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