Mérida’s international airport, which has recently undergone an extensive expansion and multiple renovations, will be replaced by a larger one outside of the city, Gov. Mauricio Vila confirmed Monday.
Specifics will be announced in the coming weeks, he told local media.
Interviewed during an appearance in Progreso, where the Carnival Breeze was returning after a lengthy pause in cruise ship activity, said that the project will be entirely funded by private investment.
Moving the facility from the southern part of Yucatán’s capital will eliminate noise and improve the quality of life for thousands of residents, he said. Just four years ago, the overall plan was to build hotels and shops around the existing airport. A multi-million-peso expansion was completed in anticipation of increased traffic for years to come.
The governor positioned the project as a way for Yucatán’s economy to earn back some of its pre-pandemic luster.
Mérida’s current airport is capable of accommodating aircraft as large as Boeing 747s and 777s. However, most planes landing there are smaller, most commonly the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.
The Manuel Crescencio Rejon International Airport was first built in 1928 and has been remodeled and enlarged often since the late 1960s.
In April, industry insiders reportedly speculated that the cost of the new airport is likely to surpass 10 billion pesos. What would become of the current airport site was not announced.