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Institute of Transparency demands information on Playa del Carmen airport plans

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The National Institute of Transparency has officially requested information related to the plans of the Playa del Carmen airport.

The small airport, which was supposed to be relocated to a larger space outside the city, remains the same since the announcement of its relocation in 2014 under the Borge administration.

The body of the Instituto Nacional de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos Personales (INAI) has made an official request for the documentation of the airport, including its plans and research as a project.

The request was made to la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT).

Francisco Javier Acuña Llamas, president of INAI, said that the SCT must deliver descriptive plans, the location of the land, the suitability study as well as topographic research by the National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics.

Acuña Llamas noted that a private person was given the concession for the operation of the Playa del Carmen airport and requested their name as well as the permit for its operation.

The SCT reported that the permit holder for the Playa del Carmen airport is the company VIP Servicios Aereos Ejecutivos, SA de CV with an operation permit that runs from January 2014 to January 2039.

Acuña Llamas noted that the reply from the SCT did not provide complete information as requested, excluding the plans, so an appeal for review was filed. Since then, the SCT has provided a digital copy of those plans regarding the current site of the airport, however INAI has not released any additional information.

It was in 2014 when then-governor Roberto Borge announced a new airstrip would be built to replace the current spaced being used on 15 Ave. and First Ave. South, however, two years later, the new airport remained incomplete.

The new Playa del Carmen airport was set for construction on land near Puerto Aventuras for a total cost of 220 million peso. Only 70 million peso was reported invested and the project abandoned to the next administration.