Expansion of Puerto airport to begin this year

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An optimistic Governor Salomón Jara has declared that a number of important infrastructure projects directly benefitting the Coast region could be concluded sooner rather than later.  

Jara recently estimated that the new highway connecting Puerto Escondido and Oaxaca city could be completed in six months’ time, and this week he repeated that prediction and also touched upon the renovation and extension of the airport, first announced in 2020 by the previous state government.

At that time, then-governor Alejandro Murat announced that the project would be developed by architect Alberto Kalach and his team at Taller de Arquitectura X (TAX), who has earned renown locally by his striking hotels Casona Sforza and Terrestre, to name a couple.

Kalach intends to optimize the use of building materials in what could become the first sustainable airport in Mexico by using solar energy technology and a design that favors thermal efficiency.

In order to achieve the greatest possible flexibility in the configuration of spaces, the new passenger building is expected to have a total area of 7,702 square meters.

The project will include the construction of a passenger terminal, parking lot and roads, modernization and construction of ancillary services and buildings, and the rehabilitation of existing areas, including runways and other facilities for general and commercial planes and helicopters, and fuel storage facilities.

On Thursday, during Jara’s weekly TV show Jueves de Gozona, he explained that the airport’s expansion would allow for more international arrivals, positively impacting the town’s tourist activity.

He also mentioned the Interoceanic Corridor connecting the Gulf of Tehuantepec and the Gulf of México, a project that will make south-southeastern Mexico “into a key region for global trade.”

The governor remarked that Oaxaca cannot have growth or development without private investment, stressing that his administration is ready to work with national and foreign investors in making the most of the state’s full potential, declaring that Oaxaca has everything it needs to be a key player in the development of Mexico.

With reports by Revista Mujeres and Quadratín


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