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In Mexico City Mud, Pena Nieto’s $13 Billion Airport Project Bogs Down

  • A series of mishaps at new airport may weigh on 2018 election
  • Replacing overcrowded hub has been key promise for president

Outside Mexico City, on a muddy stretch of land about the size of Manhattan, plans to build a shiny, new airport at a breakneck pace are at risk of unraveling.

A rail line designed to ferry materials is late. So is one of the runways. A key contractor filed for bankruptcy, the project coordinator sued the airport operators and a bridge linking up to a highway collapsed in last week’s earthquake.