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Projects to Continue Through Phase 3

By Pedro Alcalá | Thu, 04/23/2020 - 16:25

During Wednesday’s daily morning press conference, according to a report from Milenio, President López Obrador listed the government programs and projects expected to continue in the face of Monday’s announcement of Phase 3 of the COVID-19 contingency and its sanitary measures. This was followed by the announcement of a public hiring freeze, salary cuts, suspended bonuses and the end of 10 under subsecretariats. 

The list of ongoing projects included flagship initiatives for this administration, such as the Mayan Train, the Dos Bocas Refinery, the Transisthmic Corridor and the Santa Lucia Airport, but also included some less well-known or frequently mentioned infrastructure initiatives, such as the construction of 100 public universities, the Mexico-Toluca train and the Guadalajara Train.   

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Mayan Train: Government in favor, Petitions Against

News regarding the Mayan Train have been reported all week. On the one hand, there have been a number of initiatives recently announced in support of the project, such as an agreement signed between FONATUR and SEP to promote it.

On the other hand, Tuesday saw the release of an open letter signed by over 200 NGOs and 30 academics calling for the suspension of the project throughout COVID-19 shutdowns to prevent endangering affected communities. 

Santa Lucia Airport Progress Report: Finished by March 2022

A video progress report shown on Monday’s daily morning press conference detailed the status of construction activities taking place at the site of what will be the future Felipe Ángeles International Airport, now currently known as the Santa Lucia Airport. The video also showed the current state of construction for the neighboring military base. The video featured preliminary, but steady construction, including the main runway going through its upper coatings of hydraulic materials. Meanwhile, the military runway, which is being built  from the ground up, is currently being excavated.  

Communities Protest Against Transisthmic Corridor

A number of communities from the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca have sent a formal request to SEMARNAT calling for all construction and works for the Transisthmic Corridor to be suspended.  The communities involved in this request argue that the project is currently operating in a state of illegality because its environmental impact has not been assessed according to legal standards. 

CAPA Questions Relevance of Santa Lucia

According to a report from A21, a global firm specialized in the aviation industry called Center for Aviation (CAPA) declared that the continued construction of the Santa Lucia Airport could not be justified under current circumstances. The report adds that Mexico will probably come out of the COVID-19 crisis with a significantly reduced number of competitors in its aviation sector, which would make AICM suitable to serve the city with its current capacity.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Milenio, MBN, A21
Photo by:   Milenio, Omar Franco
Pedro Alcalá Pedro Alcalá Senior Journalist & Industry Analyst