During the colonial times, sailors knew the coast of Baja California very well. Galleons loaded with silks, pearls and spices, which traveled between Manila and Acapulco stored up on water and food supplies – hunting wild animals – at the estuary, next to the mouth of a river, close by a place, which now is San Jose del Cabo. They then continued their trip until Acapulco, where the load was sent to Mexico City and from there to Veracruz, where it was finally embarked, heading to Spain. Since Francisco de Ulloa discovered it in 1537, Cabo San Lucas was a point of nautical reference. Nevertheless, when pirates found out about it, it became a closely watched point by both parties, and in 1730, the government of New Spain ordered Father Nicholas Tamaral to found a fort and a Jesuit mission in San Jose.
In 1846, San Jose was occupied by the North American army during that country’s invasion of Mexico. The main square celebrates the Officer Jose Antonio Mijares who beat them and drove them out. That is why the square bears his name. The fame of the wealth of its waters grew and in 1919, it attracted a seafood packaging company to Cabo San Lucas, which at one time was the third largest of its kind in the world. However, it took tourism fame a few more decades before it came to be a real economic force in the area.
After the Second World War some sports veterans discovered fishing for Marlin, weighing 220 kilos (485 pounds) which even nowadays still inhabit the waters of the Sea of Cortez. This started an unprecedented tourist explosion. People mainly came to hunt and to fish, but, in the Fifties, the first luxury hotels began to substitute the simple palapas (palm-thatched huts). In the Sixties and Seventies, the news that the most exclusive vacation refuge for the rich and famous was located some 1500 kilometers (930 miles) south of Hollywood, spread like a wildfire. The place then saw an invasion of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Mick Jagger, Elton John and John Wayne.
The present transpeninsular highway was inaugurated in the Seventies. California surfers and those people who fled the cold winter in the north began to invade the beaches. However, it was not until 1984, when FONATUR took charge of the area’s development, that the first airport was opened. After that, huge hotel chains became interested in opening the doors to progress. Since 1990, “Cabo” witnessed a triplication of the population in San Jose and Cabo San Lucas and also observed growth of the tourist market, while more than 3,000 private residences for foreign vacationers and retirees began to be constructed.
As for recent history, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V. (“GAP”) has announced preliminary terminal passenger traffic figures for the month of December 2016, compared to traffic figures for December 2015. The Los Cabos Airport benefited
from the Mexico-U.S. bilateral aviation agreement, and has two additional airlines operating on their routes from Los Angeles, California, Delta and Southwest. During December 2016, total terminal passengers increased 16.8% in the Company’s 13 airports, compared to the same period of the previous year. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 19.0%, while international passenger traffic increased by 13.7%.
Domestic Market: The Tijuana airport reported GAP’s highest absolute growth in terms of domestic passengers during the month of December. The increase of 124 thousand passengers was mainly derived from the routes to Guadalajara, Mexico City and Culiacan. Meanwhile, the Guadalajara airport benefited from the new frequencies operated by Volaris and VivaAerobus during the month; as these airlines increased their seat offerings by 19% and 42%, respectively. Finally, Los Cabos reported a 24% increase due to the entry into operation of large capacity aircrafts in operation, such as the A321 by Volaris and the A320 by VivaAerobus.
International Market: In December, the Guadalajara airport maintained its double- digit growth trend in terms of international traffic. The main contributors to this growth were the Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco routes, and were the result of the year-end holiday season. The Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta airports benefited from the Mexico-U.S. bilateral aviation agreement, as both airports had two additional airlines operating on their routes from Los Angeles (previously limited to only 3 operators).
We have been discovered as a world class tourist are, with gorgeous climate and beaches.
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