A complex network of public contracts and private investments orbits around the construction of the Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA). Since the start of operations of the new airport complex is scheduled for March 21, 2022, the federal government rushes road works to provide a land connection to the airport with which President Andrés Manuel López Obrador replaced the one that the previous government began to build in the Texcoco area, bordering Mexico City.

Forbes Mexico reviewed results of public tenders and tenders, as well as private investment announcements to determine the amount that to date has been allocated to complementary works of the AIFA, an airport located in the extreme north of the Valley of Mexico, in the Mexican municipality of Zumpango, which lacks an articulated public transport network. From the information that was accessed, it appears that to date, at least 18 thousand 813 million 923 thousand 538 pesos have been allocated in road works related to AIFA.

Part of the terrestrial connectivity for the AIFA. Photo: SCT

Although the AIFA connection plan contemplates the extension of the Buenavista Suburban Train (starting at Lechería station) to the new air terminal, as well as the extension of lines I and IV of the Mexibús of the State of Mexico, up to now there are no budget allocations for such projects. There is only a record of the investment of two million 156 thousand 437 pesos for the elaboration of the executive project of the expansion of Line I of Mexibús, in charge of the company Transconsult SA de CV

Said executive project must be ready no later than mid-October, so the state government would only have six months to build 1.8 kilometers of confined track for rapid transit buses, term that calls into question the inauguration of this public transport work before the start of operations. Currently, Line I of Mexibús goes from Ciudad Azteca, in Ecatepec, to Ojo de Agua, in Tecámac, and would be extended from this last point to the AIFA.

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Mobility around AIFA is a concern recognized both by the airlines that are analyzing operating in the new complex, as well as by the government itself. Up to now, immediate solutions are charged towards the construction of roads for private cars and bus lines. Forbes Mexico identified six road projects already tendered that will form the connection network to the new airport. In total, these projects add up to more than 18 billion pesos of public-private investment.

  • 74 billion pesos is estimated to cost the construction of the AIFA
  • March 21, 2022 is the scheduled date for the start of operations.
  • 73% general progress in the work.

Highways first …

The most important project is the route that will connect the Circuito Exterior Mexiquense (CEM) with the AIFA. This work has a investment of 4,524 million (including VAT) by Aleatica ─before OHL México─. For the construction of this route the government of the State of Mexico extended by 12 years plus the validity of the concession title that Aleatica hold on the CEM, and that he obtained in 2008, when Enrique Peña Nieto was governor of the entity. In exchange for this extension, the company will build the link route to the new airport with its own resources.

On December 7, 2020, the System of Airports, Related and Auxiliary Highways of the State of Mexico (SAASCAEM) declared the winner of the international public tender number SCEM-CCA-01-20 for the granting of a concession for the “design, construction, operation, maintenance, conservation and exploitation of the Tultepec-Felipe Ángeles-Pirámides International Airport ”to Mota-Engil Mexico, by José Miguel Bejos, who will invest eight thousand 225 million 560 thousand pesos (including VAT) for the construction of a toll road with 27 kilometers of extension.

This is the second highway that Mota-Engil México obtains in concession. The first was the Siervo de la Nación metropolitan axis, which, although concessioned since 2014, will also serve to provide land connectivity to AIFA. In this work the investment was eight thousand 700 million pesos. Mota-Engil México is the company that also won the competition held by the government of Mexico City for the design, construction and operation of a park that will replace La Feria de Chapultepec, in addition to being a contractor in the works of the Mayan Train .

The call Conexion Oriente is another highway, also under concession, which will interconnect the Ignacio Zaragoza road with the Peñón-Texcoco highway, in the border area between the Mexican municipality of Nezahualcóyotl and the Venustiano Carranza, Iztacalco and Iztapalapa municipalities. In this, on April 20 of this year, SAASCAEM declared the winner of the international public tender number SCEM-CCA-01-2021 for the granting of the concession to Gami Engineering and Facilitiesby Manuel Muñoz Cano, who also built Line 1 of the Mexico City Cablebus. The investment will be three thousand 828 million 29 thousand 716 pesos for this toll road too.

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With investment of public resources from the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), a Toll-free road in Tonanitla, which will be one of the main accesses to the AIFA and through which the expansion of Line IV of Mexibús will circulate. The global investment is two thousand 175 million 971 thousand 503.40 pesos, divided into three items: 780, million 165 thousand 250.38 for VISE SA de CV; 690 million 274 thousand 835.01 for ICA Constructora SA de CV. and 705 million 531 thousand 418.01 for consortium Constructora GAYPE, Grupo Concreto EURA and Arquitectonik Inmobiliaria.

