November 12 2018  |  Airlines & Airports

ASUR reports significant increase in passenger traffic at its airports for September

By Ronnie Lovler

Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) is showing a significant increase in passenger traffic at all the major airports it operates in its latest report.

ASUR announced in a news release that the total number of passengers going through its airports was up by 8.3% in Mexico, 15.8% in Colombia, and 56.6% in Puerto Rico for September 2018, compared with the same period last year.

Passengers in transit and general aviation are excluded for Mexico and Colombia.

The dramatic increase in traffic for Puerto Rico is a reflection of the impact last September when the island was hit by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 21, 2017.

In Mexico, the number of passengers rose to nearly 2.2 million for all Mexico airports in September 2018, up from a little more than 2 million passengers in 2017 for the same period last year.

In Colombia, the tally jumped from 781,127 passengers in September 2017 to 904,696 for September 2018.

And in Puerto Rico, in a clear indication that the island is recuperating from the effects of Hurricane Maria, the numbers are startling. The figures for September 2018 show 526,721 passengers traveled through Puerto Rico, compared to 336,406 for the same period last year.

ASUR is a leading international airport operator with a portfolio of concessions to operate, maintain and develop 16 airports in the Americas. It operates nine airports in southeastern Mexico, including the Cancun airport, one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico.

It runs six airports in northern Colombia, including the Medellín international airport (Rio Negro), the second most traveled in Colombia. ASUR is also a 60% shareholder of Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC, operator of the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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