President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) promise of a renovated airport at the Santa Lucia military base seems to be turning into a reality. The government is looking to allocate budget for the necessary viability studies, which could end by the end of the year.

In international news, Brexit’s true colors are starting to show. Airbus is not happy about the UK’s proposal to move forward without an agreement with the EU and the company is ready to do whatever is best for its future operations.

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The process of renewing the Santa Lucia military base and turning it into an international airport is officially a-go. SEDENA has already requested a budget of MX$885 million (US$46.7 million) for viability studies that will start this month and end in December 2019.

Among the necessary studies, the government will tender and directly adjudicate those focused on aeronavigation and viability of simultaneous operations between Santa Lucia and the Mexico City and Toluca international airports. A preliminary study from NavBlue already testified the viability of operating all three airports but the company said a deeper study had to be performed.

According to Luis Lizcano, Director General of FEMIA, the lion’s share of the aerospace industry will be in Asia between 2026 and 2028. Currently North America is the most important market for this industry but competition is rising and “if we snooze, we lose,” he said.

The space sector will be crucial in AMLO’s fourth transformation. According to Javier Jiménez Espriú, Minister of Communications and Transport, and Javier Mendieta, Director General of the Mexican Space Agency, the government sees space as part of the social well-being and as a key element in connecting people and developing infrastructure and communications.

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Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, delivered a grave announcement regarding the future of Airbus. If the UK moves forward with Brexit without striking a deal with the EU, the company will consider redirecting investment outside the UK. “Please don’t listen to the Brexiters madness which exerts that because we have huge plants here, we will not move and we will always be here. They are wrong,” he said. “Make no mistake. There are plenty of countries out there (that) would love to build the wings for Airbus’ aircraft.”

Boeing’s autonomous flying taxi completes its first test flight. The PAV will be a passenger vehicle but the company is also developing a cargo version capable of handling up to 226kg.

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