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President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announces cancellation of new Mexico International Airport

Mexico City, Mexico — After a national public consultation, president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the cancellation of the new Mexico International Airport (NAIM).

Figures from a national consultation on the construction of the new airport showed 29 percent of the country in favor of the Texcoco airport with 69 percent against it, but in favor of the construction being moved to the Santa Lucia Military Base.

The announcement of the cancellation of the Texcoco airport was made Monday by López Obrador. In a press conference, the president-elect confirmed that the construction of the NAIM in Texcoco will be canceled.

He stressed that it is viable to build the new airport in Santa Lucia, saying that the military base in Santa Lucia will be expanded.

Work will go toward expanding the military base in Santa Lucia

“The decision of the people on the new International Airport of Mexico City is rational and democratic. It is good news that we have opted for Santa Lucia. We are happy because a democratic exercise was applied and it was the people who decided. When there is democracy, there is no corruption.”

He explained in economic terms, with the decision to cancel the Texcoco project, the federal government will save the people 100 billion peso. “We will work to resolve in three years, the current saturation problem,” said the president-elect.

A national vote was held October 25 to 28 in numerous municipalities around the country for the public to decide whether the NAIM should continue in Texcoco or whether the work should be transferred to the Santa Lucia Military Base.

The president of Coparmex (Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana or the Mexican Employers’ Association), Gustavo de Hoyos, said that the announcement made Monday by Andrés Manuel López Obrador will mark his presidency .

“The positions of Coparmex will always be attached to the legal framework. The announcement made by the president-elect will mark his presidency,” Hoyos said adding “It will shed light on what we can expect from him.”

Peña Nieto says Texcoco work will continue until his presidency ends

In the meantime, current President Enrique Peña Nieto said that the construction of the Mexico International Airport in Texcoco will continue at least until November 30 when his administration ends.

He added that as for the cancellation announced by the president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, “The next government will have to face the payment of commitments which will probably require the use of fiscal resources in addition to the tax paid by airport users, the TUA, as explained in detail by the director of the Airport Group.”

“During the last few years, we have been clear about the relevance of this work for the country,” he stressed adding, “The Government of the Republic will be respectful of the decisions of the next administration and will continue, until November 30, carrying a process of cordial and respectful transition.”

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