If Mexico's transport and
communications ministry (SCT) does not launch a new tender,the government of the
state of Quintana Roo has announced that it will seek the concession to build the
Maya airport,according to a report by the newspaper,El Economista.
From the report,Quintana Roo governor Roberto Borge stated,“As the state
government,we could make the decision to bid for a state-run airport.”
Digging deep into items found
back in 2004,uncovered public documents prove that the state of Quintana Roo
quietly formed a new company before the end of 2004 owned mainly by the state
to seek the concession to build and operate the new international Riviera Maya
airport. The new majority state-owned company,known as Aeropuerto
Internacional de la Riviera Maya,S.A. De C.V.,will be required to remain at
least 51 percent state-owned and the federal government is allowed to own up to
a 49 percent stake through its decentralized government entity ASA,Aeropuertos
y Servicios Auxiliares.
Just last week,SCT announced
that it will acquire up to 176ha of land in the state of Quintana Roo to make
room for the project,which led to the assumption that the government will
forge ahead with the project despite the rejection of all three recent bids.
As reported at the end of May,
the previous tender by SCT for the construction and operation of the $269
million dollar airport project that was submitted in 2010,rejected the three
other bidders’ proposals. Those included Grupo Mexico,who joined with local airport
operator GAP,another group comprised of Tradesco Infrastructura and
Argentina's Corporacion America,and local airport operator Asur in conjunction
with Aeropuerto de Cancun.
Another key to the amount of interest and activity surrounding this new
highly anticipated Tulum airport,and some new and surprising candidates
entering into the race. The
competition heats up!