The Mexican government said this week that the new Tulum airport should be ready to start operations in the first half of 2014.
Humberto Treviño Landois,Mexico's deputy transport minister,told Mexican radio that they hope to select a winning bidder to build and operate the new Riviera Maya terminal by the first week of 2011,and 12 months later construction work can begin.
The competition to build and operate the airport is starting to heat up,with a number of bidders already in the beauty parade.
Treviño said Cancun airport operator,ASUR,and two groups that run airports in other parts of Mexico,OMA and GAP,have already shown interest in the tender.
In the interview,Treviño indicated other aspiring beaties could include IDEAL,Carlos Slim's construction company; Australian infrastructure investors,Macquarie; Spanish investment group,Abertis; and French consortia,Bouygues Batiment International.
The full,detailed requirements for bidders were made available in the week and confirmed that the concession will be granted for an initial period of 50 years.
The Mexican government said the airport will "detonate" economic development in the area and reduce transfer times from Cancun and Cozumel.