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Grupo Carso consortium awarded $4.2 billion Mexico City Airport contract

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The Mexico City airport group, belonging to the Secretary of Communications and Transport of the Mexican Government, has awarded the contract for construction to the consortium led by Grupo Carso, which includes FCC.

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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 is worth 84.8 billion Mexican pesos ($4.2 billion, 3.925 billion euros) and will have a 44 month completion deadline.

The new airport will be the world's second most important under construction, and the main contract to build the new airfield will be one of the largest infrastructure works currently underway in Latin America.

The consortium working on this iconic project, led by Carso, is made up of Spanish companies FCC and Acciona and local Mexican construction companies ICA, GIA, Prodemex, Hermes Infrastructure group.

The contract award is for the construction of a building with an area of 743,000 square metres over four floors on a plot of land measuring 4, 430 hectares.

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.

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 around 160,000 jobs, and around 450,000 when in operation.

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