The new airport, to be located 15 km west of Merida (in Hunucmá), will cost, apparently, very little: US$100 M (MXP$ 1,040M). The project should be concluded by 2007 and includes building a new four-lane highway to connect the airport to the city (MXP $140M) and urban development such as lakes, zoos and parks.
The land left by the old airport will be used to build a shopping mall, residential areas (7K houses), parks and its 2 runways will be converted into avenues to link Merida-Campeche highway with Merida downtown.
The plan pretends to detonate west Yucatan as it will also enhance the general infraestructure of this area (and make it easier to visit Celestun, with its marvelous flamencos protected area).
The governor has already stated that building a new airport is not completely necesary, but it is a good chance to develop the southern area of Merida (where MID is currently located) through the new commercial and residential projects to be build there, and prepare Merida airport facilities to future needs (well, it seems that someone is planning here).
However, Merida City Treasury is worried as it will loose about US$38M of incomes due to the airport moving to another municipality (Hunucmá).
MID handles almost 1M pax a year with a minimal growth of 3.6% between 2000 and 2004.
Pzurita1 From Greenland, joined Sep 2002, 1385 posts, RR: 15 Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3421 times:
MX used to fly MID-HAV for a long long time... But they stopped them when they started flying CUN-HAV.
Pedro Infante, Mexico's pop icon during 1950's, was killed when he was flying his own plane just minutes after he had departed MID. His plane crashed into a residential area, taking a toll of 4 more victims who were inside a couple of houses.
SFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3326 times:
Quoting Pilottim747 (Reply 13): So why does Merida need a new airport? Did the current airport get outgrown? I flew MID-CUN back in 1998, I dont remember the airport being particularly crowded or congested at all.
That's exactly what some local lawmakers are saying regarding this issue. Even Governor Laviada acknowledges that Merida doesn't really need a new airport, yet building a new one would develop that Yucatan's zone. It seems that some local politicians are really upset about this new airport idea.
As usually happen in Mexico, most critics don't really care about the airport itself, they just want to piss off the Governor. Mr. Laviada belongs to the PAN (right), and the new airport's critics are local lawmakers of the PRD (left) and PRI (corrupt). Based on what I've read, the airport sounds like a good idea if the State really has some buck to spare on this project.