US $5 million will be invested in the airport of Ciudad Juarez - Mexico
The director of the Centro Norte Airport Group (OMA), Ricardo Enrique Dueñas, announced that at the beginning of 2020, the renovation of the Mexico´s Ciudad Juarez Airport will start with an investment of more than US $ 5 million, which will consist of an extension of 30 % of the space it currently occupies.
Dueñas commented that for this project two stages are contemplated in order to conclude with a final investment of US $ 15 million; this project will last approximately 20 consecutive months
Likewise, the manager mentioned that they’re planning an extension of the airport’s waiting room, baggage claim area and the facilities’ facade.
United wants Mexico City Slot vacated by JetBlue
United Airlines has applied for a slot pair of flights to Mexico City that will be vacated by JetBlue in January of 2020.
The news was first reported by the blog ThePointsGuy, which learned that United has filed its application with the Department of Transportation.
United wants to fill the slot with a third daily flight between San Francisco and Mexico City. JetBlue was given four Mexico City slot pairs in 2017 in the wake of the DOT decision that forced Delta and Aeromexico to give up 24 slot pairs after they announced a joint partnership.
Initially, as ThePointsGuy noted, when the DOT allocated those slots it gave preference to airlines that did not already fly between Mexico City and the United States, or to smaller airlines to help increase competition. That’s why United and American were excluded.
Now it remains to be seen whether United’s application will be approved. JetBlue, Southwest and Alaska airlines were all given slot pairs two years ago; now all three have pulled out of Mexico City.
Thailand CTI Logistics to embrace robotic automation tech
Thailand CTI Logistics (Commercial Transport International Co., Ltd.) has joined hand with Fuji Xerox to bring the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology to enhance CTI’s operations.
The RPA is suitable for repetitive tasks that need accuracy and speed, such as data entry which is presently operated mostly by humans, who are prone to errors.CTI Logistics chief operating officer Pasu Unhana said the use of new technologies in organisations was no longer an option.The logistics industry is an important cornerstone of national economic development, he added.
The Mexican state of Jalisco, approves electric scooter pilot project
Electric scooter rentals are coming to the Guadalajara suburb of Zapopan after the municipality approved a pilot project to begin testing their use on December 2.
Scooter companies Bird, Frog, Grin and Movo will each place 250 scooters on Zapopan streets.
They will charge US $0.50-0.75 to unlock the scooters with an app and US $0.10-0.15 per minute to use them.
The operators will be required to carry insurance and police users to ensure they follow traffic regulations.
The companies are not allowed to place advertising beyond their own branding on the scooters, and any company that places more than 250 scooters on the streets will be pulled from the project.
For their part, users of the scooters will have to comply with city regulations. They will have to ride in bike lanes or the right lane of traffic, and are not allowed to ride on sidewalks.
They must respect all traffic signals, rights of way and ride with, not against, traffic. They will also be obliged to park them in special scooter parking zones or vehicle spaces, and not obstruct sidewalk traffic.
Guadalajara is also expected to join the initiative to provide the alternative form of transportation.
FONATUR seeks 1,000 hectares for Maya Train in Bacalar - Mexico
The National Tourism Promotion Fund (Fonatur) is seeking 1,000 hectares of community land in Bacalar, Quintana Roo, for a real estate project that will complement the Maya Train. But landowners are holding out for more information.
The tourism fund, which is in charge of the rail project that will link locations in five southeastern states, also wants another six hectares of Bacalar ejido land for the construction of a Maya Train station in the southern Quintana Roo town.
Ejido commissioner Luis Chimal Balam said that negotiations between Fonatur chief Rogelio Jiménez Pons and communal landowners have gone nowhere since the last meeting more than a month ago.
He also said there is no formal agreement with Fonatur for the land where construction of the station is proposed although the landowners are willing to provide the six hectares.
Jiménez confirmed in an interview with the newspaper El Economista that Fonatur wants the large piece of land for a real estate project but stressed that the government would not expropriate the land.
He said the communal landowners will have the opportunity to partner with Fonatur and rent the land to the real estate investors. Fonatur will provide its expertise in attracting investment for the project, Jiménez said.
The tourism fund chief said in May that the Maya Train project will trigger real estate investment of at least US $7.9 billion.
Real estate prices have already begun to soar in southern Quintana Roo as investors seek to secure land near the proposed route of the railroad.
The almost 1,500-kilometer-long railroad, which is scheduled to begin operations in 2023, will run through five states: Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatán, Quintana Roo and Campeche.