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Terminal 2 Expansion to Be Completed Soon

By Pedro Alcalá | Thu, 07/16/2020 - 17:35

In an official announcement made at the end of last week, SCT Minister Javier Jiménez Espriú made it clear that the expansion of AICM’s terminal 2 will be finished and open to the public at some point in the coming days, although a precise date was not given. Espriú said that the project presented a 98.2 percent completion and would end up representing a total investment of over US$22 million. This expansion is expected to reduce the use of so-called “aerocars” – buses used to transport passengers to planes parked on the tarmac due to a lack of available gates – by up to 65 percent.  

This announcement coincided with declarations made today by President López Obrador in Jalisco saying the Santa Lucía airport remained on schedule to open on March 22, 2022, according to a report from Quadratín. There is still no official word from SCT as to the fate of the AICM terminal 3 project beyond statements reported on back in June that suggested its probable cancellation. 

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AICM Implements Social Distancing Program

As more and more airlines enter the new normality, a group of 70 volunteers were recruited from student groups and civil organizations to help passengers maintain social distancing guidelines all throughout the different boarding phases. These collaborators will also be in charge of manning temperature checking stations along different checkpoints and distributing hand sanitizer, among other duties. It is initially contemplated that this program will go on for three months, although an extension remains probable. The SCT statement detailing this implementation informs readers that this team will be identifiable by their green vests.

 Xcaret Gets Mayan Train Station

Sipse reports that Quintana Roo’s amusement park and tourism complex Xcaret will be getting its own Mayan Train stop as part of the project’s fifth segment. Xcaret will be the only private facility that will get this concession, although other popular touristic spots such as Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras and Akumal will also get their own stop. The highway exit that leads to the Xcaret complex will also be refurbished as part of this investment. This decision was taken after mobility studies revealed that the very high influx of visitors to these locations could be better distributed into various mediums through the use of the Mayan Train. 

Rental Reform Raises Eyebrows

The project to reform renters’ rights proposed and submitted for consideration by MORENA’s legislative block last week has been causing a number of reactions. Juan Miguel Martínez Mendieta from law firm Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego argued that these changes could mean that the number and magnitude of legal battles between landlords and tenants would increase to unsustainable and greatly debilitating levels.

Altamira Opens Mineral Storage Tender

Altamira port authorities announced this week an open tender for the use of 20km2 for the construction and operation of a mineral storage terminal. This terminal will be used for materials that include, but are not limited to, non-ferrous metals, ferrous alloys and raw materials.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, Sipse, SCT, Quadratín
Photo by:   SCT
Pedro Alcalá Pedro Alcalá Journalist and Industry Analyst