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A warmer welcome for visitors to Cancún

Improved runways, taxiways, and airfield lighting promise to make a trip to Cancún easier and more pleasant.


Cancún and the beaches along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula continue to draw millions of travelers annually.

To handle the growing demand in air travel, the Cancún International Airport has implemented a number of infrastructure projects, including adding a new terminal, runway, and control tower that together have doubled the capacity for air traffic movements at the airport.


Mott MacDonald provided planning, design, procurement, and nonresident construction services for all runway, taxiway, and airfield lighting components of the project.

Other components of the project include a taxiway bridge spanning the main six-lane airport access road, a partial parallel taxiway with a rapid-exit taxiway, a new air traffic control tower, a new airfield lighting system, site development for a CAT I instrument landing system (ILS), and the development of a satellite rescue and firefighting station.

Our work included the initial siting analysis, tree clearing and obstruction analysis, geometric layouts, pavement design, grading plans and earthworks analysis, drainage design, runway and taxiway edge lighting, CAT I high-intensity approach lighting, new field electrical center, site development for Glidepath and Localizer for ILS, procurement contract for airfield lighting equipment, construction specifications, and nonresident inspection services during construction.


The airport now benefits from a new parallel runway 9,186 feet (2,800 meters) long, including a new connecting taxiway from the existing runway.

The distance between the two runways (4,921 feet or 1,500 meters) allows simultaneous takeoffs and landings.

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