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Revived Chichén Itzá airport expected to lift off in June

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A cargo center at the Chichén Itzá airport may give the facility a new purpose. Photo: Yucatán state press office

Valladolid, Yucatán — The Valladolid Airport Freight Center’s final construction stage is on track for a June inauguration, said Eric Rubio Barthell, a high-ranking state official.

Once completed, a new runway, lights, fuel system and platform will support a new airport cargo center.

The first phase of the airport’s renovation — including a warehouse for both dry and refrigerated goods — is complete, said Rubio.

The airport opened in 2000 to replace the old Chichén Itzá Aerodrome north of the archaeological zone. Meant initially for 200,000 tourists a year, the airport has been quiet and has piled up millions in debt.

The airport will still welcome small private planes, which can fuel up or rent hangar space. It is thought to be suitable for cargo because of its equidistant location from Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

The state-owned airport is operated under a concession held by Mérida-based Servicios Aéreos Ciclo.

Outside the airport, a new road network, including nearly 40 kilometers of widened highway, has been built.

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