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Mexico's Largest Airline Applauds Tulum Airport

12 September, 2012

Mexico's largest domestic airline, Aeromexico,applauded plans for the new Tulum airport this week,saying the competition the new terminal will provide is good for the industry.

The airline's CEO,Dr. Andrés Conesa,said,"Why does the competition scare some [in the industry]? It will be a win-win situation for all of us in the aviation sector and consumers in particular."

Speaking at the launch of the carrier's new digital platform, Aeromexico 2.0,Conesa said his company welcomed plans for the new Tulum airport and said it is good for Cancun and the rest of the country.

The Mexican government said last week that they are putting the final touches to the requirements document for the new terminal,and the task of building and operating it will be put out to bid by the end of the month.

The Federal Competition Commission has reviewed the details to ensure that there is fair competitionbetween investors and consortia that compete to win the $254 million project.

The new Riviera Maya international airport will be the first in Mexico that is 100% financed and constructed by the private sector,under a form of license from the goverment.

The terminal itself will be on 3,700 acres (1,500 hectares) of land on the edge of the booming Tulum real estate zone and will be able to handle as many as 3 million passengers per year.

Those expected to bid for the project include: ASUR,operator of nearby Cancun airport, Advent International,private equity investors; Abertis from Spain; Bouygues Batiment International from France;OMA,operator of northern Mexican airports including Monterrey and Acapulco; OHL,one of Spain's largest construction companies; GAP,operator of Mexican Pacific side airports including Guadalajara;IDEAL,construction company of Carlos Slim,the "richest man in the world"; and Grupo Mexico,a large Mexican industrial group.

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