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