TULUM, Mexico – The eagerly anticipated Tulum Airport is on the verge of becoming a reality, with a scheduled inauguration in December. This exciting development was announced by Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. While progress on the project has been commendable, with over 60% completion, there are still areas lagging behind, hovering at less than 40% completion.
According to information obtained from Latinus through a transparency request in July of this year, one of the most advanced sections has already surpassed the 68% milestone. However, there remain numerous essential components that must be ready by December.
The project comprises a total of 10 sectors, all under the purview of the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena). In the passenger terminal area, for instance, the steel framework supporting the building is still in the process of being erected, reaching a 48% completion rate in July. Meanwhile, Sector 1, which includes the runway, platform, taxiways, and access roads, has achieved a 57% completion rate.
Sector 5 boasts the highest level of progress, clocking in at an impressive 68.02%. Here, auxiliary facilities and private aircraft hangars will be located. On the other hand, Sector 9 has made significant headway, with a 60.5% completion rate for the electrical substation and power lines.
One notable aspect of this project is the substantial deforestation effort, involving the felling of one million trees. The airport aims to provide a viable alternative to Cancún International Airport, boasting 13 commercial aircraft positions, 28 private jet positions, and the capacity to accommodate 5.5 million passengers annually during its initial phase.
Sectors 3, 7, and 8 face challenges, each having achieved less than 40% completion. These sectors encompass the fuel plant, general networks, water treatment facilities, and the perimeter wall. A budget of 16 billion pesos has been allocated for the entire project.