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The rehabilitation of 2.65 kilometers of the road to San Jerónimo is in charge of the company Imagen Corporativa Atlanta SA de CV and has an investment of 60 million 362 thousand 318.80 pesos from the SCT. This will be a Free access road to the east of the AIFA and will connect with the Mexico-Pachuca federal highway, which will also be modernized due to the construction of the new airport, but although a global investment of 1,835 million 423 thousand 30 pesos is estimated, it does not have resources allocated in the 2022 Expenditure Budget Project that will still be discussed and approved by the Congress.

Mexiquense-AIFA Exterior Circuit Connection

  • Amount: 4,524 million pesos
  • Origin: Private (concession)
  • Company: Aleatica

Tultepec-AIFA-Pirámides Highway

  • Amount: 8,225 million 560 thousand pesos
  • Origin: Private (concession)
  • Company: Mota-Engil México
  • With toll

East connection (Zaragoza-Peñón Texcoco)

  • Amount: 3, 828 million 29 thousand 716 pesos
  • Origin: Private (concession)
  • Company: Gami Ingeniería e Instalaciones
  • With toll

Access Tonanitla

  • Amount: 2,175 million 971 thousand 503.40 pesos
  • Origin: Public
  • Companies: VISE; ICA Constructora y Consorcio Constructora GAYPE, Grupo Concreto EURA and Arquitectonik Inmobiliaria.
  • Free access

Rehabilitation on the way to San Jerónimo

  • Amount: 60 million 362 thousand 318.80 pesos
  • Origin: Public
  • Company: Imagen Corporativa Atlanta SA de CV
  • Free access

Investment sum:

  • 18 thousand 813 million 923 thousand 538.20 pesos

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Then transport public

In addition to these highway projects, there are other complementary works to AIFA such as the construction of the third stage of the Naucalpan-Ecatepec highway, which would encompass the Río de los Remedios and connect with the metropolitan axis Siervo de la Nación, the modernization of the Mexico-Pachuca highway, the Peñón Texcoco- Ecatepec highway or the La Raza-Santa Clara elevated viaduct, however so far there is no public data on the amount of investment or construction deadlines. There is also no publicly known bidding process related to these works.

Future projects for which there is information is the Expansion of the Buenavista Cuautitlán Suburban Train, starting at Lechería station and heading to AIFA. There would be six stations (four intermediate and two terminals) in a stretch of 23 kilometers. In accordance with the portfolio investment projects of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, for this work an investment of 12 thousand 907 million 832 thousand 231 pesos is contemplated, of which 1,773 million 401 thousand 653 would be run by Suburban Railways.

Road investment around AIFA is around 18 thousand million pesos ... and counting
AIFA Suburban Train Terminal. Photo: AIFA

As part of the future construction of the Suburban Train extension, the federal government authorized a 18-year extension of the concession held by Ferrocarriles Suburbanos, a company in which the Spanish CAF participates. In the Expense Budget project For next year the SCT only requested an allocation of 1,657 million 806,181 pesos for the expansion of the train to AIFA, a work that is estimated to be completed a year and a half after the new air terminal was inaugurated.

For the expansion of Lines I and IV of Mexibús, the Secretary of Mobility of the government of the State of Mexico, Luis Limón has publicly said that an estimated investment of 1.1 billion pesos would be required for civil works. So far, neither of the two projects has been awarded to construction companies. The first is in the phase of preparation of the executive project and for the second it is necessary that the construction of the Tonanitla access be completed by the SCT.

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Thus, to the five highway works described above, which add an amount of public-private investment of 18 thousand 813 million 923 thousand 538.20 pesos, 12 thousand 907 million 832 thousand 231 pesos will be added for the expansion of the Suburban Train and the thousand 100 million for the extension of two Mexibús lines, giving a global investment amount of 32 thousand 821 million 755 thousand 769.20 pesos, almost half of the total cost of construction of the AIFA, not yet counting future road investments for which the amounts are not yet known.

This only in the terrestrial space, because in the airspace comes another millionaire investment to carry out the necessary restructuring of the navigability of the airplanes that allows the simultaneous operation of the AIFA, the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM) and the International Airport of Toluca (State of Mexico) and to consolidate the Metropolitan Airport System (SAM), conformed in addition to these air terminals, by those of Puebla (Puebla) and Cuernavaca (Morelos).

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