In the northeast of Mexico City rises the new international airport of Mexico. The spectacularly designed airport has an iconic X-shape. To construct the remarkable roof, various ProCutters from HGG are used. Construction is proceeding quickly; the first constructions are as we speak rising above ground level.

The current airport of Mexico City, Benito Juárez International Airport, is since 2016 the busiest airport in Latin America. It’s transporting over 40 million passengers a year. The demand will only increase in the near future, while the hub is already running against its capacity limits. Therefore Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto announced in the State of the Union address of September 2, 2014, a solution for this problem: Mexico City’s New International Airport. NAICM is the largest public and most prestigious infrastructure work in Mexico.

One of four stages

The construction of NAICM is in process since 2016 and is managed by Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México (GACM). The first stage of building opens by the end of 2020. Phase 1 consist of one main terminal of 743,000 m2 with the X-shaped roof and three independent runways. It can handle 68 million passengers annually.

In its fourth and final Phase, around 2065, NAICM can consist of six runways and three additional terminals, with eventually capacity for 125 million passengers. By that time, it’s one of the largest airports in the world.

Cut the impossible with HGG’s ProCutter

For the construction of the main terminal our partner Carso chose the power of Tekla software and the speed and precision of our ProCutter. The CNC pipe cutting machine incorporates all of HGG’s advanced technology and expertise. Pipes can be processed with a wide range of part lengths and profiling shapes, so that makes the ProCutter the ideal machine for Carso to cut the impossible.

The impossible will be made possible by HGG and Tekla. ‘Without HGG and Tekla it would have been impossible to design and fabricate the complex structures,’ states Mr. Gerardo Olivares. Olivares is Head of Production within the Carso group, the main contractor of the project.

Here’s a short video about the first phase of New Mexico City International Airport.