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Mexico awards $4.2bn airport contract

9 Jan 17 A Mexican-Spanish consortium has landed a US$4.2bn (£3.4bn) contract to build the terminal for Mexico City’s new airport.

The consortium is led by FCC’s majority shareholder Carlos Slim’s Grupo Carso. As well as FCC, it also includes another Spanish company, Acciona, along with local Mexican companies ICA, GIA, Prodemex, Grupo Hermes and La Peninsular.

The consortium will build the terminal building of the new international airport for Mexico City (NAICM) in the Federal District of Lake Texcoco after submitting the best economic and technical bid. The contract will have a 44 month completion deadline.

The building has been designed by architects Norman Foster and Fernando Romero and will take the shape of an X, alluding to Mexico. It will have capacity for about 125 million passengers per year.

The contract award is for the construction of a building with an area of 743,000m2 over four floors on a plot of land measuring 4, 430ha. Arrivals, baggage reclaim and all services relating to ground handling and the baggage handling system will be located on the first floor. This level will also include access to the car park, the flight information area, the short-stay car park and access to the Metro from the ground transportation centre. The second floor will be used for international arrivals, immigration and the flight transfer area. Departures will be located on the third floor, which will have a large central shopping area, departure passageways and an area reserved for pre-clearance. Lastly, the fourth floor will include a car park, the check-in area and security control.

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The surface area of the roof will be double the size of that in Terminal 4 of Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. It will be made of aluminium sheets and ceramic glass that will channel rainwater, wind and sunlight through pipes and photosensitive systems in order to be used inside.

The construction of NAICM will create about 160,000 jobs, and about 450,000 when in operation.

The new airport will have six runways with "triple simultaneous" operation which will make it one of the first to use this system outside of the European Union.

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