The Mar de Cortés International Airport is the first completely privately built airport in Mexico. It was built by Vedanta Capital Group. It is located in La Jolla de Cortés, near Puerto Peñasco in the state of Sonora. The airport’s concrete runway is the fourth runway in Mexico built entirely with concrete provided by Cemex. In addition the airport was awarded a Premio Obras Cemex in 2007.
The runway was inaugurated in September 2007 when President Felipe Calderón's presidential plane landed on the runway for the Border Governors' meeting. The runway is built to endure the repeated landings of 737 planes and is 200 meters longer that the runway of the International Airport in Hermosillo. The main terminals of the airport are still under constructions with opening dates between 2010 and 2012. Once finished, this airport will be one of the most important in Mexico. The airport is located 30 minutes from the town of Puerto Peñasco and 5 minutes from some of the bigger hotel and condominium developments by the Sea of Cortés.
Once opened, the airport will be receiving flights from all over the world. Some of the shorter flights will be coming from the U.S. states of Arizona, Nevada, and California, as well as other important cities in Mexico.