USTDA grants US$630,000 to support airport development in Baja California

Friday, February 27, 2009

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a US$630,000 grant to Mexican concessionaire OIB Aeropuerto to promote the development of new airport infrastructure in northwest Mexico, the entity said in a release.

The grant will be used to develop a plan for a greenfield international passenger and cargo airport in Ensenada, Baja California state.

Ensenada international airport (EIA) is one of three new airports selected for development under Mexico's 2007-12 national infrastructure plan PNI, which outlines goals and strategies to increase the coverage, quality and competitiveness of Mexico's transportation, energy and environmental infrastructure.

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OIB Aeropuerto was granted a 30-year concession in 2007 to build, administer and operate the airport.

The airport is intended to replace Ensenada's small general aviation airport (El Ciprés), which is surrounded by the city and cannot be further expanded, and to serve as a secondary airport for the city of Tijuana, located 80km to the north.

In addition, EIA would serve as a cargo and logistics hub for northwest Mexico to support the PNI objective of increasing the country's air cargo capacity by 50%. The airport would have intermodal links to seaports and surface transportation, including road and rail.