Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico Reports Passenger Traffic Decrease of 4.8% for June 2008
GUADALAJARA, Mexico, July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: PAC; BMV: GAP) (“the Company” or “GAP”) today announced preliminary terminal passenger traffic figures for the month of June 2008 compared to traffic figures for June 2007.
During June 2008, total terminal passengers decreased 4.8% compared to the previous year; international passenger traffic decreased 3.5%, while domestic passenger traffic decreased 5.4% compared to June 2007.
Compared to June 2007, domestic terminal passenger traffic in June 2008 registered a net decrease of 69.8 thousand passengers, despite increased passenger traffic at the airports of Guadalajara with 15.9 thousand passengers, Los Cabos with 13.6 thousand passengers, Puerto Vallarta with 4.6 thousand passengers, Hermosillo with 3.8 thousand passengers and Manzanillo with 0.2 thousand passengers. Together these airports represented 38.1 thousand additional passengers.
In the case of the Guadalajara airport, the increase in passenger traffic was mainly due to the rise in traffic on the routes to and from Cancun, Mexico City, Los Cabos, Ciudad Juarez, Culiacan, Monterrey, Toluca and Puebla.
In the case of the Puerto Vallarta airport, the increase was due to an increase in passengers on routes to and from Toluca, Aguascalientes and Monterrey.
At Los Cabos, the increase was mainly due to the growth in traffic to and from Toluca and Guadalajara.
Additionally, traffic at the Hermosillo airport was driven by passengers on routes to Puebla, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Chihuahua, Ciudad Obregon, Mexicali, and Culiacan.
However, there was a decline of 107.8 thousand passengers at the airports of Tijuana with 59.0 thousand passengers, Mexicali with 12.1 thousand passengers, La Paz with 11.4 thousand passengers, Guanajuato with 10.3 thousand passengers, Los Mochis with 5.6 thousand passengers, Morelia with 5.6 thousand passengers and Aguascalientes with 3.8 thousand passengers.
In the case of the Tijuana airport, this decline was principally due to a reduction in traffic on the routes to Guadalajara, Mexico City, La Paz, Toluca, Guanajuato, Los Mochis and Uruapan. This decrease was mainly due to the decline in operations from Aviacsa, Aeromexico, Mexicana, Avolar and Aerocalifornia in routes to and from the previously-mentioned cities.
The decline at the Mexicali airport was principally due to the decrease in passengers on the routes to and from Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. This was due to Aviacsa’s ceasing of operations at the Mexicali airport on May 12, 2008, which caused declines on the Mexico City and Guadalajara routes, as well as Vivaaerobus, which beginning November 2007 ceased to operate the route to Monterrey.
In the case of the La Paz airport, the decline was mostly due to the decrease in traffic on the routes to and from Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Mazatlan, caused by the fact that Avolar and Aeromexico ceased operations to this city.
The decline at the Guanajuato airport was mostly due to a decrease in traffic on the routes to Tijuana, Monterrey, Toluca, Mexico City, Cancun, Morelia and Puerto Vallarta. In the case of Tijuana, the decline can be attributable to the substitution effect, since in 2007 certain price-sensitive passengers chose to fly to the southern California area via Tijuana and are currently flying to the U.S. directly. In the case of Toluca, this was due to the fact that Volaris terminated the operation of this route. In the case of Mexico City and Monterrey, the decrease was mainly due to the fact that on May 12, 2008 Aviacsa ceased operations out of the Guanajuato airport.
The reduction at the Morelia airport was primarily due to the fact that Aviacsa ceased operating this route as well as the decline in operations of Aeromexico and Vivaaerobus compared with 2007.
In the case of the Los Mochis airport, the decrease was caused by the reduction in traffic on routes to and from Tijuana, Guadalajara and Hermosillo, as well as a decrease in operations from Aeromexico Connect and Aerocalifornia.
International terminal passenger traffic registered a decrease of 21.8 thousand passengers, or 3.5%, compared to June 2007.
However, the following airports experienced an increase in traffic: Puerto Vallarta with 3.8 thousand passengers, Hermosillo with 0.9 thousand passengers and Mexicali with 0.1 thousand passengers.
The increase at the Puerto Vallarta airport was due to the increase in passenger traffic on the routes to Los Angeles, Phoenix, Vancouver, Calgary, Minneapolis, Oklahoma, Newark, Seattle and Montreal, among others.
On the other hand, the following airports experienced decreases in international passenger traffic: Los Cabos with 10.2 thousand passengers, Guadalajara with 9.4 thousand passengers, Aguascalientes with 2.1 thousand passengers, Manzanillo with 1.8 thousand passengers, La Paz with 1.4 thousand passengers, Morelia with 1.0 thousand passengers, Tijuana with 0.4 thousand passengers and Los Mochis with 0.3 thousand passengers.
In the case of Los Cabos, the decrease was due to a decline in passenger traffic on routes to and from Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Sacramento.
In the case of the Guadalajara airport, the decrease was primarily due to the decline in passengers to and from Denver, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, Las Vegas, Ontario, Chicago and Phoenix.
The decrease at the Aguascalientes airport was due to the decline in traffic to and from Los Angeles.
At the close of June 2008, the weekly schedule of flights operated by LCC’s decreased by 48 weekly segments compared to May 2008, for a total of 878 frequencies and a total of 58 routes operated by these types of carriers. The decline in frequencies was mainly due to a restructuring of routes and frequencies by the airlines, with the objective of increasing profitability as a result of the highly competitive environment and the increasing cost of jet fuel.
In June 2008, approximately 567.2 thousand passengers were transported by the LCC’s, representing approximately 46.04% of the total number of domestic passengers for this month.
Considering the above, the Company is in the process of adjusting its original guidance for 2008 and will report updated guidance in the second quarter press release.
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, S.A.B. de C.V. (GAP) operates twelve airports throughout Mexico’s Pacific region, including the major cities of Guadalajara and Tijuana, the four tourist destinations of Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, La Paz and Manzanillo, and six other mid-sized cities: Hermosillo, Guanajuato, Morelia, Aguascalientes, Mexicali and Los Mochis. In February 2006, GAP’s shares were listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “PAC” and on the Mexican Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “GAP”.
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