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Reactions to the design have been mixed, but airport authorities say it’s all in good fun. Photo: Courtesy

Early in the tenure of President López Obrador, it was announced that the airforce base at Santa Lucía in Zumpango, Mexico State would be converted into a civilian airport

This decision has been controversial for several reasons, but now all eyes have turned to the airport’s bathrooms.

This is because of their unique aesthetic, featuring images of Mexican pop culture, namely the likenesses of famous luchadores including El Santo and Blue Deamon.

“This looks less like an airport bathroom than a scuzzy bar outside the Arena Méxco. How embarrassing,” said @UnaTiwttera on Twitter. 

While the design has been labeled as tacky by critics, for the most part, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“This is so cool, it’s such a great idea to liven up spaces like this that tend to be so boring. What a great initiative,” said Carlos Noverlo of Toluca on Facebook. 

Bathroom stalls featuring the masks of some of Mexico’s most famous wrestlers. Photo: Courtesy

Earlier: Mérida will replace its airport with a new one, governor confirms

Airport authorities noted that in total the airport will have 38 bathrooms and that each one will have its own motif with designs ranging from Maya culture to contemporary architecture and Mexican art. 

Photograph showing the ceiling of the bathroom decorated with a wrestling championship belt and a large mural in the background. Photo: Courtesy

The new airport aims to work in tandem with Mexico City’s Benito Juárez Airport, 50 kilometers away, to address the growing demand for flights in and out of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Area.

The inauguration of the Felipe Angeles Civilian airport is scheduled for March 21. It will be the third-largest airport in Mexico following the Benito Juárez Airport in Mexico City and Cancún International

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