parsons has been involved in a number of airport improvement projects.
Jul-2014. The airport's expansion project will be revealed in the coming months, according to the Transport Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza. Mr Ruiz Esparza said the heavily anticipated project is expected to cost over MXN120 billion and eventually triple passenger capacity to 120 million passengers p/a with the airport featuring up to six runways.
Jun-2014. The Secretary of Communications and Transport later cautioned any plans for a replacement or expansion of Juarez Airport remain in the analysis phase and no decision has yet been made. He noted the project is indeed expected to cost around MXN120 billion (USD9.2 billion) according to expert estimates, but declined to comment further.
The Mexican Government is reviewing design plans for a new MXN120 billion (USD9.23 billion) Mexico City Airport which will eventually have six runways and be able tom accommodate 60 milllion ppa, and is expected to commence operations by 2018. The new hub is due to replace the existing Juarez Airport and would be constructed on the area of the Texcoco lake bed nearby. The development plan notes that the existing facility, which exceeded maximum operating capacity more than 50 times in 2012, has reduced the competitiveness of Mexico City and induced security risks.
May-2014. The airport's CEO Alfonso Sarabia reiterated a decision on whether to expand the facility or build a replacement is expected by Jul-2014, but that in either case the Government will provide 35%-40% of the financing required. Mr Sarabia said that whatever the decision "we must be prepared" and "cannot wait until the last minute", and that the "best" architectural firms in the country are working with international firms on designs so as to hit the ground running when the decision is made. Mr Sarabia declined to comment on which alternative is more feasible, saying the experts currently studying them "will tell us what is best". An expansion would see the airport take over adjacent government-owned land near Lake Texcoco, while there are potential sites in the suburbs of Tizayuca, Toluca and Texcoco for a new airport. Six runways would be required in the capital to meet future demand, while the project is expected to cost around MXN120 billion (USD9.3 billion), Mr Sarabia said.
The Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT) announced plans to begin renovation works at the airport in 2014 to relieve congestion at the saturated facility. The works include renovation and modernisation works on the terminals as well as runway improvement works to allow the facility to handle A380s. Airbus previously stated it expects Mexico City to see an increasing number of A380 services over the next 20 years, while both Lufthansa and Air France have expressed interest in deploying the type to the Mexican capital. Timeframes and costs are yet to be revealed. A decision on the construction of a new facility to replace Juarez or its controversial expansion onto adjacent grounds is expected in the coming months as well.
Apr-2014. The National Water Commission (Conagua) ex-director Jose Luis Luege Tamargo expressed his opposition to the prospect of expanding Juarez International Airport on federal lands east of the facility over Lake Texcoco, due to the risk of "catastrophic flooding" which could "jeopardise the safety of airport users" as the region is constitutionally designated as a flood zone. Mr Luege Tamargo suggested construction of a new facility at Tizayuca, located just outside the Federal District in neighbouring Hidalgo State, as a more suitable alternative for environmental reasons. Similar environmental concerns have been raised over eastward expansion of Juarez, while a final decision on relieving congestion at the saturated capital airport is expected during northern summer 2014.
Mar-2014. Transport Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said a decision on whether to construct a new airport at Tizayuca, outside Mexico City, will depend on the outcome of studies of how to expand capacity at Mexico City as "you cannot make isolated decisions" in the industry. Mr Ruiz Esparza said whatever decision is taken to relieve congestion in the Mexican capital region should take advantage of all infrastructure in the region, including airpots at Toluca, Curenavaca, Puebla and Queretaro. Mr Ruiz Esparza reiterated that various studies on the situation are expected to be complete by Jun-2014.
Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera said a project to analyse the extension of the airport's two runways is underway which could expand the congested facility's capacity by allowing simultaneous operations on the two strips. Mr Ángel Mancera also noted land ownership and environmental factors are delaying the expansion of the facility in general.
Feb-2014. Juarez Airport's eastward expansion has reportedly fallen out of favour with the Government, which is now reportedly considering the construction of a new facility in the suburb of Texcoco according to media sources. The new facility would reportedly require a MXN5.2 billion (USD395 million) investment, feature between two and six runways and be complete by 2018. It would reportedly be designed with a 40-year lifespan in mind, and may be connected with Juarez via a rail link.
Juarez Airport's expansion onto 12,000ha of neighbouring land could be complete within six years at a cost of MXN80 billion (USD6 billion), and have capacity for up to 120 million passengers p/a, according to Secretary of Transport and Communications Gerardo Ruiz Esparza. Expansion plans have yet to be finalised as concerns have been raised over the environmental impact of building on adjacent lands instead of constructing a new facility outside the city, while studies on the subject are currently under way.
Jan-2014. The airport's expansion will reportedly cost "at least" USD14 billion, while technical challenges such as the "soft" soils found at the proposed expansion site east of the airport can be overcome with existing technologies and techniques, according to the Mexican College of Civil Engineers Transport, by Mexican firms working in consortium.
The Secretary of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza reiterated that there is no plan for a new airport for Mexico City, adding, "We are going to expand the existing airport". Mr Ruiz Esparza reiterated there is room for expansion at Juarez International Airport, though this expansion proposal recently encountered opposition as to its feasibility considering the delicate environmental situation surrounding the airport. The expansion decision "will be made in six months" once studies on the prospects are complete.
Dec-2013. The Secretariat of Communications and Transport reportedly accepted the recommendation of an unspecified "expert group" to expand Juarez Airport utilising plots of land totally 7,500ha to the east of the airport, which are already government-owned, with works possibly to begin in 2014. However, the Secretary of Communications and Transport said additional land would not be required and that "we have enough space to build there". Details on the investment required, terminal buildings and runways required were not provided as the project has yet to be finalised. Various complex issues surround the project which will require "technical analysis", such as use of air space, ground space and subsurface water, and the entire project could take 10-15 years to complete. Meanwhile, the Hidalgo State Secretary for Economic Development said Hidalgo would push forward for an airport at Texcoco, previously mentioned as a possible alternative airport rather than expansion.
Sep-2013. National Tourist Business Council (CNET) president Pablo Azcárraga said the Federal Government's plan for a new Mexico City airport envisions a facility with six runways and its most likely location will be Texcoco, a suburb to the northwest of the capital. A decision on whether or not to build the new airport to replace the saturated Juarez International Airport is still expected by the end of the year.
Jul-2013. Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto made no commitment for a new Mexico City airport in announcing the country's "Programme for Investment in Transport and Communications Infrastructure 2013-2018", as had been expected, though Mexico's Secretary of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said a determination would be made by late 2013. Mr Ruiz Esparza said, "[The Government] is studying the best decision, and a disappointment would be something that is announced before it is ready, it is not a simple plan." Mr Ruiz Esparza added, "The first thing we are doing is how to solve the flight problem without slowing the country's tourism demand, without slowing new business and investment in the country, and we are doing this together with the airlines." The Juarez International Airport recently announced new slot restrictions effective Oct-2013, capping operations during peak times at 58 per hour and prioritising commercial aviation, while announcing that operations "exceeded the maximum number that can be served per hour" on "more than" 52 occasions in 2012.
The initial phase will be complete by late 2018 or early 2019 with three 4000-5000m runways and the capability to handle A380 operations, The project will not require additional land acquisition as it will be built on federal land adjacent to Juarez. The project will place special emphasis on environmental sustainability as the airport will be built on a portion of the drained Lake Texcoco. A previous plan for a new airport in the same region was scrapped in the early 2000s after heavy protests.
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