ESTE ESPACIO BUSCA ANALIZAR Y PROPONER SOLUCIONES VIABLES PARA UN SECTOR SUSTENTABLE QUE INCIDE EN LA VIDA PRODUCTIVA DEL PAÍS: LOS AEROPUERTOS SON MOTORES DE DESARROLLO REGIONAL Y DETERMINANTES PARA EL TURISMO, LA ECONOMÍA Y LOS NEGOCIOS. FERNANDO GÓMEZ SUÁREZ HA PARTICIPADO CON SUS PROPUESTAS EN EL PLAN NACIONAL DE DESARROLLO 2000-2006 Y COLABORA CON DIVERSOS MEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN.
lunes, 17 de julio de 2023
BNAMericas 14 jul 2023 Mexico's new Tulum airport seen as stiff competition for Cancún operator
Mexico's new Tulum airport seen as stiff competition for Cancún operator
The 3.2bn-peso (US$182mn) international airport that Mexican defense
ministry Sedena is building in Tulum, Quintana Roo state, could pose a
threat to the business of Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (Asur), which
operates the busy Cancún international airport in the same state.
Cancún airport “is run under concession by the private sector and [Tulum
airport] could take part of the market in the area depending on capacity,”
Fernando Gómez Suárez, an aviation analyst and adviser for private
sector co-investments in five major airports, told BNamericas.
“It is known that Cancún is not the final destination for at least half of the passengers arriving in Cancún,
but rather the Riviera Maya, where Tulum airport is located,” he said. The two airports are approximately
Asur controls nine airports in Mexico and another two in Colombia and Puerto Rico, but Cancún
generates the most revenues. It handled 8.4mn passengers in the first three months of this year, up
20.5% year-on-year, according to the operator’s 1Q23 earnings report.
Also known as the Felipe Carrillo Puerto international airport, the Tulum project was unveiled by
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador as a solution to decongest the oversaturated Cancún terminal
and to complement the 1,500km Maya train. Both the train and airport are scheduled to be ready by
On Monday, the government published a decree to expropriate 1,521ha of land to continue construction
of the airport, which reported 44% progress in May. Meanwhile, testing began on the Maya train line at
Gómez recalled that, much like the Felipe Ángeles international airport (AIFA) that Sedena built at the
Santa Lucía military airbase in Mexico state, Tulum airport is being constructed by the armed forces.
“There is no participation of private sector parties in the Tulum project,” he said.
This airport will be one of those that will be controlled by the armed forces, comprising Sedena and
navy ministry Semar, by year end.
On June 28, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated that Semar would take control of Benito
Juárez international airport (AICM) serving Mexico City, the country’s most important and busiest
terminal. The ministry had already been commissioned to handle airport security amidst reports of
increasing trafficking of illegal goods, but his new plan is to allow the navy to take over the full
Although a decree is yet to be published, this would increase the number of airports controlled by the
armed forces to over 10. However, no formal transfer of the terminals from state-owned operator ASA
has been signed as yet.
According to López Obrador, the plan is to have Sedena control the Tulum and AIFA airports, in addition
to Campeche airport in Campeche state, Puebla in Puebla state, Chetumal in Quintana Roo and Nuevo
Laredo in Tamaulipas state.
Meanwhile, Semar will control AICM, Ciudad del Carmen in Chetumal and Obregón and Guaymas in
Daily Milenio also reports that ASA is looking to transfer another three air terminals to the armed forces