CANCÚN — If the projects planned for terminal four (T4) at the Cancun International Airport (AIC) are approved, new innovations will be introduced and 400 new jobs will be generated just at the new Cancún terminal, which is expected to be inaugurated before the end of the year, according to Rafael Aguirre Gómez, president of MERA Group.
Although he was anxious to make public what these innovations were about, he said that they have to be authorized first by the Southeast Airport Group (ASUR), as it would be disrespectful, Aguirre argued. “We already have approved concepts and we have others that we want to enhance; they will draw a lot of attention, it will be a surprise”, he mentioned.
According to Aguirre, MERA Airports is based on an innovative approach to food and beverage services —with international standards— inside the international airports of Cancún, Mérida, Cozumel, Toluca and Guadalajara.
Regarding the hiring process, he announced that they are already in the employment mode. Even if it is planned to generate 400 new jobs, the number could be lower since he said that terminal one (T1) will be closed. Thus, the employees assigned to this zone will be relocated in T4.
Aguirre Gómez did not focus on the issue of closing T1, as he said that it is up to ASUR. He indicated that by doing so, seven restaurants would be closed. However, another 20 new ones would be opened in terminal four.
It was remarked that the closure of terminal one will depend on the growth of terminal four, so there is no scheduled date for that yet.
Additionally, the president of Grupo MERA recalled that they had won a tender in Bogotá’s airport, “El Dorado”, which has a similar size to Cancun’s. Moreover, he mentioned their association with the person who has been operating for 10 years the airport of Hollywood, in Burbank, California, where some concepts will be implemented.
The investment in these three airports is over $35 million USD with a double-digit profit.
In the 20 years of experience Grupo Mero has, they are present in 50 consumer centers where they operate under the Full Service concept, which includes fast food, coffee and snacks at national and international airports in Mexico.
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