The Mexican states of Querétaro and Guanajuato working on interurban train project for Bajío Region
The governments of the Mexican states of Guanajuato and Querétaro are working on a proposal to build and interurban train to connect five states in the Bajío region.
Roberto Vallejo, Director of Transportation at the Guanajuato Secretariat of Infrastructure, told the local newspaper El Economista that once completed, the proposal will be presented to the authorities of other states in the Bajío and the federal government with the aim of securing support and funding.
The rail project would provide connection between the states of: Querétaro, Guanajuato, Jalisco, San Luis Potosí and Aguascalientes.
Mayan Train will move only 0.6% of the current national cargo
The “Mayan Train” is expected to mobilize all fuel in Southeast Mexico by the beginning of 2023, a market with a value of up to US $660 million per year.
The financial viability of the “Mayan Train”, probably the most important infrastructure project of the current Mexico´s administration, is focused on passenger and freight transportation in southeastern Mexico, but it will only move 0.6% of the cargo that is transported nationwide each year.
Official figures show that 82% of the total cargo transported by Mexico is concentrated in two companies: Ferromex and Kansas City Southern of Mexico, which are basically the Pacific Railway lines.
Fewer international travelers arrived to Mexico via foreign airlines in the 1st half of 2019
A 2.5% decline in the number of passengers flying into Mexico on foreign airlines in the 1st half of the year was the major contributing factor behind the commercial aviation industry recording its weakest growth for Mexico since 2011.
Data from the Mexico´s Civil Aviation Agency (DGAC for its acronym in Spanish) shows that 16.6 million passengers flew into Mexico on foreign airlines between January and June compared to 17 million in the same period last year.
Between January and June, a total of 50.1 million passengers flew into Mexican airports either from abroad or locations within the country, a +4.8% increase compared to the first half of 2018.
The growth in overall passenger numbers is the weakest since the first six months of 2011 when the number of people flying to Mexican destinations declined by 0.1%.
DHL to invest US $300 in Mexico
The courier and logistics DHL Express confirmed the investment of US $300 million in Mexico between 2019 and 2024, which will help to boot more than 3,500 jobs in the country.
Mexico´s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador received at the national palace Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express of America; Antonio Arranz, CEO of DHL Express Mexico and Manuel Montes, Senior Legal and Government affairs Director of the company.
The executives stated that during 2019 investments in infrastructure, retail, security, technology, offices and equipment for clients amount to US $46 million. As well, that the firm invested US $6 million in the southeast part of the country, with the aim of increasing the capacity of various package exchange centers located in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Puebla.
On the other hand, this year DHL allocated US $19 million in the expansion of a hub located within the industrial zone of “Tres Ríos” in order to meet the demand of E-commerce.
Mexico´s air cargo goes upward
The January-May 2019 period meant growth for the cargo volumes that are handled in the main airports of the country compared to what was reported in the same period of 2018, according to monthly figures from the Mexico´s Ministry of Communications and Transportation.
The site that reported the greatest increase was the Querétaro Intercontinental Airport, adding 22,700,000 tons, which resulted in a +132% difference from the 9,800,000 tons of the previous year.
Tijuana followed with an increase of +114%, contrasting 12,400,000 tons accumulated in the first five months of the current year, compared to 5,800,000 tons in the same period of the previous year.
Hermosillo, on the other hand, reported an increase of +91% comparing 4,200,000 tons with 2,200,000 tons accumulated during the same period of the previous year.
The airport of Mérida added 9,200,000 tons, a difference of +88% in proportion to the 4,900,000 tons accumulated on 2018, according to official figures.
Monterrey, meanwhile, reported a growth of +76% comparing the 22,400,000 tons of the current year with the 12,700,000 tons of the previous year.