The Secretary of Defense (SEDENA) announced plans to expropriate a group of land adjacent to the Santa Luca No. 1 Military Air Base (BAM-1), where the Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA) is being built, from individuals and facilitate more space to the air terminal also the military flight operations of its main strategic installation.
In a declaration of expropriation published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF), SEDENA stated that it will alienate just over 109 hectares consisting of 21 parcels of Ejidalland and three areas in adjacent areas of BAM-1, as it deals with extensions that are the functionality and functionality of the AIFA is ensured.
The AIFA, which was built on an original area of 2,331 hectares, will be expropriated to 109,671 hectares in order to expand its operations and build a third runway for civilian use.
The central justification for the declaration of expropriation states that these hectares can be used to create space for noise protection, security, airport infrastructure, additional services and interconnection of the airport as well as for its future growth and expansion. in addition to the military and air facilities required for the functions assigned to the armed institute.
These technical determinations were made on November 16, 2020, when the General Directorate of Engineers of the Secretariat of National Defense received the request from the Commander of the Santa Luca Engineering Group for him, in his capacity as SEDENA’s real estate manager, to expropriate the file the Secretariat stated in the statement.
SEDENA also states that AIFA will conduct around 190,000 flight operations annually and carry around 20 million passengers annually, and makes arguments about the airport’s public safety strategy to support its decision.
The AIFA website states that the # 1 Military Air Base in Santa Luca, state of Mexico, has 2,331 hectares of land, 1,531 of which will be used for this airport and the remainder for the relocation of the Mexican Army and Air Force facilities are currently in this military air base.
It is planned to build this airport in two phases. The first is expected to be operational within three years and serve a demand of 20 million passengers per year and 350,000 tons of cargo per year with the expansion of the existing runway and the construction of two more runways. one of them intended for military use, as well as taxiways, platforms, control tower, passenger terminal and facilities for complementary and commercial services.
The second phase, with a capacity of 80 million passengers per year, includes the expansion of the passenger terminal, taxiways, platforms and cargo space to 700,000 tons per year as well as additional and commercial service facilities.
In cooperation with various companies, agencies as well as national and international organizations, the international regulations of the Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), of which our country is a member state, are complied with for the approval and certification of the airport by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC). By complying with these regulations, in addition to compliance with national standards, regulations and laws, among other things with regard to environmental, safety and legal issues, the safety of passengers and residents of the area is guaranteed. (Jorge Alejandro Medelln)
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