Concerns about air traffic saturation at Mexico City’s international airport have led to calls for a new airport going back at least 15 years. Disputes over the appropriate location for a new airport held up the project, and a 2012 expansion of the existing facility helped further delay the inevitable. In late 2014, however, the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto announced a vast public works project to construct a massive, completely new airport that is driving much interest on the part of service contractors and suppliers of specialized equipment and materials.
Design and construction of the airport will be headed by UK-based Foster and Partners architects and the Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) engineering firm. According to government officials, environmental and urban impact studies are underway, with construction scheduled to begin this year and conclude in 2019. Because the airport is planned to be built on a former lake bed, substantial water and soil management work will need to be done prior to construction. Approximately US$1 billion in drainage and water management projects are reportedly planned, including the expansion of nine bodies of water, construction of 90 miles of drainage canals and installation of 24 water treatment plants. Continue reading New capital airport creating construction opportunities