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New Acapulco International Airport terminal nearly complete

Acapulco, Guerrero — Officials from the resort city of Acapulco say the new terminal being added to the Acapulco International Airport is expected to be complete in May.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte continues with the expansion of infrastructure at the Acapulco International Airport. Gerardo Ruiz Esparza of the Communications and Transport Secretariat says that the new facility will have a total investment of more than 580 million peso according to the 2016-2020 Master Development Program of the airport manager.

“The new airport terminal is replacing the previous one, which was already totally overrun and had serious problems when Hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel (in 2013) happened here,” he said adding that the latest construction was reinforced with anti-seismic systems and will be resistant to hurricanes.

The surface of the new terminal will cover 19,000 square meters, which surpasses the previous installation by almost 7,000 noted Ruiz Esparza.

For financing, OMA authorized a new maximum rate for operators, which has been in force since December 31, 2015 and will be adjusted year-on-year until 2020 by an efficiency factor of 0.7 percent in real terms.

It should be noted that during the last year, ACA reduced its passenger traffic by 4.6 percent, going from 718,493 to 685,124 total users transferred between 2016 and 2017.

Over the last 12 months, only 2 new routes were opened from the Guerrero terminal. A domestic route for TAR Airlines to Guadalajara and an international route for Volaris to Los Angeles. In contrast, two flights from Toluca and Monterrey were closed.

According to reports, the new airport will offer six boarding desks, 34 documentation counters, six self-service kiosks, two Veipax systems, a flight information system, two national baggage claims and one international along with three telescopic aisles.

It will also offer passengers 3,600 square meters of waiting rooms, two documentation area counters, three simultaneous lines of passengers inspection points, baggage claim room, 14 toilets, six elevators and seven escalators.

Governor Hector Astudillo Flores said that the new terminal will bring great benefits for this beach destination adding, “We hope to open soon. I think it is very advanced, it is a great work that will allow us to have a more attractive Acapulco, an attractive arrival and departure.”

The new infrastructure for the Acapulco International Airport was announced in July 2016 and is expected to be complete in two months.