MEXICO CITY – Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that he will use the proceeds from the sale or lease of the presidential plane to fund social development programs.
Lopez Obrador, who will be sworn in on Dec. 1, told a press conference that he received an offer on Friday from a US-based company to lease “every plane and helicopter” of the Mexican government.
“As I said during the campaign, we will fulfill our commitment to sell or lease – whatever is more convenient – the planes and helicopters that are used by top government officials,” Lopez Obrador said at his former campaign headquarters.
He explained that his administration will “define with clarity how the proceeds will be used,” adding that “these funds will be earmarked for social development.”
Lopez Obrador has repeatedly said that he will not live in the official residence of the president of Mexico nor use the presidential plane – a Boeing 787 that was purchased in 2015 during the administration of incumbent Enrique Peña Nieto.
Up to now, the president-elect has travelled on commercial airlines, to the surprise of other passengers.
Lopez Obrador said he is currently working on the budget for 2019, claiming that it will be ready once he is sworn in.
The president-elect also said he was planning the bidding process for the construction of the Maya Train, a railway line that will connect several tourist spots in the Yucatan peninsula, as well as for the Isthmus of Tehuantepec railway line, which will connect the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.