Passenger Traffic Up 10.9% in Mexican Airports

Many of the stranded Mexicans now lack the cash to afford airport prices (Photo: El Pais)

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, S.A.B. de C.V. (“GAP”) has announced preliminary terminal passenger traffic figures for the month of February 2017, compared to traffic figures for February 2016.

During February 2017, total terminal passengers increased 10.9% in the Company’s 13 airports, compared to the same period of the previous year. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 14.9%, while international passenger traffic increased by 6.3%.

It is important to highlight that February 2017 figures are not exactly comparable to February 2016 figures, nor are the accumulated traffic figures for 2017 versus 2016 exactly comparable. This is because 2016 was a leap year and therefore included an extra day of operations.

Tower at Merida International Airport. (PHOTO:
Tower at Merida International Airport. (PHOTO:

Events for the Period:

Seats and Load Factors:
In February 2017, GAP registered an 11.6% increase in the number of seats available compared to February 2016. Load factors for the month decreased by 0.5 percentage points, from 77.2% in February 2016 to 76.7% in February 2017.

New Routes:
Guadalajara to Miami: Volaris
Puerto Vallarta to Oakland: Southwest
Los Cabos to Oakland: Southwest
Guadalajara to Miami: Volaris

Cross Border Xpress:

The cross-border bridge registered 114,805 users in February 2017, which represented a 24.1% market penetration of Tijuana airport’s total passengers.

About Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V.Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V. (GAP) operates 12 airports throughout Mexico’s Pacific region, including the major cities of Guadalajara and Tijuana, the four tourist destinations of Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, La Paz and Manzanillo, and six other mid-sized cities: Hermosillo, Guanajuato, Morelia, Aguascalientes, Mexicali and Los Mochis. In April 2015 GAP acquired 100% of Desarrollo de Concesiones Aeroportuarias, S.L., which owns a majority stake of MJ Airports Limited, a company operating the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica.