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Passenger Traffic Increases at OMA, GAP and ASUR Airports

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Antonio Gozain By Antonio Gozain | Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst - Wed, 03/08/2023 - 14:31

Passenger traffic in three of the main Mexican airport groups’ terminals increased in February, as the country continues to recover from the impact of the pandemic on the travel industry.

Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte (OMA) reported an increase of 33.7% in passengers during February 2023 compared with the same month in 2022. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) reported an increase of 21.8% in total passenger traffic during the same period and Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) saw a 24.3% increase in February 2023 compared with February 2022.

OMA reported an increase of 31.3% in domestic passenger traffic and 50.9% in international traffic, with the Monterrey complex being the most important in terms of international traffic. The 13 airports that make up OMA transported 1.8 million passengers in February 2023, of which 99.3% were for commercial aviation. In contrast, Reynosa International Airport saw a 32.2% decrease in passenger traffic.

GAP’s 12 Mexican airports also performed well during February 2023. The airports of Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Los Cabos and Tijuana reported growth of 31.9%, 26.0%, 24.5% and 12.5%, respectively, compared to February 2022. Montego Bay and Kingston, the group's foreign airports, had sharp growth of 49.5% and 43%, respectively. In the first two months of 2023, the total number of passengers mobilized through GAP’s airports was 10.11 million, a 28.8% increase compared to the same period in 2022. From these figures, 5.4 million passengers were Mexicans, and 4.7 million were international.

Finally, ASUR transported 5.63 million passengers in February 2023, representing a 24.3% increase compared to February 2022. Cancun, Cozumel and Huatulco's airports had the most significant increases, with 27.7%, 40.4% and 34.6%, respectively. The group also reported an 18.6% increase in international passenger traffic, with Cancun's airport growing by 24.6%. The 10 airports that make up ASUR had a combined growth of 30.3% in the first two months of 2023, compared to the same period in 2022.

Despite the positive results for the three airport groups, the Monex Financial Group remained cautious, highlighting the need to pay close attention to the possible recovery of the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Category 1 air safety rating, the possible modifications to the Civil Aviation Law and the new waves of COVID-19 infections worldwide, as well as the possibility of an economic recession.

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