The International Airport in Puerto Vallarta has increased the number of passengers though its doors by 12.90%, thanks to the attractions that have become a magnet for tourists, said Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP).
GAP general director, Fernando Bosque Mohino, said that joint promotions between the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust and the Visitors and Conventions Office of the Riviera Nayarit, are key to the success of this tourist destination.
He said that this air terminal offers 416 weekly departure operations to 47 destinations in the United States, Canada and Europe. The growth trend is positive for this 2017. He said that in 2015 they managed to reach 4,063,300 passengers, 2,759,500 were international and the rest national, while last year the total number of passengers grew by 12.90% to that of 2015.
With respect to 2017, he emphasized that the figures reflect that the tourist growth is advancing at the pace to set a new record this year. Between January and July of this year, 2,880,901 passengers have arrived in Puerto Vallarta, 1,820,086 are international and the rest national arrivals.
He added that the majority of international passengers are from the United States, followed by Canada, while in the case of Europe the most important is England with two flights a week (London -Gatwick- and Manchester).
In Mexico, the main cities of origin were: City of Mexico with 783,943; Monterrey with 188,222; Tijuana with 93,598; Toluca with 79,637 and Guadalajara with 71,150 passengers.
The top ten is completed by Bajio, Queretaro, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi and Chihuahua.
Airlines that arrived with the most passengers in Puerto Vallarta were United Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Aeroméxico and Interjet.
In the period 2016-2017, the area saw new flights from Southwest between Puerto Vallarta and Los Angeles and Denver; American Airlines from Los Angeles; Aeromexico from Monterrey; Aeromar and Calafia from Guadalajara.
In November an additional international connection will be added to Helsinki, Finland through Finn Air.