Last June 13th 2011, the under-secretary of Infrastructure Fausto Barajas confirmed that the international bidding process for the construction of the Mayan Riviera Airport (the Tulum Airport) will be re-launched after the failed auction of last May 20th. Mr Fausto Barajas confirmed the development of tourism infrastructure is high priority for the SCT (Transport and Communications Secretariat).
The announcement happened just after a meeting between the governor of the Quintana Roo state (where Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cancun are located) Mr Roberto Borge Angulo and Dionisio Pérez Jácome, the head of the SCT.
The auction still does not have a date, the functionaries committed publicly to start working on that after the said announcement. The project has a priority in the federal agenda as the tourism sector represents just over 10% of Mexico’s GDP. The Mayan Riviera Airport project is estimated to cost some $270m, and there were at least 5 groups interested in the previous auction.
The Tulum (Mexico) Airport project is back and actively pushed by the Quintana Roo’s (the Mexican State where Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum are located) Roberto Borge Angulo. He had just (June 13th, 2011) had a meeting with the head of the SCT, the Federal Government transport secretariat, Mr. Dionisio Pérez Jácome to claim for a renewed bidding process. A former bidding process was declared “void” in May 2011 as according to the SCT none of the bidders complied with the technical requirements asked by the Federal Government.
Despite some people are suspicious the project could be a victim of a political struggle (the state is run by the PRI party, while the Federal Government is in the hands of the PAN party), the Tulum/Riviera Maya Airport project was sponsored by Juan Carlos Pereyra Escudero, a PRI state representative and supported unanimously by all the other parties in the Quintana Roo state, including the PAN.
On May 20th, the Mexican Communications and Transport Secretariat declined all the technical offers for the construction of the Riviera Maya Airport (Tulum Airport). At least 5 consortia of Mexican and multinational groups where bidding to build and operate the Mayan Riviera Airport. The airport was expected to start operating in 2014.
The Mexican Government has not yet commented on the results, however lobby from ASUR – the Cancun airport operators (a neighbor airport enjoying the monopoly on the Yucatan Peninsula best resorts) is assumed to have used a substantial lobby against the project.
So far, to get to Tulum you need to fly to Cancun, 90 minutes away by car. The development of the Tulum airport (Mayan Riviera Airport) will make it a lot easier and faster to get to Tulum.
On April 27th 2011, the competing groups Tradeco, Grupo Mexico, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, Aeropuerto de Cancun, Servicios Aeroportuarios del Surest y Haig Gulesserian presented their technical and financial proposals to build and operate the airport.
The SCT (Mexico’s transport and communications regulatory body) now has 18 days to review the technical proposal and go ahead with the financial offers of the finalists.
The prices of the land and the new real estate developments in around Tulum (many of them on the airport area) are expected to raise as a result of the better access.