Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport
|Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
|IATA: GDL – ICAO: MMGL
|Operator||Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico|
|Location||Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco|
|Elevation AMSL||1,529 m / 5,016 ft|
|Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico|
Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara), also known as Guadalajara International Airport (IATA: GDL, ICAO: MMGL). It opened in 1966 and is located 16 km south of the city centre of Guadalajara. In 2012, the airport handled 7,436,400 passengers, representing a 3.3% increase from 2011. 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 Connect and Volaris which is a primary gateway to the United States . also secondary hub for Aeroméxico a focus city for VivaAerobus, and Interjet. Flights are offered to several destinations within Mexico, 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.
PGAL reported that the airport will be expanded and remodeled.
Terminals, airlines and destinations
|1||Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City||1,014,581||Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|2||Baja California, Tijuana||466,927||Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris|
|3||Nuevo León, Monterrey||226,477||Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|4||Quintana Roo, Cancún||170,624||Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|5||Sonora, Hermosillo||86,862||2||Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|6||Baja California, Mexicali||86,400||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|7||Baja California Sur, Los Cabos||84,860||1||Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|8||Sinaloa, Culiacán||67,936||1||Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris|
|9||Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez||64,063||1||Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus|
|10||México (state), Toluca||49,131||5||Volaris|
|1||United States, Los Angeles||338,419||Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Volaris|
|2||United States, Houston||113,028||United Airlines, United Express|
|3||United States, Phoenix||94,585||US Airways, US Airways Express, Volaris|
|5||United States, Dallas||70,876||2||American Airlines, American Eagle|
|6||United States, Las Vegas||61,042||4||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|8||United States, Chicago (airports Midway and O'Hare)[Nota 1]||56,782||2||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|9||United States, Fresno||56,319||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|10||United States, Atlanta||52,914||2||Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection|
- The official statistics include both Midway and O'Hare airports.
Accidents and incidents
- Aeroméxico Flight 498: On August 31, 1986 an Aeroméxico DC-9 that originated from Mexico City and stopped at Guadalajara, Loreto and Tijuana collided with a private aircraft while attempting to land at Los Angeles International Airport.
- "Guadalajara International Airport T-1 Improvements and T-2 Expansion (GDL)". PGAL. 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
- Korean Air Cargo launch Gudalajara charters
- "Air Operational Statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- Guadalajara International Airport
- Grupo Aeroportuario del Pácifico
- AeropuertosMexico.com (in English)
- The Airport Guide: Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Intl (GDL/MMGL)
- Airport information for MMGL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- FlightAware U.S. airport activity to/from: Don Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla Int'l (MMGL)
- A-Z World Airports: Don Miguel Hidalgo Airport (GDL/MMGL)
- Transportation from Guadalajara International Airport to Lake Chapala (in English)