21/09/2009Cancun is Ready for Takeoff. Are You?

Cancun Airport’s second runway is ready and ASUR is inviting the general public to be the first to use it, with a 5-k and 10-k run

Cancun, Quintana Roo, September 22nd, 2009 - On October 10th, 2009, at 7:00 am, Cancun Airport will invite 2,000 runners to take advantage of a unique opportunity: to be the first to use its new runway in an once-in-a-lifetime race.
You can register online for this event at www.emociondeportiva.com. You can participate at a cost of $200 Mexican pesos per person (Approx. $15 USD), if you date. Following inscription, on October 10th, participants will have the chance to run a very special course: the Second Runway at Cancun Airport. Needless to say, the runway’s surface is in tip-top condition and is completely flat.
With an investment of $67 million dollars, the Second-Runway infrastructure project includes construction of the runway itself, an entirely new control tower and a taxiway bridge. The airport’s capacity will increase to such an extent that it will be able to serve some 28 million passengers per year.
The airport at Cancun will become the first in Mexico to have the capacity of handling simultaneous takeoffs and landings on both of its two runways. In addition, the control tower, which will be more than 315 feet tall (96 meters), will be among the 20 tallest in the world. This translates into improved efficiency in “slots,” i.e. the runway-use time assigned to aircrafts, which will be to the benefit of both passengers and the almost 150 domestic and international airlines that fly in and out of the airport.

Other points worth noting about Cancun Airport:
•It is the best airport in Latin America and is among the top five in the world (according to Airports Council International).
•In nine years, capacity at the airport has doubled.
•It is an important motor for regional development; in the last nine years, the airport has invested more than $361 million dollars.
•The airport originally had 170,600 square feet of terminal-building area; it now has 387,140 square feet.

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About Cancún:
Cancun, the gateway to Mexico and the Mayan world, offers luxurious hotel infrastructure with more than 28,000 rooms, and is Mexico’s most beautiful and stylish destination. Opportunities for new experiences are everywhere, as the setting brings you into contact with both nature and Mayan culture like nowhere else.
Top-level gastronomy and nightlife; warm beaches with soft, white sand; crystal-clear, turquoise seas; and a location opposite the Great Mesoamerican Reef System, in tandem with Mexico’s world-famous hospitality, make Cancun an entirely unique tourist destination.

Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.cancun.travel