The construction of a new airport for Mexico City is underway. This new airport will replace the existing which began operations formally in 1951. Fifty years later, the increasing air traffic became obvious and expansion works were carried out, resulting in a new terminal building (Terminal 2) but not a runway for simultaneous landing and take-off operations given the two strips are built too close to each other.
Currently, the Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México handles more than 38.4 million passengers per year, making it the second busiest airport in Latin America, only behind São Paulo-Guarhulos International Airport.
The project for the Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México (NAICM) is being developed by the renowned firm Foster + Partners and architect Fernando Romero (closely linked to Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim). It is expected to open for commercial use on late 2020.
According to official information, when completed, the NAICM will handle 125 million passengers per year – that’s way more than the 74 million passengers who used Heathrow Airport in 2015 and considerably more than the 101.5 million passengers catered by the busiest airport in the world last year (Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta).
NAICM in numbers*:
- 6 runways for simultaneous operations
- 2 terminals
- 1 million operations per year
- 24,000 parking spaces
*If completed as planned.
Developers and government alike claim the NAICM will be sustainable and will operate with green technologies, promoting efficient use of water and natural sunlight.
A remarkable project indeed, but given the background of most public works in the country (constructions and renovations) it yet remains to be seen if the NAICM will be delivered on time and if it will actually serve the needs of passengers and workers as announced by its creators.
April 13th, 2016.
Official information here.