Guadalajara International Airport

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Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
Terminal 1 Guadalajara Intl.jpg


GDL is located in Mexico
Location of airport in Mexico
Airport type Public
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico
Serves Guadalajara, Jalisco
Location Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 1,529 m / 5,016 ft
Coordinates 20°31′18″N 103°18′40″W / 20.52167°N 103.31111°W / 20.52167; -103.31111Coordinates: 20°31′18″N 103°18′40″W / 20.52167°N 103.31111°W / 20.52167; -103.31111
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
02/20 1,818 5,964 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Total Passengers 8,733,500
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico

Guadalajara International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara), ceremonial name Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (IATA: GDLICAO: MMGL), is the main airport of Mexico's second-largest city Guadalajara. It opened in 1966 and is located 16 km south of the city center. In 2013, the airport handled 8,148,000 passengers, and in 2014 it handled 8,733,500 passengers. It is Mexico's third busiest airport, after Mexico City International Airport and Cancún International Airport and second busiest for cargo flights.

Guadalajara's International Airport is composed of two runways and two terminals. It is also a major airport for connections, being a hub for Aeroméxico/Aeroméxíco Connect[1] and Volaris, for which is a primary gateway to the United States. It is also a focus city for VivaAerobus. Flights are offered to destinations within Mexico and to Central America and the United States.

The airport is named for Miguel Hidalgo, who began the war that brought Mexican independence from Spain. He has been called the "father of Mexican independence".

The airport is being renovated and expanded under a project that will allow it to double its operating capacity by 2007. This renovation includes a new Terminal 1 concourse and four additional taxiways. The new Terminal 2 was recently inaugurated, this facility is exclusive for express or regional flights, trying to serve as a relief for the already saturated Terminal 1. As of today, the airport has a desperate need for a new terminal, since during peak-hours, all of the contact positions in Terminal 1 get crowded, and the remote ones have to be used. In fact, there is a 30% chance that an aircraft gets a contact parking position at Guadalajara.


Salón Premier at Guadalajara Airport.
Automatic ticket counters at Guadalajara Airport.
Airport's Terminal 1
Terminal 1 Map.

PGAL reported that the airport will be expanded and remodeled.[2]

Terminals, airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal/
Aeromar Puebla, Veracruz 1 C
AeroMexico Chicago-O'Hare, Fresno, Los Angeles, Ontario, Sacramento, San Francisco
Seasonal: Denver
1 A
AeroMexico Mexico City, Tijuana
Seasonal: Culiacán
1 C
AeroMexico Connect Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Hermosillo, La Paz, Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Veracruz 1 C
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, San Jose (CA) 1 A
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles (begins June 4, 2015)[3] 1 A
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth 1 A
Copa Airlines Panama City 1 A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Los Angeles
Seasonal: Salt Lake City
1 A
Delta Connection Atlanta
Seasonal: Salt Lake City
1 A
Interjet San Antonio 1 A
Interjet Cancún, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo, Tijuana 1 C
Magnicharters Cancún 1 C
TAR Aerolineas Acapulco, Durango, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Los Mochis, Puerto Vallarta, Queretaro, Toluca/Mexico City, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 2
United Airlines Houston-Intercontinental 1 A
United Express Houston-Intercontinental 1 A
US Airways Phoenix 1 A
US Airways Express Phoenix 1 A
VivaAerobus Dallas/Fort Worth (begins March 28, 2015), Houston-Intercontinental 1 A
VivaAerobus Cancún, Ciudad Juárez, Hermosillo, Hermosillo La Paz, Mérida, Mexico City, Monterrey, Reynosa, San José del Cabo, Tampico, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa 2
Volaris Chicago-Midway, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth (begins April 29, 2015), Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fresno, Houston-Intercontinental, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York-JFK (begins July 15, 2015), Oakland, Ontario, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland (OR), Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Jose (CA)
Seasonal: San Diego
1 A
Volaris Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Culiacán, Hermosillo, La Paz, Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Mérida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey, San José del Cabo, Tampico, Tijuana, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa 1 C

Cargo airlines[edit]

Terminal 2 Map.
Concourse A.
Air Zone.
Aeroméxico Connect E-190.
Terminal 2.
Terminal 2 Gates.
Fast Food area at Guadalajara International Airport.
Gate 14 at Guadalajara Airport.
Airlines Destinations
AeroMexico Cargo see AeroMexico destinations
AeroUnion Los Angeles, Mexico City
Air France Cargo Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Amerijet International Miami
Cargolux Houston-Intercontinental, Luxembourg, Miami
Cathay Pacific Cargo Anchorage, Hong Kong
Centurion Cargo Los Angeles, Miami
DHL Aviation operated by ABX Air Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Los Angeles
Estafeta La Paz, San Luis Potosí
FedEx Express Dallas/Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Memphis
Korean Air Cargo Anchorage, Seoul-Incheon, Vancouver
Lufthansa Cargo Dallas/Fort Worth, Frankfurt
MasAir Bogotá, Los Angeles, Miami
Panalpina operated by Atlas Air Huntsville, London-Stansted
UPS Airlines Louisville

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2014)
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 1,189,853 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  Baja California, Tijuana 538,187 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Aeroméxico Contigo, Interjet, Volaris
3  Nuevo León, Monterrey 265,788 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  Quintana Roo, Cancún 220,097 Steady Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5  Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 103,499 Increase 1 Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
6  Sonora, Hermosillo 98,924 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
7  Baja California, Mexicali 84,337 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris
8  Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 70,209 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
9  Sinaloa, Culiacán 58,580 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris
10  Baja California Sur, La Paz 58,073 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
11  Veracruz, Veracruz 58,073 Increase 1 Aeromar, Aeroméxico Connect, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
12  Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta 35,293 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, TAR Aerolineas
13  Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 34,190 Increase 2 TAR Aerolineas, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
14  Yucatán, Mérida 32,909 Increase 2 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
15  Chihuahua, Chihuahua 25,281 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris
Busiest international routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2014)[4]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  United States, Los Angeles 391,563 Steady Aeroméxico Contigo, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Volaris
2  United States, Houston 106,558 Increase 2 United Airlines, United Express, VivaAerobus
3  United States, San Jose 96,797 Decrease 1 Alaska Airlines, Volaris
4  United States, Dallas 87,379 Decrease 1 American Airlines, American Eagle
5  United States, Chicago (airports Midway and O'Hare)[Nota 1] 86,008 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Contigo, Volaris
6  United States, Phoenix 81,112 Decrease 1 US Airways, US Airways Express, Volaris
7  United States, Fresno 75,018 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Contigo, Volaris
8  United States, Sacramento 71,516 Increase 3 Aeroméxico Contigo, Volaris
9  United States, Oakland 67,975 Decrease 2 Volaris
10  United States, San Francisco 60,740 Increase 2 Aeroméxico Contigo
11  United States, Atlanta 58,981 Decrease 2 Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection
12  United States, Las Vegas 55,798 Decrease 2 Aeroméxico, Volaris
13  United States, Ontario 44,512 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Contigo, Volaris
14  United States, San Antonio 26,809 Increase 4 Interjet, Volaris
15  Panama, Panama City 26,420 Steady Copa Airlines
  1. ^ The official statistics include both Midway and O'Hare airports.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Aeromexico increases its connectivity to provide additional benefits to all of its clients", Press Release, Aeromexico, May 7, 2014
  2. ^ "Guadalajara International Airport T-1 Improvements and T-2 Expansion (GDL)". PGAL. 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Air Operational Statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 

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