By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
The problems with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s controversial Santa Lucía Airport project just keep adding up.
In addition to work delays and over-expenditures, a high rate of workplace accidents and countless lawsuits over its prioritization and the cancelation of the previous private-sector New International Mexico Airport (NAIM) — not to mention the possibility of a downgrade to Category Two safety by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that could lead to the cancelation of commercial flights from the north — it seems that Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) and the Navigation Services in the Mexican Air Space (Seneam) will soon be summoned to address citizen complaints about aircraft noise created by airport’s new airspace redesign, according to the Mexico City Secretariat of the Environment (Sedema).
“We are going to have to sit down and talk with the federal government to see what solutions have to be found,” said Sedema Director Marina Robles.
The issue will be addressed without interfering with federal powers on the matter and in response to neighborhood protests, she said.
Mexico City residents, especially from the south, have filed a series of lawsuits claiming health and environmental violations caused by the government’s redesign of the airspace in the Valley of Mexico.
According to the Sedema, at least 1.2 million residents of Mexico City are now suffering the effects of the aircraft noise.
In response, the Federal Judiciary Council has ordered legal proceedings at the Fifth Administrative District Court.
Whatever the solution, it won’t leave everyone satisfied.
Residents of the upscale Lomas de Chapultepec, in Mexico City’s northwest, stated that they will oppose the routes returning to that area.
“For seven years, we complained with protections, because the government modified the radials where the planes flew, causing aircrafts to pass through the middle of the Lomas,” said one neighbor, Verónica Belaunzarán.
The first stage of the redistribution of the routes was implemented as of March 25.
Since then, the passage of airplanes stopped affecting Lomas and began to be felt in other colonies, including Cuajimalpa and Huixquilucan.