The head of the Guanajuato’s Secretariat of Tourism, Fernando Olivera Rocha, announced the construction of a new airport in San Miguel de Allende, which would have the capacity to receive aircraft from the southern United States.
The Guanajuato officials expect that the new International Airport will start operating in December this year.
“We are seeking to replace the current runway of San Miguel’s airport with a wider hydraulic concrete with an investment of $60 million pesos ($3 million USD) at a first step. Then, we will look to add hangars, a terminal building, the gasoline supply area with other significant investment between $250 and $300 million pesos,” said Olivera during the travel trade show in Acapulco.
He also commented that the municipality will issue the tender next week for the granting of the concession for up to 30 years, and without giving names, added that the investors are from Mexico City and 100% national capital.
So far the future capacity is unknown, but the runway may receive around 11 flights per hour.
El Universal Newspaper reported last Monday, the Secretary of Tourism (Sectur), Enrique de la Madrid, reiterated that no more towns will be incorporated into the Magic Villages program for this year. They are planning to end up with a figure of 120 Magic Towns, since there were 111, though.
Secretary Enrique de la Madrid made a wise decision not to increase the number of Magic Towns this year, said the head of the Baja California’s Secretariat of Tourism, Óscar Escobedo Carignan.
Escobedo pointed out that there is a possibility to propose the “Valle de Guadalupe” to receive such distinction, although it is not urgent. Currently, Baja California has only one tourist destination with the recognition of “Pueblo Magico”, this is Tecate.
“I think that becoming Valle de Guadalupe as a Magical Town would give added value to the country, as well as complementing the wine route along this state,” he said.
Besides, he also commented that Baja California continue growing significantly, because they have a potential through the sun and beach tourism sector in the Sea of Cortez. Nevertheless the state government has asked the Federation to provide light service in part of that area, so far they have not received any response for almost two years.
The official finally highlighted the state’s land and air connectivity and anticipated that the flow of passengers at the Tijuana airport will increase from 6 to 8 million people in the next two years.