WORLD Mexico suspends construction of new airport in Texcoco

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Mexico suspends construction of new airport in Texcoco

Xinhua

16:25, January 04, 2019

MEXICO CITY, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) - The Mexican government officially suspended the construction work of capital Mexico City's new airport in Texcoco, said Transport Minister Javier Jimenez Espriu on Thursday.

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This file photo taken on July 21, 2018 shows an aerial view of the construction works of Mexico City's new airport, in Texcoco, Mexico State. (File Photo: VCG)

The project of 13.3 billion U.S. dollars was 30 percent complete and was the main infrastructure project under the government of former President Enrique Pena Nieto.

"Construction work is officially suspended on that airport (in Texcoco), and negotiations on the early termination of the contracts has begun," Jimenez Espriu told a Thursday morning press briefing.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has announced the revised plan of the project, saying the international airport project was costly and plagued with corruption.

Under his plan, the existing Mexico City International Airport (AICM) will continue to operate, but handling domestic flights only, and its international part will be moved to an airport at Santa Lucia in conjunction with Toluca International Airport, some 60 km southeast of Mexico City.

The Mexican president has said two additional runways will be built at the Santa Lucia military airport to expand it into a commercial airport, with funds planned in the 2019 federal budget.

In addition, there are plans for modernizing AICM and the Toluca airport.

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