Aertec will design an expansion of 55,000 to 70,000 m2 in terminal 2 of the airport to adapt its capacity

Aertec, an international engineering company specialized in airports, completed its consulting work at the end of 2023 for the expansion of the Los Cabos International Airport, located in the Mexican region of Baja California. The aerodrome, belonging to the manager Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, has relied on the extensive track record and experience of Aertec to commission a study in two phases to adapt the infrastructure of the Mexican airport to the passenger growth expected for 2036 and 2048.

It is an almost one hundred percent tourist airport, with a runway of more than 3 km and 2 passenger terminals, one international and one domestic, which foresees a flow of 13.5 million passengers by 2036. To adapt the capacity of its infrastructure, Aertec has carried out the functional design of the airport in the medium term after analyzing the airport processes, which include the documentation counters, the capacity of the baggage screening system, boarding gates, security control and customs. “In the first phase we have studied the current management capacity of the two terminals and defined the needs they will have for 2036 based on the passenger growth forecast,” says Alejandro Martín Cardinaal, head of architecture at Aertec.

The solution proposed by the Spanish firm opts to unify the terminals into a single one, going from the current 55,000 m2 to 70,000 m2 in 2036. “To demonstrate that the proposal is viable and works, we have applied a dynamic simulation, taking into account the plan of real flights at the airport growing by 2036, to be able to verify that the systems we are designing are capable of managing that passenger traffic,” says Alejandro Martín.

In addition to carrying out a detailed study of the Los Cabos Airport terminals, Aertec has contemplated expanding commercial aviation positions, from the current 22 to 31, and doubling the capacity of the parking areas.

A second phase of the study has included how these airport systems would grow with a view to the year 2048, when traffic of 20.4 million passengers is expected. The growth of infrastructure would involve reaching 34 aircraft parking spaces, 2,000 parking spaces and the design of a new terminal for domestic flights.

Aertec has a long history and expert knowledge of airport processes acquired in the last two decades, essential for the design and development of customized solutions. It has references in more than 160 airports, many of them in South American countries such as Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile or Paraguay, and now Mexico is added.