In response to the dramatic increase in passengers to Los Cabos this spring season, the Los Cabos International Airport is increasing the number of immigration officers to speed up the entry process for international tourists.
Additional Service Lines
The National Institute of Migration for Mexico recently announced the addition of up to 20 more officers to service the needs of incoming international visitors at the Los Cabos International Airport.
According to representative Manuel Salvador Cordero Esparza, the objective is to get the entry immigration lines for Los Cabos travelers down to 15 minutes as opposed to the current wait time of more than 45 minutes to complete the entry process.
The focus of the additional immigration officers will be the peak entry time of 12 pm to 3 pm in Los Cabos when there is a significant influx of international flights and passengers arriving at the airport.
In addition to the immigration staff, Cordero Esparza mentioned that additional management staff would also be added in order to handle any issues that arise among passengers needing assistance and expedite their entry to Los Cabos.
Additionally, they will also be available to operate entry stations at the Los Cabos International Airport in order to increase the throughput of passengers and lower the time spent waiting for entry.
Complements New Passport Gates
The addition of more immigration officers complements the announcement made in late January that automated passport control entry gates were coming to the Los Cabos International Airport to help automate the process and make it fast for tourists.
The gates were first implemented in the large cities of Mexico City and Guadalajara before coming to the tourist hubs of Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos.
Automated gates are in place in many places around the world, including some airports in the United States and in Europe.
Using a microchipped passport, the visitor simply puts their passport on the glass reader and then steps towards a camera where the image on the passport is compared using technology to the picture of the visitor at the gate.
Once confirmed, the data is logged and recorded about the visitor, and the gate opens, allowing them to proceed to the next step in the entry process. The entire passport check is less than a minute under most conditions.
Additional Terminal Upgrades
It was also announced recently that the Los Cabos International Airport would start renovations on the primarily domestic terminal at the airport.
Advisories were sent from airport officials warning that visitors using Terminal One would be subject to delay due to the renovations.
The addition of more gates to Terminal Two is nearly complete, and an additional Terminal Three is expected to start construction soon. Both projects are expected to be completed this year.
Los Cabos International Airport officials are estimating an investment of $13 million this year to improve the overall experience, facilities, and amenities for both domestic and international travelers.
A Luxury Airport Experience
Next additions to the airport should focus on amenities to please the targeted luxury segment traveler to Los Cabos.
The lounge provider Plaza Premium has four different lounges at the Cancún airport under the MERA Business Lounge brand. None of these are open in Los Cabos.
Meanwhile, Priority Pass airport lounge members have access to the VIP Lounge in Terminal One and Terminal Two. Both are generally located in the food court areas of the airport. Priority Pass benefits are available with many different elite-level travel cards in the United States.
More than eight million travelers are expected to use the Los Cabos International Airport this year, many of them arriving during the current peak spring travel season.
Hopefully, their entry experience should be more convenient now and have them hitting the beach for some fun in express time.
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