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Traffic on the rise at GAP's Mexican gateways

Mexican airport operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) is reporting a 17.3% rise in passenger traffic across its 13 gateways this June.

It says that domestic passenger numbers soared by 22.8% and international traffic by a healthy 9.6% as close to three million passengers used its airports during the month.

Guadalajara (960,000), Tijuana (528,000), Los Cabos (360,000), (Puerto Vallarta (282,000) and Guanajuato cemented their status as GAP’s busiest Mexican gateways in June while Montego Bay in Jamaica handled around 320,000 passengers.

The figures ensure that traffic across its airport network increased by 14.8% in the second quarter of 2016 to 17.7 million with domestic throughput (+20%) once again leading the way ahead of international (+8%) passenger numbers.

GAP reveals that the current rate of growth indicates that it traffic across its airport system could rise by as much as 13% in 2016.

Its estimate is based on available seats by airline and predicted load factors for the remainder of the year.

Average load factors incidentally increased nearly 4% in June to 85.3% compared to the corresponding period a year ago.

June highlights, says GAP, include the launch of new routes between Guadalajara and Cancun (Aeromexico); Mexicali and Culiacan (Volaris) and Montego Bay to Dublin (Thomson).

It notes that Guadalajara enjoyed its 37th consecutive monthly rise in passenger traffic in June and that International passenger traffic at Puerto Vallarta rose 13.7% as a result of an increase in available seats by Alaska, Air Transat and Southwest.

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