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GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 12.9% in Mexican Airports

May 4, 2018

GAP's domestic terminal traffic expanded 16.7%, to 5.9 million passengers. The improvement was shouldered by the company's four largest airports, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos.

Guadalajara, Mexico - Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B. de C.V. (GAP), the operator of 12 Mexican airports and Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, issued first-quarter 2018 traffic results on April 26, 2018. Terminal passenger traffic rose 12.9% against the prior-year quarter, to 11.3 million passengers.

Within the total above, GAP's domestic terminal traffic expanded 16.7%, to 5.9 million passengers. The improvement was shouldered by the company's four largest airports, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos, which booked traffic gains of 19.2%, 9.1%, 18.8%, and 18.3%, respectively.

International terminal traffic grew at a more modest pace of 8.8%, as three of the biggest four airports marked high single-digit gains in passenger volume. Tijuana's international tally jumped 22.5 percent, however, as GAP now classifies travelers utilizing the Cross Border Xpress (CBX), the pedestrian sky bridge connecting San Diego with Tijuana, as international passengers.

Montego Bay, GAP's sole non-Mexican airport, enjoyed a credible boost in terminal traffic of just under 7%, to 1.2 million passengers.

Its aggressive expansion of routes at its airports continued, with six new domestic routes and eight international routes added over the last three months. Notably, Hainan Airlines introduced the first-ever direct service between Beijing and Mexico, which also counts as the first nonstop flight between China and Latin America on a Chinese airline. The Tijuana-to-Beijing route beneficially adds a new China flight option for U.S. travelers who cross over from San Diego via CBX.

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.

Source: The Motley Fool