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GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 7.8% in Mexican Airports

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October 13, 2017

Excluding circumstances beyond the Company's control, the increase in total traffic for September 2017 would have been of approximately 30,000 passengers, equivalent to a 1.2 percentage point increase.

Guadalajara, Mexico - Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, S.A.B. de C.V., ("the Company" or "GAP") announced preliminary terminal passenger traffic figures for the month of September 2017, compared to traffic figures for September 2016.

During September 2017, total terminal passengers increased 7.8% in the Company’s 13 airports, compared to the same period of the previous year. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 8.9%, while international passenger traffic increased by 5.8%.

Events for the Period:

Seats and Load Factors: In September 2017, GAP registered an 8.0% increase in the number of seats available compared to September 2016. Load factors for the month decreased by 0.1 percentage points, from 76.5% in September 2016 to 76.4% in September 2017.


New Routes:
Mexicali to Hermosillo: TAR
Guadalajara to Tampico: TAR

Tropical Storm Lidia: As a result of Tropical Storm Lidia passing through the Pacific region of Mexico, the Los Cabos, La Paz and Los Mochis airports reported operating impacts from August 30 to September 2. As a result, 15,980 seats that were previously scheduled for September (12,600 for Los Cabos, 2,400 for La Paz and 980 for Los Mochis) did not operate. The 3 airports suffered minimal infrastructure damages, and are currently operating at 100%.

Hurricane Harvey: Hurricane Harvey struck the state of Texas at the end of August 2017, causing airport closures in Houston (Intercontinental and Hobby). To date, this closure has affected 14,500 previously-programmed seats, which were canceled as a result of the weather phenomenon (7 of the Company's airports, which currently operate flights to Houston on a regular basis, were affected).

Hurricane Irma: As a precaution against the arrival of Hurricane Irma to Florida (between September 8 - 12), airports in the state of Florida suspended air operations. Specifically, all flights to and from Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Orlando were canceled on September 8, 9, and 10. As a result of these cancellations, 5,080 seats (1,070 in Guadalajara and 4,010 in Montego Bay) that had been previously scheduled within our network, did not operate.

Air Traffic Control Systems in Jamaica: On the evening of September 8, the Kingston Air Traffic Control Center was struck by lightning, resulting in total data and communications systems failure. This caused all air operations to be suspended at Jamaica's airports; operations were reestablished, on a partial basis between 6 am and 7 pm of September 10. As a result, 2,660 seats did not operate at the Montego Bay Airport.

Excluding the above circumstances, the increase in total traffic for GAP would have been of approximately 30,000 passengers, equivalent to a 1.2 percentage point increase.

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.