Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Surface Access to Airports

The Case of Mexico City's New International Airport
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The success of Mexico City’s New International Airport will depend not least on the quality of access to the airport on the ground. This report reviews policies and planning controls for surface access at a selection of comparable airports in cities of OECD countries. It offers input for the Mexican Federal Government’s plans for infrastructure investments that will serve passengers, the airport workforce and the public by ensuring convenient, reliable airport journeys; supporting business travel for a productive Mexican economy; and by maintaining within acceptable bounds the airport’s impact on road congestion and related air pollution.

This report was prepared in collaboration with the OECD’s Directorate for Public Governance.

Policy Insights

  • Integrate the new airport into strategic plans for sustainable urban transport.
  • Prioritise access by public transport in the layout of the airport terminal.
  • Establish priorities for investment in public transport links to the airport. 
  • Preserve alignments for infrastructure than can only be funded later on.
  • Plan now for links that will serve both developments on the old airport site and the new airport.
  • Integrate new public transport links with existing networks seamlessly.
  • Create the framework for investment in fast, seamless, reliable rail or metro links.
  • Explore a range of potential funding options for premium rail or metro services.
  • Maintain today’s world-class long distance coach services.
  • Fund public transport investments with the potential to relieve road congestion and air pollution.

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