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In order to reduce the cost of moving people and goods, and increase capacity, Mexico’s National Infrastructure Plan outlines significant investments in the modernization, expansion, and rehabilitation of the country’s airports and ports.

In the airport sub-sector, the government’s strategic development objectives include expanding capacity for airport service in the Mexico City greater metropolitan area, specifically through the construction of a new international airport in Mexico City, reducing the cost of air logistics, improving safety, and supporting regional development via the creation of a regional airport network. The Government of Mexico has included 20 significant aviation projects in the National Infrastructure Plan with an estimated total investment of US $276 million. This amount does not include investments associated with capacity increases in the Mexico City greater metropolitan area.

In the port sub-sector, the Government of Mexico has identified 23 projects in its National Infrastructure Plan to receive an estimated US $5.46 billion in total investment. These projects include improvements to existing freight and passenger facilities and basic infrastructure improvements such as fills, breakwaters, and dredging, along with development of completely new terminals. Many include improved multimodal connections to road and rail networks.


Mexico City’s New International Airport

Project Type

Site Preparation; Access Roads; Terminal and Runway Construction; Energy and Water Management

Location:

State of Mexico

Projected Cost:

US $12 billion

Timeline:

2014-2020

Project Sponsor(s):

Grupo Aeroportuario de la Cd. de Mexico (GACM)

Observations

Currently more tan 100 tenders have been awarded on related services and construction works.

Before 2016, the Project was focused on design and planning; since 2016 it has been going through tenders contracting and building stage.

GACM has published the pre-tenders information for several public works and has announced tender final specifications on CompraNet web page. Different business consortium have submitted proposals (runway construcction, Control Tower and Terminal Building foundations, and, Terminal Building’s technical and management supervision services, and other more).

Construction of the new Mexico City International Airport (NAICM in spanish) was officially announced by the Government of Mexico in September 2014. The project is broken into two planned phases. Phase 1 will see the construction of a new terminal building and three parallel runways capable of simultaneous operation. Two of the runways will be for commercial traffic and the third for non-commercial. The service apron will have 95 gates and 42 remote parking and servicing positions. Covering 10,947 acres (~17 square miles), Phase 1 will have the capacity to support 550,000 flight operations per year and a throughput of 50 million passengers. The new terminal will be a unique design covering 5.9 million square feet. Construction of this phase is projected to be completed by 2020/22 and to meet traffic demand through the year 2028. Phase 2 plans the addition of three runways for a total of six runways capable of simultaneous operations. This full expansion would support an additional 450,000 flights per year and 70 million additional passengers per year.

For more information about the Mexico City New International Airport, please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Runway Extension at Lazaro Cardenas/New Airport

Project Type

New Airport Construction

Location:

Michoacán

Projected Cost:

US $4.5 million

Timeline:

The approval of this project is pending, as it is part of the Lazaro Cardenas port expansion. In 2017, proper studies planned to be initiated.

Project Sponsor(s):

Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA)

The present airport site itself is constrained from growth because it is surrounded by the urban area and the decision was made to abandon the expansion concept and focus on planning for a relocation of the airport that will allow construction of a completely new facility to modern standards and with room for future expansion. ASA is evaluating the best location for a new airport project, though detailed plans will require additional time to be defined.

For more information about the Runway Extension at Lazaro Cardenas/New Airport please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Modernization of the Chetumal Airport

Project Type

Runway and Terminal Expansion

Location:

Quintana Roo

Projected Cost:

US $1 million

Timeline:

Bids started since 2015, the project continues in progress, and new investments are planned in 2017

Project Sponsor(s):

Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA)

The runway and terminal building at the Chetumal Airport has serious limitations. ASA is considering the expansion and modernization of these facilities and conducted a feasibility study in 2014. Construction may start in mid-2016, but is dependent upon the approval of federal funds at the end of 2016. The project is advancing and was approved.

For more information about the Modernization of the Chetumal Airport please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Expansion of the Monterrey Airport

Project Type

Airport Modernization

Location:

Nuevo León

Projected Cost:

US $25 million in this year, but whole project represents an investment of US$230 during a five-year period

Timeline:

2016-2020

Project Sponsor(s):

North-Central Airport Group (OMA)

This is a medium- to long-term project, the scope of which has yet to be defined. In 2017, Terminal Building expansion it is planned to start.

For more information about the Expansion of the Monterrey Airport please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Construction of a New Airport in the Isthmus Region: Ixtepec

Project Type

Terminal and Support Infrastructure Construction

Location:

Oaxaca

Projected Cost:

US $14 million

Timeline:

2015-2017

Project Sponsor(s):

Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA)

In mid-May 2015, ASA announced that this military airport would be opened for use by private and commercial aviation service providers. The construction of a new civil aviation terminal building, parking lots, and access roads is expected to be done in 2016. Its completion will be ready in the first semester of 2017.

For more information about the Construction of a New Airport in the Isthmus Region: Ixtepec please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Completion of the Nuevo Laredo Cargo Airport

Project Type

Cargo Terminal Construction

Location:

Tamaulipas

Projected Cost:

US $14 million

Timeline:

2014-2017

Project Sponsor(s):

Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA)

This project includes the modernization of current airport infrastructure and the building of a new cargo terminal with multi-modal services to link air and ground transportation. Pre-investment studies were completed in 2014, though the project remains on hold until resources are made available. At the end of 2016 its specifications were reviewed due to new market conditions.

