New Airport in Guatemala City Questioned

One of the projects which aroused the most interest from foreign investors in the recent Investment Summit has drawn criticism over its design and planning.

Monday, June 10, 2013

The small amount of urban development and the broken terrain in the area of Zone 25 where the Municipality of Guatemala plans to build an international airport have raised questions in the real estate sector.

"We do not see it as suitable. There are more appropriate places, such as the South Coast, land where the topography does not have so many hills," said Carlos Valladares Cerezo, dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of San Carlos.

The preliminary studies estimated that construction of the new airport will cost between $500 and $750 million, to which must be added $129 million for a peripheral access road measuring 32 kilometers. "For this route there will be two options: a route on land through the capital city or one following the path of the metropolitan ring road in the department of Guatemala , a district which has not yet clarified its participation", reported

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