Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) announced that it is now completely out of the bidding process for the new Riviera Maya airport in Tulum,Mexico,despite having recently submitted an appeal to the Federal Competition Commission (CFC) regarding its ability to bid on the project. The remaining two groups of stakeholders,which include Grupo Mexico,and a partnership between Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico and Tradeco,must now submit their bids by April 25,2011 and a winner will be announced to the public in late May.
Adolfo Castro,who is director of finance for Asur,was quoted by CNN stating,"ASUR is no longer part of that contract,that is clear,we are out of the process altogether." This follows a decision by the Antitrust Authority in January of 2011 which denied Asur the right to participate in the Riviera Maya airport project,due to fears surrounding the company's excessive control of the airport services market in Cancun and throughout the southeast. Asur was the first private airport group in Mexico and currently owns and administers 9 terminals in the southeastern part of the country,including the airports at Cancun,Villahermosa,Oaxaca,Veracruz,Huatulco,Tapachula and Minatitlan.
The development of the International Airport Riviera Maya in Tulum real estate will greatly improve and grow Mexico's entire air traffic infrastructure and it will also increase development and investment opportunities throughout the entire state of Quintana Roo,as well as the entire southeast portion of the country. The facility is already expecting to accommodate more than 700,000 passengers during its first year at full operation,with 3 million annual travelers projected to be passing through the airport by its third year of operation.