The NAIM under water. Photo: Twitter


Once again, controversy has arisen over the half-finished Texcoco airport, which was canceled by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) even before he took office in December 2018.

On Friday, Oct. 8, Mexican Secretary of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development Román Meyer shared an aerial photograph on Twitter of the land where former President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration had begun to build the New International Mexico City Airport (NAIM), apparently with most of the area under flood waters.

The photo was accompanied by the text “When nature reclaims its place,” and seemed to justify the controversial decision by AMLO to cancel the $7 billion airport, which was more than 70 percent completed at the time.

Meyer’s tweet went on to say, “Do you remember when it was revealed that the Texcoco Airport was built on a lake? This is what it looks like after a heavy downpour in the Valley of Mexico.”

Notwithstanding, according to a preliminary evaluation carried out by the College of Civil Engineers of Mexico (CICM), the cost of completing the new Felipe Ángeles Airport in Santa Lucía, which AMLO has pushed to replace the NAIM, will be far more expensive than the airport which was being built in Texcoco.

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