mexico city – Impact of Hurricane Otis on Acapulco International Airport It is starting to be reflected in passenger traffic numbers.
The air terminal recorded a 4.7% annual traffic decline in October, due to the closure of commercial operations in the last seven days of the month due to Hurricane Otis.The operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) said in a statement.
Aviation authorities suspended commercial operations at Acapulco Airport on October 25, due to the damage caused by the hurricane, which quickly reached the fifth category.
The station was partially opened on October 28, as part of an air bridge set up by the government to evacuate tourists and receive supplies and aid. At the time, OMA officials did not have an estimated date for reopening business operations, according to Bloomberg News.
According to Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, hotels have committed to opening operations between March and April 2024.
Acapulco represented 2.5% of the total traffic recorded by OMA at its 13 airports during the tenth month of the year. That station, along with the one in Zacatecas (-5.9%), were the only two stations to record a decrease in traffic during the month.
On a consolidated level, OMA recorded 12.2% growth in traffic. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 11.8% and international passenger traffic increased by 15.5%.
“We consider OMA Traffic’s performance during the 10th month of 2023 to be positive, as it maintains an important growth trend driven by the nearby business sector,” Monex analysts wrote in a note.