For more information about the Completion of the Nuevo Laredo Cargo Airport please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Rehabilitation and Modernization of the Atlangatepec Airport

Project Type

Terminal, Parking Lot, and Access Road Construction

Location:

Tlaxcala

Projected Cost:

US $8 million

Timeline:

2015-2016

Project Sponsor(s):

Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA)

This project, which will add civil aviation operations to the existing military airport, was announced by ASA in May 2015. Investment studies are expected to be complete by the end of 2015, with the construction of a new terminal building, parking lots, and access road taking place in 2016. 90% of the total project investment has been done.

For more information about the Rehabilitation and Modernization of the Atlangatepec Airport please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Modernization of the El Lencero Airport in Jalapa

Project Type

Runway Construction and Terminal Modernization

Location:

Veracruz

Projected Cost:

US $7.6 million

Timeline:

2015-2016

Project Sponsor(s):

Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA)

All technical and feasibility studies on this project were completed four years ago. It includes a new parallel runway and other infrastructure improvements. This medium-term project is still awaiting approvals by the appropriate authorities to move forward. The project is under review (2017).

For more information about the Modernization of the El Lencero Airport in Jalapa please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Expansion of the Tijuana Airport

Project Type

Terminal Expansion and Road Construction Renovation

Location:

Baja California

Projected Cost:

US $75 million (total value in five years)

Timeline:

2010-2017

Project Sponsor(s):

Pacific Airport Group (GAP)

The terminal and perimeter road expansion have been ongoing since 2010, and construction is expected be completed on both by the end of 2016. GAP is considering another phase of modernization, which is currently being discussed and could lead to additional investments totaling US $26 million. In 2017, works continue in progress.

For more information about the Expansion of the Tijuana Airport please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Expansion of the Puerto Vallarta Airport

Project Type

Road Construction; Terminal Modernization; Water Management

Location:

Jalisco

Projected Cost:

US $8 million

Timeline:

2015-2016/17

Project Sponsor(s):

Pacific Airport Group (GAP)

The first phase of construction, which included the installation of new equipment and road paving, began in 2015 and was completed in 2016. Expansion of the customs pavilion, kiosks, platforms and the modernization of existing water treatment plants are planned to begin in 2015-16. Remodeling works continues in 2017.

For more information about the Expansion of the Puerto Vallarta Airport please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Modernization of the Bajio-Guanajuato Airport

Project Type

Road and Runway Construction; Terminal Modernization

Location:

Guanajuato

Projected Cost:

US $5.6 million

Timeline:

2015-2017

Project Sponsor(s):

Pacific Airport Group (GAP)

This project is split into two phases. Improvement of the taxi apron and parallel roads is on-going and expected to be completed in 2015-16, GAP determined to invest additional resources in modernization of the terminal building and boarding gates, which are under construction (2017).

For more information about the Modernization of the Bajio-Guanajuato Airport please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Expansion of the Chihuahua Airport

Project Type

Road Construction; Terminal Modernization

Location:

Chihuahua

Projected Cost:

US $15.4 million

Timeline:

2016-2020

Project Sponsor(s):

North-Central Airport Group (OMA)

Terminal Building expansion represented an investment of US $5.5 million and initiated in 2016. In 2017, security areas modernization continues , as well as perimeter road constructions.

For more information about the Expansion of the Chihuahua Airport please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.


Expansion of the Hermosillo Airport

Project Type

Terminal building expansion and two new contact gates

Location:

Sonora

Projected Cost:

US $21 million

Timeline:

2015-2017

Project Sponsor(s):

Pacific Airport Group (GAP)

The project includes the expansion of the existing terminal building, adding two contact gates (getways), and baggage and waiting areas expansion: this project began in 2016 and it is planned to be completed and in full operation in 1Q 2017.

For more information about the Expansion of the Hermosillo Airport please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Small Airport Projects: Mazatlan, Toluca, San Jose del Cabo, San Luis Potosi, and Merida

Project Type

Various

Location:

Various

Projected Cost:

US $1 million

Timeline:

2015-2018

Project Sponsor(s):

Various

Various efforts are being considered to expand and modernize a number of regional airports throughout the country. The scope and pace of these projects depends on the planning cycle of the various operators and the availability of funds.

For more information about these Small Airport Projects please submit a request using our and Silvia Cardenas, Commercial Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service, will contact you shortly to follow up.

Expansion of the Port of Veracruz

Project Type

Port Expansion

Location:

Veracruz

Projected Cost:

US $5 billion

Timeline:

2013-2025

Project Sponsor(s):

Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), General Coordination of Ports/ Veracruz Port Integral Administration

This megaproject began in 2013 and will not be completed until 2025. Through 2018 alone, investments are estimated at US $1.8 billion. This involves the building of an additional, completely new, port facility with multiple terminals. The capacity of the entire port will be tripled, and portions of the legacy area of the port will be repurposed for integration back into the city’s historic zone

In December 2016, the Veracruz Port Administration (APIVER) issued bids to grant concessions to build and operate four new terminals, one for fluids, one for multiple purposes, one for mineral grains and one for agricultural grains. The companies that get the concessions for the new cargo terminals will be the ones that will build and purchase all the equipment and products necessary to operate the terminals. USCS Mexico is organizing different activities to help interested companies to get more details on these projects. Contact Alicia Herrera alicia.herrera@trade.gov to learn more.

Additional Resources

Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) http://www.sct.gob.mx

Secretariat of Economy (SE) http://www.economia.gob.mx

Secretariat of Economy (SE) english http://www.economia.gob.mx/en

National Association of Private Transportation http://www.antp.org.mx

National Cargo Transportation Chamber of Commerce http://www.canacar.com.mx


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