Latin American airport projects at a glance

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The new airport being built in Mexico City is hogging the spotlight as far as the region's infrastructure projects are concerned, as president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador – who takes office in December and has been an outspoken foe of the 250bn-peso (US$13.3bn) project – keeps casting shadows, the latest of which includes a proposed public referendum to determine whether it should move forward.

But as Latin American economies pick up, there are many other airports that will need to be built or expanded in the region.

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Latin American development bank CAF recently said the base scenario for projections in the region assumes a 5.2% average annual growth in passenger air traffic, from the current 322mn passengers to 1.1bn travelers by 2040, tripling volume in 25 years.

The bank calculated the investment needed to close the demand-capacity gap in 2016-40 at US$53.15bn.

BNamericas project database shows there are 69 airport projects that add up US$31.8bn in total capex, all of which are planned to be operational by 2032. Click here to see the full list.

Take a look at BNamericas' recent coverage of airport projects, and use our interactive map to locate and analyze each one.

MEXICO

AMLO unveils master plan for Santa Lucía airport option

Building two additional runways at Santa Lucía military airport and connecting them to Mexico City's existing Benito Juárez international airport would require investment of 70.3bn pesos (US$3.72bn). That is according to the...

AMLO's team readies plans in case Mexico City airport moves ahead

The infrastructure team of president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is looking for ways to reduce the costs of the new international airport for Mexico City in case the Mexican people decide works should continue. "We...

Mexico City airport ready by 2022 - if construction continues

The international airport currently under construction east of Mexico City will not start operations as planned on October 20, 2020, according to the project manager, US construction and engineering firm Parsons. The study is...

AMLO presents two options for Mexico City's future airport

In the public consultation regarding Mexico City's new international airport, which is currently under construction, citizens can choose between two options president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is proposing. The...

AMLO wants you to decide the fate of Mexico City airport

The future of the 250bn-peso (US$13.2bn) international airport currently under construction east of Mexico City will ultimately depend on public opinion. The announcement was made by president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO...

GACM working on plan to cut costs of future Mexico City airport

GACM, the state holding company tasked with building a 250bn-peso (US$13.4bn) international airport to serve Mexico City, is reportedly working on a plan to reduce construction costs of the project. The cost adjustments would be...

BRAZIL

Brazilian airports getting busy again

The volume of passengers and cargo going through Brazilian airports recovered last year, after nearly two years of contraction, providing positive news for the sector ahead of regional airport auctions. Brazilian and international...

Infra investments in Brazil to edge up this year

Investments in infrastructure in Brazil this year are likely to expand slightly due to a low comparison basis. Around 114bn reais (US$28.4bn) is expected to be invested in 2018 in infrastructure, including public and private...

Brazil's presidential candidates present infra plans

Some of Brazil's presidential candidates presented divergent plans to promote investments in the country's infrastructure. In a seminar hosted by infrastructure association ABDIB, various candidates showed their plans, except...

Details for Brazil airport auction change

Brazil changed certain details ahead of December's auction for concessions to operate small regional airports. Now the government seeks to auction concessions for 12 airports instead of 13 originally planned as the Barra do Garças...

Brazil's need for deeper analysis of infrastructure projects, Daniel O'Czerny, Director of infrastructure area

Brazil needs to strive to enable better and deeper studies regarding infrastructure projects to attract more investors to this crucial sector. Meanwhile, the reduction of the role development bank BNDES plays in the segment opens...

Viracopos airport concessionaire seeks to lengthen debt maturity

Aeroportos Brasil Viracopos (ABV), the concessionaire of Brazil's Viracopos airport (pictured) in Campinas city, is proposing to lengthen the maturity of its debt. In May a local court approved a bankruptcy protection request from...

Zurich Airport threatens to scrap Viracopos concession plans

Zurich Airport may abandon a plan to assume the concession of Brazil's Viracopos airport (pictured), which serves Campinas city in São Paulo state, if there is no clear signal from the government in the near future. The company has ...

CHILE

Sacyr keeps eyes on highways in Chile's next concessions cycle

Sacyr will keep focusing on highway projects during Chile's next concessions rounds, although projects in that cycle are still not advanced enough to be considered priorities. As the Spanish firm plans to sell 49% of Sacyr...

Chile issues tender for northern airport expansion

Chile's public works ministry (MOP) launched the tender for the second concession of Arica's Chacalluta airport in the northernmost Arica y Parinacota region, which has a budget of over US$91mn. According to a technical minute of...

Chile sets timetable to reactivate Valparaíso airport

Authorities from Chile's Valparaíso region agreed on a timetable for reopening a local navy air base for commercial flights, nearly 30 years after it stopped attending civil passengers. A group including intendant Jorge Martínez,...

Parties pause in dispute over Chile airport expansion

The concessionaire in charge of the US$650mn expansion of Santiago de Chile's Arturo Merino Benitez airport and the country's public works ministry (MOP) put their ongoing dispute over the delays on hold. According to a document...

PERU

Peru to call bids for Chinchero airport project

Peru's government, which has taken over the delayed US$520mn Chinchero airport project as a state-run venture, aims to call bids for initial construction work ...

Peru to modernize Ilo port and airport

Peru plans to invest in upgrades to port and airport infrastructure in Ilo as part of a drive to spur trade on the country's southern coast, according to a senior government official. The government will spend US$16mn to modernize...

PARAGUAY

Bidders still pursuing Paraguay airport PPP

Two consortiums competing for the concession of Paraguay's Silvio Pettirossi airport have renewed the bid bonds for their respective offers for the US$149mn PPP contract, despite the fact that the bidding process has been stuck in the ...

New Paraguay govt to review PPP framework

Paraguay's government will review the frameworks for public-private partnerships (PPP) and turnkey contracts, following some failed tenders for major projects that took place during the...

COLOMBIA

Colombia finishes studies for US$1.2bn Bogotá airport

Colombian infrastructure agency ANI has finished the studies and designs for the 3.5tn-peso (US$1.2bn) first stage of the El Dorado 2 airport, the second to serve capital Bogotá, according to a release. The incoming government of...