MEXICO CITY (APR) .- For the business leadership of the country there is no other viable option than the construction of the New Mexico International Airport (NAIM) in Texcoco, while suspending it would have an impact of 120 billion pesos.
After presenting a technical study on the new airport to the future secretary for communication and transport, Javier Jiménez Espriú, the Business Coordinating Council (CCE) assured that the infrastructure project, initiated in the current six-year period, would be the most bankable and profitable. is in the shortest time. and in the long run.
From the beginning, the leader of the CCE, Juan Pablo Castañón, said the NAIM is a project that could generate more than a billion dollars a year for the benefit of the Mexicans.
"The total cost is 13 thousand 300 million dollars and it is estimated that private investments contribute 70% or more to the financing itself, creating a thousand direct jobs for every million passengers using the airport, which would translate into 70 thousand direct jobs. , in the first phase of the project, and 135 thousand direct jobs in the last phase.Already in its maximum operation can create up to 450 thousand direct and indirect jobs, "said the businessman.
He also made it clear that the Texcoco project in the area of passenger transport capacity could amount to 135 million per year; in contrast to the maximum potential of 65 million presented by the Santa Lucia option. Currently around 40 million passengers are transported at the current international airport of Mexico City.
For Castañón the NAIM has a durability of 40 years, while the option of Santa Lucia, in combination with the current airport, is a maximum of 10 years.
"The impact of Santa Lucia, which suspended the construction of the Texcoco airport, has two dimensions: it means an impact of 120 billion pesos, of which 40 thousand fines and surcharges on contracts that have already been established and would have a reputation-impact for the planning of new infrastructure projects in Mexico, whether it is rail, port or road connections that require international financing, "warned the businessman.
The Santa Lucia project would face greater challenges for its equity market financing due to ignorance and limited infrastructure for passenger transport.
The NAIM funding is insured, says the CEC
As far as costs are concerned, the NAIM has secured its financing by 150 billion pesos to airport equivalents in connection with the securitization of the TUA and Fiber E, which are based on the growing capacity of passenger mobilization.
In contrast, the CCE noted, the Santa Lucia project limits the possibility of obtaining funds in this way, given the limited expansion of Santa Lucia's transport capacity and the design constraints of the AICM to expand non-airport revenues. . "The operating costs of the new airport would also be considerably lower than the current one," stressed the president of the business entity.
On the other hand, the CCE study ensured that the Texcoco option in the environmental field already had nine favorable environmental impact events and progress was made with the required mitigation measures. The Santa Lucia option does not yet have environmental impact studies and the costs and risk mitigation measures are unknown.
Juan Pablo Castañón proposed the following six important measures.
Firstly: maintain the work in Texcoco to guarantee the capacity to absorb the current and future demand of freight passengers. Two: continue with the construction of the airport and check the material costs. Three: review of the financing arrangement. Fourth: Increase the social scope of the project through a special economic zone with major consequences for nearby municipalities. Five: do not suspend the work and six: take into account the legal and financial consequences of the cancellation of the work.
The analysis conducted by the private sector considers 13 variables that imply security as the main priority; the ability to transport passengers with a long-term vision; the importance of a hub for Mexico; the impact on regional development; the costs of equipment, operation and economies of scale for airlines and passengers; income from immovable property; financing and sources of income.
It also considers the fact that airports are very profitable companies; the relocation of operations of the air force and of three thousand families; the consolidation of the terrestrial infrastructure; the costs of foundations and soil subsidence; the environmental effects and mitigation measures; and the hydraulic works, surrounding lakes and bird conflicts.