Developed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Tulum International Airport will be on the land of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, in the ejido of Chunyaxché and will be built on an area of 1,200 hectares. Access to the airport, meanwhile, will remain within the municipality. However, those are negotiations that are still taking place. 

AMLO announced that a company is being created that will control the new airport and be managed by the army, operating the Tulum terminal, the Santa Lucia terminal, and the Mayan Train. The income from this new infrastructure will be used to cover the pensions and retirements of the armed forces.

The 10 communities that make up the ejido (Chun On, Chuyah, Chumpón, Muyil, Yodzonot, etc.) will benefit directly in terms of infrastructure, tourism, and economy, among others.

According to reports from the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) has already exercised the first 237.6 million pesos to prepare pre-feasibility studies for the Tulum airport.

Sedena submitted the budget request in February of this year to the SHCP for a total of 12 studies that include cost-benefit analysis, economic feasibility and financial evaluation, the orographic and obstacle survey study, the master plan, and topographic studies. The studies also include engineering development for the control tower and passenger terminal, integral management of solid waste, social impact, archaeological rescue, legal feasibility, the architectural planning of the terminal building, and a military city to provide support and services to the civil airport. By the second quarter, Sedena had already exercised these resources.

In addition to being a military city, the Tulum airport could become a cargo logistics center, as the army proposes that private sector participation schemes be identified later to reduce the risks and costs of the project.

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