new mexico city airport Artist's rendition of Mexico City's new airport.

First airport contract awarded to ICA

Ground will be broken soon as massive project gets under way

Work on Mexico City’s new airport — one of the most complex projects in the world — ought to begin within weeks, following the awarding today of the first construction contract.

The Mexican firm ICA, or Ingenieros Civiles y Asociados, was awarded the contract to build the access roads in the terminal building area.

It was among three bidders who were invited to participate in the process, winning the contest with a price of 8.13 million pesos, or US $535,000. Bids were also received from Global Construcciones and Ingeniería y Construcciones Gabe.

The contract with ICA is to be signed within the next 15 days, and the work to be undertaken within 60 days after.

The international director of the research organization Mitre, which did some studies for the new airport, says it’s a complex project due to its altitude. Bernard Lisker said aircraft have to land at higher speeds as a result.

Another unique feature is that it will operate with three runways in simultaneous use, one of the first airports outside the United States to do so.

Authorities anticipate spending 19 billion pesos (US $1.25 billion) this year on the huge project, whose first phase is slated for completion in 2018. Total cost has been estimated at 120 billion pesos.

The airport will have the capacity to handle 50 million passengers a year, a substantial increase over the increasing facility, which in 2013 handled 31.5 million.

British architect Norman Foster has teamed up with Mexican architect Fernando Romero to design what has been billed as the world’s most sustainable airport.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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