- A New Airport for the Consolidation of the Airport System of Mexico City    click here to open paper content669 kb
by    Greene, Fernando | gondiana@hotmail.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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To solve Mexico City’s aeronautical problems, 3 alternatives were studied. The one adopted involved the modernization of 4 airports in and near the city. Yet, the study of another option was commissioned to the National University under the direction of the author.
In 2001 a new airport for Mexico City was planned, two alternatives were studied, both with the possibility of three runways operating simultaneously. One option in the fringe of the metropolis at Texcoco, the other 70 kilometers from the City at Tizayuca, the first required the cancellation of the current airport since its “Approximation Cone “overlapped with it , the second option did not have this problem.
After a thorough analysis, the Texcoco location was selected, therefore, the land acquisition process was started with very negative results including a civil revolt which made this alternative not feasible.
Instead of considering the Tizayuca location, the Aeronautical Authorities opted for a third solution, the modernization of the current City Airport and three other airports located near surrounding cities, this option was immediately started and will be finished this year allowing this airport to handle up to 26 million passengers per year, since it only counts with one runway.
The Toluca airport, 70 kilometers from the City has been enlarged and refurbished with a dramatic growth of services in the last two years, other two airports, Cuernavaca and Puebla are in process of modernization.
Last year the Hidalgo State Government, where the Tizayuca Valley is located, decided to make a regional plan of this Valley with an area of 1500 sq. kilometers, this project including an airport with the possibility of three runways if necessary, this action to consolidate the airport system of the region.
The Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) won the contest organized by the State of Hidalgo and the National Council of Sciences (CONACYT) to make this plan which has to be delivered by the end of this year and in which I am the head planner.
Considering the above, this paper will deal with some of the more relevant results of this regional planning for the Antwerp Congress.

airport, mexico city, regional planning
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