On Oct. 16, President López Obrador and Hidalgo’s Governor Omar Fayad visited and supervised the Felipe Ángeles International Airport located in Santa Lucia in the State of Mexico. Minister of National Defense Luis Cresencio Sandoval reported the airport’s construction has now made 40 percent progress and costs are 27 percent below the estimated figure.
Construction began in October 2019 and the airport is expected to be inaugurated in March 2022. Besides the construction of the airport, the government has evaluated different infrastructure projects that will facilitate the arrival of passengers. The estimated cost for these projects is approximately MX$26 million (US$1.2 million) which will come from private and public investment.
The most important transportation project is the Suburban Train, which will receive an approximate investment of MX$12.6 billion (US$597 million). The train aims to connect the Buenavista metro station with the Santa Lucia airport in 35 minutes, which will be achieved by expanding the Lecheria station, currently managed by Spanish company CAF.
The investment for this project corresponds to 4.2 percent of the MX$297.3 billion (US$14 billion) budget that federal government has allocated to 39 infrastructure projects. Arturo Herrera, Minister of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), said this is expected to promote the private sector and reactivate the Mexican economy that has been affected by a decrease in private investment during the pandemic.
The cost benefit analysis of the Suburban Train expansion reported that the project will cross the Tutitlan, Tultepec, Nextlalpan, Zumpango and Tecamac municipalities. The Department of National Defense (SEDENA) reported in September that construction had a 10 percent progress.
SHCP published in its Investment Project Portafolio that the project is environmentally friendly, as well as financially and economically profitable. The project’s expected useful time before renovations are needed is approximately 30 years. In addition, it has been estimated that 80 percent of the investment will be public, 12 percent private and 8 percent will come from the state and municipalities.
According to the Department of Communications and Transportation (SCT) and the Mexican Institute of Transportation (IMT), it is estimated that 70 percent of passengers will arrive in Santa Lucia in vehicles and 29 percent in public transportation.
The airport includes other transportation projects that are constantly promoted by the State of Mexico’s government, Banobras and Fonadin. Together they add up to more than US$ 664 thousand and include further development of two transportation systems: Metrobús and Mexibús.
Infrastructure plans also include the construction of eight vehicle overpasses, two railways, a new four-way railway bridge, the rehabilitation of a passenger railway bridge and 16 pedestrian bridges. SEDENA has projected a MX$3.9 billion (US$183 million) specific budget for the implementation and administration of these connection routes.