Luis Villaseñor Nolasco, the director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust, has revealed that projections for September indicate that the International Airport in the city is expected to surpass the 1,400 air operations recorded in 2019.
The tourism official noted that market conditions are stabilizing and consistently outperforming the figures from 2019. The primary objective for this month is to increase the number of air operations, especially considering that 2022 was an unusual year. While there have been months in 2023 where flight numbers haven’t exceeded those of the previous year, passenger numbers have shown growth.
In addition, he highlighted that in December, Puerto Vallarta will welcome a new flight from Alaska Airlines originating in Las Vegas, creating high expectations for a successful season throughout the rest of the year.
It’s noteworthy that in August of this year, the International Airport in this city witnessed more than 479,000 passengers, compared to 476,000 during the same period in 2022, representing a 0.7% increase. Over the span of 8 months, the facility recorded over 4.7 million visitors.
Furthermore, the report also reveals that in August, the airport served 284,000 passengers from the domestic market, compared to 261,000 during the same period in 2022, marking an 8.8% growth. In the cumulative total for the first 8 months of the year, there were nearly 2 million visitors, reflecting a 14.6% increase compared to the previous year.
Regarding the international market, for the second consecutive month, figures from the previous year were not surpassed. In August 2023, there were 195,000 passengers, while in 2022, there were 215,000. Consequently, the cumulative total from January to August has already exceeded 2.7 million tourists.