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Radical redevelopment of terminal space planned for Guadalajara gateway

Mexico's Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport has turned to UK company, The Design Solution (TDS), is help it revamp the commercial space in its terminal.

Airport operator, Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacífico (GAP), wants TDS to come up with some radical new designs that will transform the retail and F&B offerings at the gateway serving Mexico’s second-largest city.

Marking the design company’s first airport terminal design project in Mexico, TDS will address the challenges faced at Guadalajara International Airport by the airport’s rapid growth in traffic, which reached 12.8million in 2017.

The airport is undergoing a phased expansion and refurbishment programme reflecting the double-digit growth delivered since 2015, with further strong traffic growth forecast for the next few years.

In the most recent phase of the development the pressure on the gates was relieved through a pier expansion project, including a new bussing gate lounge, and GAP are now focusing on the main commercial area of the
TDS' managing director, Robbie Gill, admits that the task poses some significant challenges.

“The area between the international gates and the expanded pier is where passengers arrive at the Departures level from the two security areas before entering a complex pattern of flows through shops, bars, restaurants and airline lounges. This area of the terminal has been expanded over many years through numerous projects, resulting in a less than optimum layout with some areas being frantically busy and others relatively quiet," he explains.

"Our challenge, supported by Pragma Consulting, is to reconfigure the five different zones and consolidate them into a cohesive commercial area where the vast majority of shops bars and restaurants are visible to all departing passengers and optimise the commercial effectiveness of the space.” 

The Guadalajara project comes two months after GAP appointed TDS to carry out a commercial planning exercise for Los Cabos Airport, on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, with the design stages about to commence.

Raul Revuelta, CEO, GAP, says: “GAP is dedicated to being the leading provider of airport services and products in Mexico.  We are strongly committed to raising the quality of the passenger experience at Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport and, having been impressed by TDS’s approach at another of our airports (Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica), we are delighted to have their input into our development at Guadalajara International Airport.”

Having worked on design projects at over 130 airports worldwide, Robbie Gill welcomed the opportunity to expand his company’s presence in Mexico.

"Although we have designed the stunning Dufry Duty Free shop in Cancun, which opened earlier in the year, our contracts with GAP will actually be our first combined airport planning and design projects in Mexico," says Gill.

"We first met GAP when working on designs for Montego Bay Airport (owned and operated by GAP). They liked our work and it is always deeply gratifying to be appointed by a client on further projects.  

"Mexico as a whole is enjoying fantastic growth and its culture, history, geography and cuisine makes it a tremendous place both to visit and to work. My own fascination stems from driving in Mexico back in 1978, which resulted in me gaining my masters degree in Pre-Columbian Mexican Architecture; life sometimes really does turn full circle!"

GAP operates 12 airports across the Pacific region of Mexico and also manages Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, the largest international airport in Jamaica.

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