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Tulum Airport Budget Confirmed

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 18:22

President Lopez Obrador announced that the budget for the Tulum airport has been authorized. The airport will be built by SEDENA’s military engineers expected to be available once the Santa Lucia airport officially initiates operations this March. This budget will be close to US$48.5 million, although this sum is expected to increase over time.

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Mayan Train Rerouted in Quintana Roo

The Mayan Train’s fifth section in Quintana Roo is expected to be rerouted, said President López Obrador. This section plans to connect the main tourist destinations in the region, nevertheless, it has received criticism and concerns from hotel owners and the business community in the region. The original route for Quintana Roo was announced in March 2021 consisting in a 49.8 km elevated viaduct that would travel parallel to Federal Highway 307. Now, the fifth segment will travel behind the hotels instead of parallel to Federal Highway 307, and the elevated section will only be 10 km long starting in Playa del Carmen. After the announcement, the Mayan Riviera Hotels’ Association (AHRM) communicated its support and its willingness to collaborate with the government in this infrastructure project.

Manzanillo Port Now A Pacific Coast Infrastructure Leader

A new report shows that the Manzanillo port became the busiest port in Mexico’s pacific coast and one of the busiest port infrastructures in Mexico transporting 4.52 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU) during 2021 due to an increase in mining bulk handling, allowing the port to lead logistics activities in the Pacific Ocean and hold the highest record in standard container movement. Between Jan. and Oct. 2021, the Manzanillo port led the Lázaro Cárdenas and the Veracruz ports, which reported 1.32 million TEU and 978,071 TEU, respectively. 

Baja California Faces Industrial Real Estate Infrastructure Shortage

Baja California has reported less than 1 percent available industrial plants amid a global container crisis and nearshoring trends, leading experts to fear a decrease in foreign investment. The situation could also bring opportunities for construction companies. The coastal state has between 20 to 30 available industrial plants but the Manufacturing and Export Industry Association (Index Coastal Zone) claims that these do not fulfill the necessities of the companies that seek to invest in the region. A new industrial plant could take up to two years to be built, unless its developer owns the necessary infrastructure to fasten the process, said the president of the Industrial Association Otay Mesa (AIMO).

More Transport Infrastructure To Be Built At Border

The Rio Grande Valley will be home to a second cargo international bridge connecting the US and Mexico. This occurred after border officials determined that the expansion of the Anzalduas International Bridge aims to boost the local economy through bridge revenue and regional jobs. McAllen, Mission and Granjeno authorities have been wanting to expand the existing international bridge that connects four southern Texan cities to Reynosa, Mexico, with the objective of handling fully loaded trucks in both countries. This initiative is set to encourage economic growth at the Rio Grande Valley, while generating revenue and attracting local talent by 2023, according to the agreement signed on December 1.

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