Texcoco: something in the air

Restoring land and improving airport safety for the future travel hub of Mexico 

When flying into Mexico City, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of this sprawling metropolis. Once you’ve landed, maneuvering your way through the chaos of Benito Juarez International Airport is the next challenge. After a record growth spurt of more than 200% in the past 7 years, Mexico City today has over 21 million inhabitants. Tourism is booming and the main airport is bursting at the seams.

That is why the government is building a new mega airport 30km outside of the city, in a former lake basin in the small town of Texcoco. However, the extremely dry and saline soil in the basin lies bare, with the risk of soil blowing across the landing tarmac, obscuring the sight of pilots. Flash floods are also a concern during the rainy season.



  • On a typical day, 100,000 passengers will travel through Benito Juarez Airport
  • The city is so big and the traffic so bad that the elite have taken to using helicopters to get from one place to another
  • Tourism in Mexico continues to grow. 25.8 million tourists visited the country in 2015