British architect and Slim’s son-in-law to build Mexico City’s new airport
British architect Norman Foster and Mexican Fernando Romero, son-in-law of magnate Carlos Slim, will build Mexico City’s future airport, the government said on Wednesday.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday unveiled the project, which will have a budget of $ 9,000 million to build an airport, on land adjacent to the current one, with an operational capacity four times greater.
Benito Juárez International Airport is operating at its capacity limit, which is 32 million passengers per year. The new six-lane terminal is expected to allow transit of 120 million, which quadruples capacity.
Foster was commissioned to renovate the German Reichstag building (seat of Parliament) and the airports in Hong Kong and Beijing.
Juan Carlos Pérez Salazar, BBC Mexico correspondent, said local media pointed out that the son-in-law of one of the world’s richest men is the Mexican partner in the project.