· It will allow Cancún International Airport as a whole to handle 23 million passengers a year, 64 percent more than in 2012. 

· In 2015, Mexico was visited by more than 32 million foreign tourists, he said.

Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated the expansion and renovation of Terminal 3 at Cancún International Airport, in which over one billion pesos were invested, which will enable this air terminal as a whole to handle 23 million passengers a year, 64 percent more than in 2012.

The president explained that this new terminal forms part of the transformative process the government has promoted.

He explained that Cancún International Airport, the country’s second largest and the one with the highest number of operations in the country, may reach an operating level almost as high as that of Mexico City Airport.

President Peña Nieto said that in 2012 the number of tourists arriving in our country was approximately 23 million, which placed Mexico in a privileged position, but did not yet allow it to be among the top ten most visited countries.

In 2014, he added, “It was possible to once again be among the ten countries with the greatest tourism in the world, with just over 30 million tourists. And in 2015, we expanded the number of tourists coming to our country to over 32 million.”

He noted that the growth in the number of tourists visiting our country, “Has to do with connectivity and how Mexico is increasingly connected to other countries in the world in order to attract tourists from these countries.”

He declared that, “Three years ago, the country’s airports handled 55 million passengers; today there are 73 million airport users, 18 million more than three years ago. That means we are advancing, moving and becoming more connected.”

The president thanked the Airport Group of the Southeast (ASUR) for its confidence in making these major investments in the country, which is also reflected in the announcement that Terminal 4 of this same airport will be inaugurated next year.

IN THE THREE YEARS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE  RESOURCES TOTALLING APPROXIMATELY 34 BILLION PESOS HAVE BEEN INVESTED IN THE AERONAUTICAL SECTOR RUIZ ESPARZA

Secretary of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said that the expansion of Terminal 3 at Cancún International Airport, “Is a clear example of how public concessions granted by the government generate private investment of great value, which contribute to the growth of our economy, creating more jobs and better development opportunities for Mexicans.”

He said that Terminal 3, exclusively designed for international flights, has increased its capacity from six to 10 million passengers, adding 76,000 square meters of terminal building and platforms.

Ruiz Esparza said that in the three years of this administration, public and private resources of approximately 34 billion pesos have been invested in the aeronautical sector, which have permitted the creation of 260 new domestic and 186 international routes, “Meaning that Mexico is better connected inside and outside its borders.”

He added that during the first three years in office of President Peña Nieto, “Our country has returned to the select group of the 10 countries most visited by international tourism.” He said that in 2015 alone, “More than 32 million international tourists arrived in our country, an increase of nine percent over the previous year.”

He added that on average, the price index in air transport has not recorded increases. “We are undoubtedly on the right track, as borne out by investors’ confidence in the transformation that is moving to Mexico and reflected in this great work,” he said.

THE INCREASE IN PASSENGERS HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO PROVIDE GREATER SECURITY NATIONWIDE: JAIME CHICO PARDO

Chairman of the ASUR Board of Directors Fernando Chico Pardo said that, “In the past four years, the number of passengers who visit us annually has increased by over 50 percent,” which, he said “has been made possible by the efforts of your government to provide greater security for the whole country.”

He therefore congratulated the president on the achievements in this area. “Intelligence work and the firm commitment of our federal forces have been key factors in achieving this result,” he said.

Stating that, “Airport infrastructure is yet another component in the set of factors that form the tourism chain of this wonderful destination,” he explained that the expansion of Terminal 3 means, in terms of annual passenger capacity, a 24 percent increase over what already exists.

He noted that construction has already begun on Terminal 4, which will start operating next year, thereby increasing the airport’s current capacity by 38 per cent. As a result, annual capacity will be approximately 30 million passengers, representing 86 percent of the number handled by Mexico City Airport in 2015.

CANCÚN THE FASTEST GROWING AIRPORT IN LATIN AMERICA IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS: ROBERTO BORGE

Roberto Borge Angulo, governor of Quintana Roo, said that Cancún Airport is, “Undoubtedly the most important international airport we have today in the country, and I dare say, the fastest growing in the past four years in Latin America.”

He said that the state government and the federal government are committed to supporting the efforts of ASUR Group to continue growing the dynamics of the state as a large, comprehensive tourist destination, which now not only comprises Cancún, but also the Riviera Maya and Isla Mujeres.

He said that Quintana Roo has grown considerably in recent years. “It is undoubtedly the giant in Mexican tourism,” he said.

He noted that nearly 50 percent of the country's income from foreign exchange is obtained in Quintana Roo. "We are talking about more than 96 billion pesos entering the Federation from tourism earnings, which are provided from Quintana Roo, for this great tourist community,” he said.

He explained that upon completion of Terminal 4,  “Cancun International Airport will have the capacity to handle 35 million passengers per year,” which will contribute to the efforts of hoteliers, tour operators, and the tourist community in general, to attract more tourists to the state, and thus generate more jobs in the state of Quintana Roo.