October 5 2018  |  Industry News

The Design Solution appointed to GAP redevelopment

By Jas Ryat

The airport is undergoing a phased expansion and refurbishment program reflecting the double-digit growth delivered since 2015, with further strong traffic growth forecast for the next few years

The Design Solution (TDS) has been appointed by Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacífico (GAP) to undertake the design of a radical redevelopment of terminal space at Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport, the main airport for Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city.

Marking the design company’s first airport terminal design project in Mexico, TDS will address the challenges faced at Guadalajara International Airport by the airport’s rapid growth in traffic, which reached 12.8 million in 2017.

The airport is undergoing a phased expansion and refurbishment programme reflecting the double-digit growth delivered since 2015, with further strong traffic growth forecast for the next few years.

In the most recent phase of the development, the pressure on the gates was relieved through a pier expansion project, including a new bussing gate lounge.

“The area between the international gates and the expanded pier is where passengers arrive at the Departures level from the two security areas before entering a complex pattern of flows through shops, bars, restaurants, and airline lounges. This area of the terminal has been expanded over many years through numerous projects, resulting in a less than optimum layout with some areas being frantically busy and others relatively quiet.

Our challenge, supported by Pragma Consulting, is to reconfigure the five different zones and consolidate them into a cohesive commercial area where the vast majority of shops bars and restaurants are visible to all departing passengers and optimize the commercial effectiveness of the space,” explained Robbie Gill, TDS’s Managing Director.

The Guadalajara project comes two months after GAP appointed TDS to carry out a commercial planning exercise for Los Cabos Airport, on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, with the design stages about to commence.

Raul Revuelta, CEO, GAP, welcomed the appointment of TDS to support the group’s development programme:

“GAP is dedicated to becoming the leading provider of airport services and products in Mexico. We are strongly committed to raising the quality of the passenger experience at Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport and, having been impressed by TDS' approach at another of our airports (Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica), we are delighted to have their input into our development at Guadalajara International Airport,” said Raul Revuelta, CEO, GAP.

Having worked on design projects at over 130 airports worldwide, Robbie Gill welcomed the opportunity to expand his company’s presence in Mexico:

“Although we have designed the stunning Dufry Duty Free shop in Cancun, which opened earlier in the year, our contracts with GAP will be our first combined airport planning and design projects in Mexico,” added Gill.

“We first met GAP when working on designs for Montego Bay Airport (owned and operated by GAP). They liked our work, and it is always deeply gratifying to be appointed by a client on further projects.”

“Mexico is enjoying fantastic growth, and its culture, history, geography, and cuisine make it a tremendous place to visit and to work. My fascination stems from driving in Mexico back in 1978, which resulted in me gaining my Masters Degree in Pre-Columbian Mexican Architecture; life sometimes really does turn full circle," reflected Gill.

GAP operates 12 airports across the Pacific region of Mexico and also manages Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, the largest international airport in Jamaica.

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