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GAP: Passenger Traffic Increases in Mexican Airports

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August 12, 2016

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico reports that Puerto Vallarta's international airport has reached its 38th month of continuous growth. In July 2016 passenger traffic was up 30 percent compared to July 2015.

Guadalajara, Mexico - Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V., (GAP) has announced preliminary terminal passenger traffic figures for the month of July 2016, compared to traffic figures for July 2015.

During July 2016, total terminal passengers increased 16.1% in the Company's 13 airports, (12 in Mexico, 1 in Jamaica), compared to the same period of the previous year. Domestic passenger traffic presented a 21.4% increase, while international passenger traffic increased 8.5%.

The following items are July highlights from traffic results:

Seats and Load Factor: In July 2016, GAP registered a 10.9% increase in the number of seats available compared to July 2015. Load factor for the month rose by 3.9 percentage points, from 83.6% in July 2015 to 87.5% in July 2016.

New Routes: Guanajuato to Torreon, Guanajuato to Manzanillo, Hermosillo to Chihuahua, Hermosillo to Puerto Peñasco and Tijuana to Puerto Peñasco by TAR; Guadalajara to Merida by Aeromexico; Guadalajara to Culiacan and Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta by VivaAerobus; Guadalajara to Seattle and Guadalajara to San Francisco by Volaris.

Guadalajara: In July, total traffic benefited as a result of the opening of 5 new routes; specifically a new Seattle route, for which there was previously no direct flight. On a percentage basis, VivaAerobus and Aeromexico contributed the highest level to passenger volume growth, with an increase in available seats of 53% and 22%, respectively.

Puerto Vallarta: This airport reached its 38th month of continuous growth. Domestic traffic grew 21.8% as a result of 14 thousand additional new seats by VivaAerobus. On the other hand, the international market benefited from over 9 thousand additional available seats from Alaska Airlines, a 30% increase compared to July 2015.

Los Cabos: The opening of the summer vacation season contributed to a 24.4% growth in domestic passenger traffic. All domestic airlines increased traffic compared to July 2015, particularly Aeromexico and VivaAerobus, which reported increases of 40 percent and 35 percent in available seats, respectively.

Tijuana: Despite the 13.1% increase in available seats during July, passenger traffic rose 23.2%. This was a result of the load factor's favorable performance, which increased 6.8 percentage points from 82.6% in July 2015 to 89.4% in July 2016. The opening of the Cross Border-Xpress, in addition to the passengers traveling to south California and Tijuana, and a more attractive exchange rate, were the factors that mainly contributed to the increased traffic.

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.

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