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A New Mex?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 10:41 pm

I read in the NY Times this morning that President Vincente Fox of Mexico has reclaimed a large group of cornfields in a depressed area North of Mexico City.

How likely are the chances of a new MEX, and how badly is one needed?
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RE: A New Mex?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 11:20 pm

I don't know about the chances of a new MEX, but it seems as the opposition is already active as shown in this thread:

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RE: A New Mex?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 11:58 pm

Its badly needed. MEX is overcrowded, it has more than 21 million passengers annually, 2 runways separated by 900 feet which prevents simultaneous takeoffs/landings, about 32 jetbridge positions and some 20 remote parking stations, and it can be a mess when bad weather or repairs are present.

The chances for a new airport? The way it looks now, very slim, at least for this decade. Let's hope President Fox gets his head out of you know where and uses whatever legal means are necessary to get the land and get the project done. However, I think I might be dreaming. . .

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RE: A New Mex?

Fri Jul 19, 2002 12:41 am

The project for the new MEX airport was done as we say in Mexico "con las patas" (with your feet)...........apparently and according to the various studies done by Universities and experts, the area arround Texcoco lake is the best place to build a new airport close to Mexico City.......but the base of the problem is that without consulting the owners of that land, the governement just went in and legally expropiated (sp?) the land and wanted to pay $7 pesos for every square meter in some areas and $25 pesos on some other areas, something like $0.70 and $2.5 US for every square meter!!!!!!!

Needless to say all hell broke loose when land owners (farmers) and government police confronted each other..............

Now there is talk of another project for the new MEX airport, at the east end of the current MEX airport there is a land fill..........this new project proposes building another terminal on this land and conecting it to the current airport; but opposers for this project say that in order to do this an important expressway in Mexico City would have to be moved, extra land between the current airport and the porposed new terminal would have to be expropiated, and this new area is close to a small lake so the bird situation would present a risk for planes taking off.
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RE: A New Mex?

Fri Jul 19, 2002 2:58 am

Another Mess because they forgot the most important thing...

I think it will be very hard for the new airport to be built in Texcoco. It is always very difficult to expropriate people from their territory in any part of the world to build airport projects, so this will no doubt be any different.

Now, it is up to the Mexican government to offer the farmers an incentive to sell their lands for an offer they just cannot refuse. Nonetheless, these people will probably not relent, because they are just not interested in selling their land at whatever prize and benefits they are offered, because they are just too traditional. The problem (in my opinion) is that even if they are offered a great deal they cannot refuse (secure jobs in the airport and a promising future with new homes with good infrastructure), they will decline it, because they are farmers who cannot just establish themselves anywhere else due to their lack of education. They also have enough reason not to trust the Mexican government and its promises. The government cannot just go in there with bulldozers and invade because things are not done that way. The problem is that everyone will have something to loose if the airport isn't built at Lake Texcoco. By the way, these are not the fault of the current administration, these are problems arising of many years of not properly planning for the future.

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