Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP) has announced its plans to invest nearly $504m for the development of Guadalajara International Airport in Mexico before 2026.

As part of the development plan, an additional runway and a new terminal building will be constructed, along with the redesigning of commercial space in the existing building, costing around $302m.

The Design Solution will be responsible for redesigning the new space, which will open in a phased manner over the next two years before opening fully in 2023.

The aim of the terminal renovation is to create a series of engaging touchpoints, from security to gate, as well as rationalise passenger flows.

To realise the approved proposal, The Design Solution will work in collaboration with the project’s commercial consultants, Pragma Consulting.

The new plan will expand the commercial zone by optimising the previously under-utilised space.

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The Design Solution director Graeme Johns said: “Our first task was to rationalise the passenger flows through the terminal to create an intuitive route in the airside commercial area. With this approach, passengers have much more direct engagement with the greater exposure given to stores, restaurants, bars, pop-ups and seasonal event experiences.

“It is always a challenge to transform older terminals that have evolved through piecemeal development, especially those that were predominantly assembled before commercial revenues became so important. These new designs will create a world-class facility and passenger experience fitting for GAP’s ambitions to transform Guadalajara International Airport and to maximise its commercial potential.”

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico CEO Raul Revuelta commented: “We first worked with The Design Solution at Sangster Montego Bay Airport in Jamaica, one of our other operated airports. Shortly after, we appointed them to work at Los Cabos airport in Mexico and now on to Guadalajara. We have worked together as a team over many months to create something we believe will transform the terminal, both in terms of bringing passengers the best travel experience as well as growing our commercial offer.

“In the core airside commercial area, we currently have 5,700m² and that will increase to 7,250m². The pandemic inevitably means the implementation of our ambitious plans will likely take longer than originally hoped but we look forward to a phased approach to achieving this vision.”

The airport, which is the country’s third largest, managed nearly 15 million passengers in 2019.

After the completion of the new plan, the capacity of the airport will increase to 30 million passengers per year, meaning an increase of around 60% in the number of flights.