According to a report released today by Mexico's transport and communications ministry (SCT),a second tender for the construction and operation of a new Riviera Maya airport that is scheduled to be built in Tulum,Quintana Roo,will be announced in the near future.
Although a specific date is still in the process of being chosen,Mexican infrastructure secretary Fausto Barajas told the newspaper Milenio today that the tender will happen very “soon.” In late May of this year,the SCT declared a previous tender void and rejected three bids due to a reported failure among all bidders to comply with certain required security standards.
The bidders on the initial tender for the project included airport operator Asur in partnership with Aeropuerto de Cancun,and a second group that was made up of Grupo Mexico and airport operator GAP,as well as a third group that included Tradeco Infrastructure,along with Corporacion America and Haig Gulesserian Damlamayan.
The new Riviera Maya airport,which will be located just over 80 miles from tourist hotspot Cancun,is a special project of Mexican President Felipe Calderon and was originally planned to break ground in late 2012. Tulum will handle more than 3 million passengers each year with a construction cost of over $250 million USD.