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The Undersecretary of Infrastructure, Jorge Nuño, has no doubts: on March 21, the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) will begin commercial operations and passengers and workers will be able to arrive through two land accesses, one of them, San Jerónimo, in charge of the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT), which includes a junction in the cargo area and a military one, which will be completed this month and will connect to the terminal building.

For its part, the government of the State of Mexico is responsible for delivering the junction that connects the Circuito Exterior Mexiquense with the main entrance of the terminal within the next 40 days.

Regarding public transport, he said that for the inauguration, a Mexibús station will be operating in the loading area, which arrives from Ojo de Agua, on line 1 and departs from the Ciudad Azteca terminal.

In an interview, the official highlighted the coordination with the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) and local governments to fulfill the presidential mission of leaving the new airport infrastructure functional.

Among its immediate pending issues is the conclusion next June of the Tonanitla-AIFA toll-free main access, which was divided into six sections for further work progress. This project is the second of the three that he is in charge of (the other is the arrival of the suburban train that departs from Buenavista and will be completed in the second half of 2023).

“If there is something that I am proud of, it is that we were able to build in a coordinated manner and in the time that they asked us. There will be an airport and you will be able to access it. In the future, other road projects will enter that will provide greater accessibility. In no more than three years we have been able to build a large airport. If I could put what we are doing on a line, they add up to about 18 km built in 18 months, which is a record time: one month per km. We had never achieved anything like this,” he said.

In the connectivity program developed for the new terminal there are 24 projects that involve an investment of 106,232 million pesos, which have federal, state and private origin. The level of progress is different, they will be incorporated gradually and will have systems that will allow users to be informed which route will facilitate their arrivals.

For the medium term, the official assured that a direct connection between the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) and the new terminal is being analyzed in a maximum of 40 minutes (with some toll sections) and one more to get from the Xochimilco area.

Procedures, a challenge

Jorge Nuño recalled that upon his arrival at the SICT (previously he was the head of the Investment Unit in the Undersecretary of Expenditures of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit) it became a priority to have road access to the new airport ready, of which Significant progress was already made in the executive projects.

If there is something that I am proud of, it is that we were able to build in a coordinated manner and in the time that they asked us. There will be an airport and you will be able to access it. In the future, other road projects will enter that will provide greater accessibility”

JorgeNuño Lara, Undersecretary of Infrastructure of the SICT

In his previous position, he learned about a mobility study that was in charge of military personnel with whom the connections were planned, based on the existing infrastructure (Mexiquense Exterior Circuit, Mexico-Pachuca highway and the Mexico-Pachuca highway) and others in development .

The objective was to avoid bottlenecks after leaving Mexico City, although at the moment the works cause a slow transit through the area.

“In a meeting with the Defense, the SICT and the two governments we agreed on what we were going to do. Some roads in the State of Mexico were already being developed, such as the Toluca-Naucalpan highway. What we did in the coordination group was to see what was necessary so that they could be finished. Some had obstacles, such as permits at different levels that were pending to be obtained. This is how we developed the list of 24 projects, but not all of them enter at the same time”, explained the graduate in Economics from ITAM.

In the case of its three works (the two roads involve an investment of 5,031 million pesos that come from an update of the Gulf-Centro highway concession, in the hands of the National Infrastructure Fund, Fonadin, and in the expansion of the train there will be a total investment of 21,943 million pesos, which will be provided by the concessionaire, Fonadin and SICT) faced the challenge of overcoming obstacles typical of an urban area: high-tension lines, cellular antennas, lighting points or aqueducts.

– What lessons are left of doing works in record time, when time is a relevant variable?, the undersecretary was asked.

– The procedures, there are many permits: from the National Water Commission, environmental, legal… They are the ones that take the longest in any project. For the future we want to have a library of projects, maybe we won’t be able to build everything, but we have preliminary or executive projects so that when they are activated we already have them. It is something that is needed.

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