On Wednesday, August 4th, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) announced that construction of the new terminal building at the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta will begin on Monday, August 29, with an 8:30 am groundbreaking ceremony that will be attended by municipal, state and federal authorities.
“With this event, the work that reinforces the commitment of Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico to contribute to the economic and social development of Mexico will be formally initiated,” the statement added.
The new terminal will span more than 61,200 square meters and increase the number of jetways and checked baggage screening and security areas at the airport by 50%. In other words, this work will give passengers more space and make their trip more enjoyable.
It will also be the first Zero Energy airport terminal in Latin America. This will be achieved within 7.5 years through several strategies, which include: the use of solar panels on the roof of the building, which will lower energy consumption by 40% compared to other airports with the same characteristics; and efficient water management through the reuse of 100% of the gray, black and blue water generated inside and outside the terminal, which will reduce water consumption by 35%; among other elements.
It should be remembered that the investments GAP committed to the Puerto Vallarta airport in the 2020-2024 Master Development Plan (PMD) exceeded 3.26 billion pesos and, during the next few years, most of this amount will be invested. In addition, in the five-year period between 2025-2029, an additional 1.3 billion pesos will be invested in the airport’s expansion.
Within the investment amount, more than 1.7 billion pesos stand out for the new Terminal Building and capacity and quality projects on the runway, platform, taxi ways, roads, parking lots, tower, among other facilities to optimize operations; in addition to 800 million pesos in state-of-the-art equipment such as specialized vehicles for the Rescue and Fire Extinction Service (SSEI), security equipment and the renovation of aerocars for passenger transportation.
According to GAP reports, the Puerto Vallarta airport’s Terminal 2 will tentatively be completed in two years, when it will have the capacity to mobilize 4.5 million passengers per year.