Ports & Airports

Currently, 17 of Mexico’s 76 airports account for 88% of the 86.4 million passengers and 98% of the 747,000 tons of cargo moved through the country every year. Moreover, of Mexico’s 117 ports, the Altamira, Veracruz, Manzanillo, and Lazaro Cardenas ports see 96% of the container cargo, 65% of agricultural grains, 40% of mineral grains, and 38% of general loose cargo passing through the country. It comes as no surprise that both Mexico City’s airport, as well as a number of ports, have declared themselves at maximum capacity.

The Mexican government’s response has been to approve the immediate construction of a new Mexico City airport, as well as announcing 20 projects to improve the national airport system. Moreover, the NIP plans to lessen the burden on the current port infrastructure by expanding and improving its strategic ports infrastructure. It also aims to create proper access roads and railways to take advantage of economies of scale and convert Mexico’s ports into maritime logistic hubs of the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

This chapter features interviews with the main airport and port operators in the country, focusing on their installed capacity and operations, their ambitions, and the opportunities that will ensue as a result of the NIP. It includes perspectives from construction and maintenance companies, as well as an overview of the main challenges and possible solutions from the eyes of leading public figures, businessmen, and consultants.

HIGHLIGHTS OF CHAPTER 8

  • Mexico state-of-the-art landmark: The new Mexico City airport
  • Expansion and modernization of strategic ports
  • Turning Mexico’s ports into logistics hubs 
  • Transforming military airports into accessible and up-to-date airports