Mexico City’s new international airport launches two new tenders
Building of Mexico City’s new US$13 billion new airport is officially underway with the announcement of two tenders, for the construction of access roads and platforms and for building temporary drainage systems. This stage will move quickly, as proposals are due by April 15-16, tenders will be awarded the next week and construction will begin 15 days after that.
This initial construction sets the stage for the larger construction, for which tenders will be announced in September and October of this year. Those tenders will be for the meat of the project including the building of the terminal, electrical work, radar and others.
The current airport can accommodate up to 32 million passengers per year. In 2014 that number was surpassed, as 34,255,739 passengers used the airport that year. That number is expected to be further exceeded in 2015, putting a huge strain on resources.
The new airport was announced in September 2014, and will be built about 16 km north-northeast of the current airport. This airport will replace the current one, and will service up to 50 million passengers per year. It has been referred to as the most advanced in the world, one of the first to allow simultaneous traffic flow to and from more than one runway.
Some operations are expected to begin in 2018, and the airport is expected to be fully operational by 2020.