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In less than 90 days, Santa Lucía airport accelerates finishes between dustbins and against the clock

The strong wind currents and the filling work on land occupied by the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) have raised a permanent cloud of dust in the 1,530 hectares of one of the flagship works of the Andrés Manuel López Obrador government.

Less than 90 days after its official inauguration, the Grouping of Military Engineers of the National Secretariat (Sedena) accelerates the pace to conclude in time and form the finishes that are carried out in the municipality of Zumpango, State of Mexico.

With a reported progress 83.1% on their official site, the first captain, construction engineer, José Sergio Martínez Mejía, specified in an interview with this newspaper that the first phase of the mega-construction project is nearing completion.

There are the two commercial tracks and we are in the last details of the project; Our commitment is to comply with the mandate of President Andrés Manuel and that all this would be with the bases that he said: austere, with good quality materials and fast.

The military man held.

Martínez Mejía, one of the 200 engineers responsible for the progress of the work, specified that they have been working 24/7 since 2019 with the main objective of presenting an air project that complies with international standards and that helps improve passenger flow in the Mexico’s valley.

The AIFA control tower is 90% complete.

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The AIFA control tower is 90% complete.

The finishes are ready for the entire airport, right now what we are doing is continuing with the rhythm of work that we bring so that the work is ready in March 2022. I can tell you that costs were lowered and intermediates in the purchase of materials were avoided For the construction

The captain specified.

The AIFA runways will have the latest technology, according to Sedena, as well as a system of lights and visual aids, which will allow the aircraft to carry out departure and approach operations, guiding only with the instruments.

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Meanwhile, Volaris and Viva Aerobus are the only companies that have confirmed operations between the new airport and destinations such as Tijuana and Cancun.

Clouds of dust and pollution

Meter He toured the Santa Lucia air base to learn about the final works of the project, where he verified that the two runways for commercial use are completed in their 4.5 kilometers long and 45 meters wide.

Three months after the inauguration, only cleaning and calibration of instruments are carried out by workers and engineers.

According to the official site, Only the installation of the aircraft guidance equipment is pending.

However, despite the reported progress, one of the most notorious aspects of the work is the dustbins that are generated on the site.

This is due to the fact that several extensions of the airport’s land were filled in, due to the fact that they presented differential subsidence and flooding problems.

On the exteriors of the Sedena buildings, there are various clouds of dust that make it difficult even to see the surroundings.

Even workers and the military have found it necessary to cover their nose and eyes with scarves and glasses to prevent the earth from affecting their vision and respiratory system.

In March of this year, a dust whirlwind passed through the air terminal, according to the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) la tolvanera did not cause damage to the buildings and infrastructure of the site.

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Due to the conditions of the terrain and the area, clouds and dust swirls are a constant at this site; in February 2021 a whirlpool was also captured near the slopes; no damage was reported on that occasion either.

On the other hand, the area terminals show an advance of more than 90% of the work, in which cleaning maneuvers are carried out by the workers.

Workers carry out cleaning tasks in the airport terminals.

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Workers carry out cleaning tasks in the airport terminals.

They seek to avoid bottlenecks

In the surroundings of the AIFA, a series of constructions and adaptations in terms of public transport began to reduce traffic in the area and limit the arrival times from Mexico City to the air gas station.

However, the multiple works have caused the dust in the surroundings to increase, as well as the noise generated by machines and trucks that transport different materials.

Regarding the time to get to the new airport from Mexico City, it was found to be more than one hour 20 minutes, considering the departure at the Indios Verdes bus stop, located in the Gustavo A. Madero mayor’s office.

Last details

The Control Tower is another of the flagship facilities of the place, which is 90% completed; so far they continue with the placement of furniture in the cabin with screens and equipment of operating instruments.

VHF antennas have also been installed for air-ground communication, and it is concluded with the placement of exterior finishes on the shaft and the equipment of the alternate elevator.

As well as works in the shade mesh of the sun of the attached buildings, as well as cleaning works in the training areas.

In the hydraulic networks, Sedena stated that works are being carried out for the bases of the main pipeline of the tank and the installation of the electrical network in the machine room.


  • 48 active work fronts remain in the AIFA.
  • 2 commercial runways will have the AIFA with a separation of 1,600 meters by international standard.
  • 136 thousand 983 civil jobs have been created since the start of construction in 2019.
  • 500 pieces of Mammoth have been found during the mega-construction
  • In the parking lot, walls are built for the installation of elevators
  • Preparations for the lifting of metal columns for the trunk axis
  • General hydraulic and sanitary networks begin with the installation and piping works in water tanks in the primary drinking water storage plant, while steel reinforcements are placed on the perimeter wall of the building.
  • In the fuel terminal and distribution network, the internal piping network is assembled
  • Trench compaction of the distribution network
  • Steel enabled in low point isolation box
  • In the “voice and data” electrical networks, work is carried out to monitor the electrical network, control room and supervision of electrical circuits

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