Mexico's key objective is to expand and upgrade infrastructure and airport services, as well as developing regional airports and improving interconnection.
Airports Sector in Mexico
Mexico has the largest aircraft fleet in Latin America with 62 international and 10 domestic
airports throughout the country. The key objective is to expand and upgrade infrastructure and
airport services, as well as developing regional airports and improving interconnection.
Most Mexican airports are operated on a concession basis by three private groups: ASUR, GAP,
and OMA. As a result of President Felipe Calderon’s National Infrastructure Programme, an
unprecedented effort is being made towards improving the scope, quality and coverage of
infrastructure in the country, airports included. As part of this programme, a US$5 billion
investment has been devoted to projects in this particular sector.
In the four years since the Programme was first launched, numerous initiatives have been
completed, including Terminal 2 of Mexico City Airport and the new airport at Puerto Peñasco
(Sonora). Airports expansion projects have also been completed in Cancun and Monterrey.
There are several projects to upgrade or expand existing airports. Whilst some of the projects are
already under construction or are now operating, the following airports still provide opportunities
for UK companies to get involved:
ξ San Luis Potosi
Support is also needed in terms of:
ξ IT systems
ξ Project management
ξ Airport operational management systems
ξ Ground handling
ξ Financial consulting
As major upgrade and expansion projects are taking place, there is a continuous need for all
types of equipment, including:
ξ Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PID’s)
ξ Check-in desks
ξ Security scanners
ξ Other products
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Latest export opportunities - Mexico
Getting into the market
We encourage British companies to approach well in advance the local authorities that are in
charge of projects, since very frequently the time between a tender’s launch and the required
proposal submission date is extremely short. Approaching them beforehand is desirable to have
an insight of what they need and ask for. It is important to build relationships in the market, so
that key local players and decision makers will be aware of your expertise and keep you in mind
when forming bidding consortia. In many instances, UK companies choose to partner with local
counterparts, benefiting from their business know-how.
More about doing business in Mexico
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
ξ Miguel Angel Medina, British Embassy Mexico. +52 (55) 1670 3280 or email:
ξ Diana Leon, British Embassy Mexico. +52 (55)1670 3302 or email:
Contact your local international trade team
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
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More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters