A Mexican firm will develop a multi-million dollar plan to create an air logistics center at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport “focused on sending high-value products and speeding up the movement of air cargo between Mexico, Latin America and the United States.”
The Board of Directors of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority approved a partnership with Mesa SkyBridge, owned by Mexican businessman Ariel Picke and registered in Maricopa County as a limited liability company, according to an official statement.
The Mexican capital company has committed to invest between 20 and 25 million dollars in infrastructure to develop customs, offices, hotels and restaurants in a space of 140 hectares (15 million square feet) to be known as the SkyBridge Arizona Aerospace Park .
The project includes the construction of facilities to facilitate the processing of air cargo destined for Mexico, housing on-site customs inspectors from Mexico and the United States under the Unified Cargo Processing Program.
A similar customs facility was installed last year at the border port of Nogales, Arizona, as a pilot program. With this new airport investment, Mesa would be the first city with foreign operations in the interior.
When fully built, the SkyBridge Arizona park could cover up to 45,000 square meters (484,000 square feet) of offices, warehouses, logistics, cargo, lodging and commercial space.
“It has the potential to be the most important source of trade with Mexico,” said John Giles, mayor of Mesa, who is also chairman of the board of directors of the airport authority.
Giles added that the premise of the project is to build an electronic commerce distribution center at the airport and take advantage of the opportunities of Mexico’s growing industry.
“This project and SkyBridge’s investment will create the kind of long-term economic sustainability that Gateway Airport is expected to have for almost 25 years,” Giles said.
He mentioned that this development will make the city of Mesa a destination for online retailers seeking to send products to Mexico.
“It will not be an exaggeration to say that Mesa will be the center of electronic commerce between the United States and Mexico,” Giles said.
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