Cancun Real Estate Area's Airport Expanded with New Runway

By: Cindy Ader

Cancun Real Estate buyers know the importance of quick, easy access back home. The operator of Cancun International Airport, ASUR, also realizes this, and on Tuesday, October 20th, ASUR expanded the airport with a second runway. At the ceremony of the grand opening, ASUR also announced that it would bid for the construction and operation of the Riviera Maya International Aiport, serving the Tulum Real Estate area.

Cancun International Airport, ASUR's main terminal, doubled its capacity with the opening of the second runway that will allow the airport to serve 28 million passengers per year. ASUR said the new runway in Cancun, the main Mexican destination for foreigners, can manage more than 80 simultaneous takeoffs or landings per hour; this capacity is expected meet the demand projected for the coming decades.

The work on the second runway began in 2005, and the project required an investment of about $67 million USD and also included a new control tower, the largest control tower in Latin America, standing 315 feet high.

The second runway includes an airplane bridge with a taxiway, and crosses the access road to the airfield, so car drivers can see to the national and international planes pass over them as they drive.

The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, was present at the ceremony and officially inaugurated the new runway.

Along with the official opening of the new runway, Mexicana Airlines has named the Cancun International Airport a hub. Starting December 1, operations will begin to Washington, USA, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Bogota, Colombia, San Jose, Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador. Furthermore, the airline will offer more options for connecting flights coming from the cities on the East Coast of the U.S., among other places. This will, of course, mean more options for traveling back home for some Americans who are planning on buying Cancun Real Estate.

ASUR operates a total of nine airports in south-eastern Mexico and at the ceremony reiterated that they will also bid for the new Riviera Maya airport in Tulum, just south of Cancun; this project was postponed last year amid the global recession.

The new terminal would seek to serve destinations in the Tulum Real Estate region, which is popular with international tourists for its white sand beaches and Mayan archaeological sites. The cost of building the airport in the Riviera Maya has been estimated between 120 and 200 million dollars and would serve an estimated 3 million passengers a year. The Tulum real estate region is expected to grow in the next while, and visitors to Cancun and northern parts of the Riviera Maya are also expected to continue increasing. The new airport will ease access for Tulum property owners, and guarantee that Cancun International Airport's new capacity will not run short any time soon.

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Region: Cancun Real Estate by Cyndi Ader, She is a member of A.M.P.I. (The Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals) and is currently a member of the International Relations Committee.

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