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Work to begin on Mexico City airport in Oct

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Works at the new 169bn-peso (US$12.9bn) Mexico City international airport are scheduled to begin next month, said Gerardo Ruiz, head of Mexico's transport and communications ministry SCT.

Initial works include involve soil improvement, road connectivity and water infrastructure works, Ruiz said in a SCT release.

Water-related issues on the site could present the greatest challenge to the airport project, as the area is presently used as a buffer zone where excess rainwater from storms is diverted to the land to ease the capital's drainage capacity.

Former water commission Conagua director José Luis Luege expressed concerns that the site is unsuitable for construction, while the commission's current director David Korenfeld has said that "there is not a single impediment to building on that land."

Water infrastructure works to reduce the risk of flooding will require 16.4bn pesos, according to SCT airport financing plan.

Construction of the airport is expected to take between four and six years.

The new terminal will have six runways. Three runways will be built in the first phase to handle 50mn passengers annually, with the passenger count rising to 120mn passengers annually at the end of the second phase, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said in a statement.

The airport's economic and social benefits will include providing 160,000 jobs during its construction and 400,000 direct jobs once it opens, Ruiz added.

Architectural design of the airport was awarded to world-renowned architect Norman Foster and Fernando Romero, a son-in-law of Carlos Slim.

Article Credit: Bnamericas

Updated 4 Years ago

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