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Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) has announced the start of works to expand and upgrade the terminal building of the Ponciano Arriaga international airport, located in San Luis Potosí in central Mexico.
In a statement, the airport operator announced that it will invest over 400mn pesos (US$19.5mn) in the works, which will take 20 months to complete.
The project entails expanding the current terminal by 8,600m2 and remodeling an area of 4,100m2, with the objective of raising capacity to meet passenger traffic demand which has seen an average annual increase of 16% over the last five years, according to OMA.
Once complete, the new terminal building will cover a total area of 13,000m2 on two levels, some three times the area of the current terminal, which will increase the airport's capacity to 1.2mn passengers per year.
According to the OMA statement, operations at the Ponciano Arriaga airport will continue uninterrupted while the works take place.
At the beginning of this year, OMA announced that it would invest 4.44bn pesos (US$217mn) in its 13 Mexican airports over a four-year period. The airports expected to receive the largest investments are Monterrey, Acapulco, Chihuahua and San Luis Potosí.