Mexico's planned new Riviera Maya gateway is still very much on the agenda, although it won't be built by ASUR after the country's anti-trust commission ruled it out of the running on the grounds that it already operates nearby Cancún Airport.
According to the anti-trust commission CFC, allowing ASUR to operate the new $250 million, which will be located just over 130km from Cancún, would harm competitiveness in eastern Mexico.
“The Riviera Maya airport is an historic opportunity to have competition between two airports that are close together," says CFC president, Eduardo Pérez Motta.
"Allowing the participation of ASUR in the tender would have risked that opportunity and harmed consumers and tourism in the country's most important tourist area."
CFC has, however, given the green light for other groups to participate in the tender for the Riviera Maya airport concession.
They include a consortium comprising Grupo México and GAP and another group spearheaded by Corporacíon América, a key stakeholder in Argentinian airport operator, AA2000.
The Mexican government wants the new 3mppa capacity airport to be located on a 1,500 hectare site close to the popular Playa del Carmen holiday resort.