A new international airport has become a necessity. Built in 1968 La Aurora is simply obsolete and overcrowded. It has not been remodeled since it opened. The local press has recently highlighted a long list of deficiencies ranging from the shortness of its runway flanked on one side with buildings and a ravine on the other to filthy and oftentimes inoperable restroom facilities. La Aurora is rated as a category 2 airport under international civil aviation safety classifications. The new airport is not expected to be completed until 2010 at the earliest if opposition from groups wanting to keep the airport in Guatemala City doesn't sabotage the government's plans. In the meantime management of La Aurora has been handed over to a joint public/private sector group in the hopes of completing extensive renovations and expansion in the near future.