Mexico’s Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA) has announced the progress of the construction of a brand-new airport in Tulum. The airport will be under the supervision of the state conglomerate Grupo Aeroportuario, Ferroviario y de Servicios Auxiliares Olmeca-Maya-Mexica, S.A. de C.V., and will serve as an alternative to depressurize the international airport of Cancun.
According to the Mexican federal government, the runway will begin operations in 2024, before the end of the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and will have the capacity to serve around 5.5 million passengers annually.
The airport will also host a platform that, in its first phase, will accommodate up to 32,000 annual air operations. This platform will have 13 positions for commercial aircraft, both domestic and international flights, and an additional platform for general aviation and executive aviation that will have 28 positions. It will also have a backup hangar with another 12 positions or spaces for executive aircraft.
The new airport will be classified as a category 4 ECO airport, meaning that all the aircraft that arrive and leave Mexico can operate at this airport. The infrastructure and operational potential of the airport will satisfy the growing demand of passengers who visit this tourist destination in the south of the Riviera Maya.
The Tulum International Airport Felipe Carrillo Puerto complex is built on an area of 1,500 hectares, with a runway 3,700 meters long, with a category one landing system instrument and high-tech navigation aids.
In addition to the air traffic control tower, the fuel terminal, and the airport services area, a multi-purpose military air base will be built to strengthen the security and surveillance of the national airspace, assist the population in cases of disasters and attend to forest fires.
The new airport will also have a road interconnection with federal highway 307 that will promote the creation of an airport city and the urban reorganization of Tulum, as well as the creation of a commercial and service corridor with a length of 10.5 kilometers. It will also directly connect with the Mayan Train through a passenger station.
The Tulum airport will be a significant addition to Mexico’s aviation infrastructure, and it will play a crucial role in promoting the country’s tourism industry. It is expected to attract a significant number of foreign visitors, which will further boost the economy of the Riviera Maya region. The Tulum International Airport is a significant investment that will significantly contribute to Mexico’s future growth and development.
Renderings courtesy SEDENA
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