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Mexico Airport Group Said to Mull Cutting Contractor

A group of Mexican construction companies planning to compete for President Enrique Pena Nieto’s largest public works project is weighing whether to drop a builder tied to a scandal involving the First Lady’s house.

The consortium, including a company controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim and Empresas ICA SAB, may cut a unit of Grupo Higa, which built a home for Pena Nieto’s wife, said a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be named because the talks are private. Higa has brought negative attention to the alliance vying to build a new Mexico City airport that may cost as much as $12.1 billion, according to a second person who also asked not to be named.