GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, S.A.B. de C.V. (GAP) announced preliminary terminal passenger traffic figures for the month of December 2008 compared to traffic figures for December 2007.
During December 2008, total terminal passengers decreased 16.8 percent compared to the previous year; international passenger traffic decreased 10.9 percent, while domestic passenger traffic decreased 19.9 percent compared to December 2007.
Compared to December 2007, domestic terminal passenger traffic in December 2008 registered a net decrease of 285.3 thousand passengers in all of the airports operated by GAP except Los Cabos. Most of the declines took place at the airports of Tijuana, with 133.4 thousand fewer passengers, Guadalajara, with 57.4 thousand fewer passengers, Guanajuato, with 18.7 thousand fewer passengers, Hermosillo, with 15.3 thousand fewer passengers, and Morelia, with 13.7 thousand fewer passengers.
The Los Cabos airport reported growth of 2.9 thousand domestic passengers as a result of an increase in traffic on the routes to and from Guadalajara and Mexico City.
In the case of the Tijuana airport, this decline was principally due to a reduction in traffic on the routes to Guadalajara, Toluca, Guanajuato, Culiacan, Mexico City, Morelia, Hermosillo, Los Mochis, Monterrey, Colima, and Tepic, among others. These declines were mainly due to the suspension of the operations of Aerocalifornia, Avolar, and Alma, as well as to the reduction of operations from Aviacsa and Mexicana on routes to and from the previously mentioned cities.
The decline at the Guadalajara airport was due to a decrease in traffic on the routes to and from Tijuana, Toluca, Ciudad Juarez, Puerto Vallarta, Veracruz, Los Mochis, Monterrey, Oaxaca, La Paz, Torreon, Queretaro, and Ciudad Obregon, among others. This was due to the exit of Aerocalifornia, Avolar, and Alma in addition to the reduction of frequencies from Aviacsa, Aeromexico, Mexicana, and Aeromexico Connect.
The decline at the Guanajuato airport was due mainly to the decrease in traffic on the routes to and from Tijuana, Monterrey, Mexico City, and Toluca. The declines on the routes to Mexico City and Monterrey were mainly due to the fact that, beginning on May 12, Aviacsa ceased operations out of the Guanajuato airport. Additionally, traffic to this airport was affected by the exit of Avolar and Alma.
The decline at the Hermosillo airport was primarily due to a decrease in traffic on the routes to and from Monterrey, Tijuana, Toluca, Guadalajara, Puebla, and La Paz, which was due to a reduction in operations of Aeromexico, VivaAerobus, Aviacsa, Aeromexico Connect, and Avolar.
International terminal passenger traffic decreased by 81.3 thousand passengers, or 10.9 percent compared to December 2007.
The airports that experienced an increase in international passenger traffic were Morelia with 2.5 thousand additional passengers and Mexicali with 0.1 thousand additional passengers.
In the case of the Morelia airport, the increase was due to higher traffic on the routes to and from Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Salt Lake City, operated by Mexicana.
On the other hand, the following airports experienced decreases in international passenger traffic: Guadalajara, with 38.5 thousand fewer international passengers, Puerto Vallarta, with 13.3 thousand fewer international passengers, Guanajuato, with 11.1 thousand fewer international passengers, Los Cabos, with 8.1 thousand fewer international passengers, and Aguascalientes, with 4.9 thousand fewer international passengers.
In the case of the Guadalajara airport, the decrease was primarily due to the decline in international traffic from passengers travelling to and from Los Angeles, Dallas, Oakland, Fresno, and Las Vegas.
The decrease at the Puerto Vallarta airport was due to the decline in international passenger traffic to and from Portland, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, and Albuquerque.
The decline at the Guanajuato airport was due to the decrease in passenger traffic to and from Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, and Houston.
In the case of Los Cabos, the decrease was due to a decline in passenger traffic on routes to and from Dallas, Portland, Denver, Atlanta, San Jose (California), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Diego.
The decrease at the Aguascalientes airport was due to a reduction in traffic to and from Los Angeles and Houston.
At the close of December 2008, the weekly schedule of flights operated by LCC’s increased by 58 weekly segments compared to November 2008, for a total of 735 frequencies.
In December 2008, approximately 575.3 thousand passengers were transported by the LCC’s, representing approximately 50.17 percent of the total number of domestic passengers for this month.