pzurita1
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New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:37 pm

Yucatan government is soon to start a whole new airport to serve Merida (MID).

http://www.yucatan.com.mx/noticia.as...x=11$3501000000$3091157&f=20050730
(link is in Spanish only. Sorry guys).

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.
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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Fri Aug 12, 2005 12:35 am

I guess this new facility will be part of ASUR then. I looked at ASUR's website, but there is nothing yet.

http://www.asur.com.mx/asur/index.asp
 
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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:08 am

Great news!!!

Does MID serve any international destinations? I mean besides USA?
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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:18 am

MID airport, If it's "not useless", don't build a new one.
Any chance to see TA back in MID or Tikal Jets flying from FRS, GUA?
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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:26 am

Quoting 2travel2know (Reply 3):
If it's "not useless", don't build a new one.

If they see an opportunity to develop the area, and have the means to do so, why not? (personal opinion)

Quoting Henpol747 (Reply 2):
Does MID serve any international destinations? I mean besides USA?

Many moons ago, TA (or was it GU?) had a flight from GUA, but it's long gone.

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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Fri Aug 12, 2005 5:31 am

Anybody know which airlines fly to Merida and from where?
 
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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Fri Aug 12, 2005 5:41 am

Well Continental flies to Merida from Houston-IAH. I can confirm this as I've flown the flight twice Big grin Lovely town BTW. If you need a hammock, go to MID.

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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Fri Aug 12, 2005 6:33 am

Quoting Henpol747 (Reply 2):
Does MID serve any international destinations? I mean besides USA?

The only scheduled service to the US is Continental to Houston and AeroMexico to Miami.

They get some charters, IIRC, mainly from Italy. Merida is huge with Italians.
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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Fri Aug 12, 2005 6:34 am

Yes, for many years Aviateca's route map had Merida as a destinations. MID also had service from Pan American and during the 60s and 70s from Lufthansa.

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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Fri Aug 12, 2005 6:43 am

FedEx currently flies a daily flight MIA-MID-MIA, with a brief loading/unloading stop in CUN. A/c is a CV580. Flight FX7135 operates on Air Tahoma metal.

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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:04 am

I remember when I was a kid watching the Pan Am 707/720's that operated an interesting routing MIA-TPA-MID-MEX and return.

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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:13 pm

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.


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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Sat Aug 13, 2005 8:46 am

Do you know what type of airplane it was (Pedro Infante's)?
 
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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Sat Aug 13, 2005 2:20 pm

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.

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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Sat Aug 13, 2005 2:23 pm

Such a shame to lost the old MID airport!

For sure this new airport will have a single runway and a cheesy terminal as usual!

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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Sat Aug 13, 2005 2:41 pm

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.
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RE: New Airport In Merida (MID), Mexico

Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:09 am

Quoting Juventus (Reply 12):
Do you know what type of airplane it was (Pedro Infante's)?

Nop. Sorry. That info is well beyond my knowledge.
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