Mexico City’s new airport continues to move ahead, as tenders will be invited in the next few days on 10 individual construction projects.
The Mexico City Airport Group (GACM), which is building the facility and has the concession to operate it once it opens, plans work this year on the main terminal building, the fuel terminal, boarding platforms, fuel distribution lines, the navigational aid system, the central service tunnel, fire stations, support buildings and the first phase of the access road junctions.
During 2015, contracts were signed for the dredging and leveling of 1,147 hectares and the building of 48 kilometers of internal and access roads.
Among the most complex and critical works to be carried out this year is getting the ground ready for the enormous weight that the runways will have to bear. After removing the soil, a layer of geotextiles will be put in place, followed by another of tezontle.
Geotextiles are permeable fabrics which, when used in association with soil, have the ability to separate, filter, reinforce, protect or drain. Tezontle is a porous, highly oxidized, volcanic rock used extensively in construction in Mexico.
The construction budget for 2016 is 5 billion pesos (US $288 million).
The $9-billion airport is expected to begin operations in 2020 with three runways in operation and a passenger capacity of 50 million per year. When fully completed, it will have two terminals and six runways with an annual passenger capacity of 120 million.
It will also be able to handle up to three aircraft landing and taking off at the same time.
Communications and Transportation Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said in an interview last week it will be one of the three biggest airports in the world.