The General Juan N. Alvarez International Airport in Acapulco, Mexico, recently introduced a new terminal that will now allow the airport to handle roughly 1.3 million passengers. Some of the other new features at the airport include new technology and additional restaurants and shops.
Among the most noticeable aspects of the new airport expansion is its vast size. It is now 204,514 square feet in area, an increase of 75,347 square feet over the old airport.
The new terminal features an eco-conscious design that aims at reducing environmental safety, while new airport technology aims to enhance the experience and security of travelers to Acapulco.
The airport customs stations are equipped with new scanner machines and a traffic light system for reviewing suitcases and other material; Quick Response (QR) codes for migration and passport scanners; and a Health Service for inspecting imported and exported foods. Additionally, the airport has an isolation room for international health cases.
Visitors are now also greeted with an expanded array of restaurants, cafes and artisan shops to buy locally made Mexican crafts, as well a selection of stores selling liquors, wines and other alcoholic beverages. The modern construction also takes in the latest advances in earthquake and hurricane resistance.
On May 25, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, along with other top officials, was on hand to officially introduce the new terminal. Among the others in attendance were Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, the secretary of communications and transportation and Hector Astudillo Flores, the governor of the state of Guerrero.
Roughly 1,367,530 tourists visited Acapulco in 2017, an increase of 117,530 tourists over 2016.