Texcoco Airport

Every city has an airport, and therefore an environmental conflict behind it. These infrastructures trigger landscape controversies and act as negotiators of the territory with its depletion.

In 2018, Manuel López Obrador decided to cancel the construction of Texcoco airport of Mexico City, valued at 13,000 million dollars, and based on the results of a questioned popular consultation.1 They argued that it would be costly to prevent it from sinking because of the old lake’s swampy ground where the airport was located. In addition, ecologists argue that the lake bed provided water for Mexico and prevented flooding.

The abandoned construction is now part of a project to conserve 12,200 hectares of marshland in what was once the massive lake of Texcoco before Spanish settlers in the 17th century began draining the water to prevent flooding in their burgeoning settlement. Groups of scholars keep on developing studies to validate the environmental properties of the affected area as a fight against the ambitious project designed by Foster and Partners.

Authorities point to recent floods as proof that maintenance would have been difficult and say that the project didn’t contemplate many of the urgent dilemmas. To cancel more than 600 contracts that were left in limbo, some 13,000 million pesos (603 million dollars) had to be paid.

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Newspaper’s page which highlights the airport’s cancellation.

Sources: https://apnews.com/

  1. AMLO imposes the cancellation of the Texcoco airport, https://www.forbes.com