A new referendum was passed in Mexico that halts the construction of its $13 billion airport construction project. The referendum came as a surprise to many people in the business and financial industries who believed that the new airport was necessary to keep Mexico competitive. The President-elect, however, campaigned aggressively against the project and stated that halting it now would save voters $5 billion.
The President-elect stated that money could be redirected to the military air base in the town of Santa Lucia where two new commercial runways could be built along with the planned terminal. He assured voters that clearance was already given by the aviation industry to operate flights at the same time as the major airport in Mexico City. He stated that the distance between the two airports would prevent mishaps with flights.
However, it is not clear how travelers would be able to make connecting flights within a reasonable amount of time considering the distances between the current airport in Mexico City, Santa Lucia, and the existing satellite airport in the nearby city of Toluca.
The Mexico City airport has seen a significant increase in passengers over the last few years and is now operating at capacity.
The canceled project was meant to eliminate the congestion at the capital city airport and increase the number of passengers that could fly in to the area with ease. Now, with flights having to go to the other two airports, things could become very complicated. Many who opposed the referendum simply asked "How will connecting flights be met in a timely manner if the flyer has to travel to two different airports?". Unsurprisingly, the question was left unanswered.