San Miguel Will Soon Have an Airfield
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
One of Mauricio Trejo’s campaign proposals is about to be fulfilled. Trejo recently said an airfield could be in operation in sixty days if everything follows course.
As a candidate for mayor in 2012, Trejo granted an interview to Atención during which he stressed that San Miguel cannot grow its streets or services further; tourism needs to be focused on attracting bigger buying power to generate larger gross revenue than what is currently provided by tourists. The mayor remarked that San Miguel needed infrastructure, including the opening of the airfield.
“The airfield needs restoration to allow landing of private flights; that will allow us to improve tourism in the city.” Later the state governor, Miguel Márquez, commented that in the near future the airfield could handle air taxis, and Fernando Olivera, Secretary of Touristic Development, came up with the idea of domestic flights to main Mexican destinations.
Recently, Trejo told Atención that a company designated by the General Department of Aeronautics is conducting three studies at the airfield. The results of these studies—soil compacting, wear and tear, and adherence—will be handed over in the next thirty days.
Then the city council will create a local company, made up of members of the local administration and the private sector, which will be in charge of getting the permits from the General Department of Aeronautics to allow the landing of Pilatus, Caravan 206, and King Air 186 aircraft, and others, in the first phase of the airfield development. In the second phase, once the local company begins operation, construction of a hangar and a control tower will begin, and some electrical work with the high-voltage lines will be done to allow the landing of air taxis, “always respecting the regulations,” Mayor Trejo said.
The third phase of the airfield “will reach out as far as the imagination can take us,” remarked Trejo. The mayor said that he does not want sanmiguelenses to see or hear the airplanes. “There will be an unbroken entrance and exit into the airspace,” he said, emphasizing that the city’s image will not be damaged.
According to Trejo, for San Miguel, the upcoming opportunities are “huge.” In the meantime, he will try to attract specialized medical companies to invest in the municipality offering advantage of having a landing strip for their air ambulances.