Monterrey International Airport

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General Mariano Escobedo International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Mariano Escobedo
Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey.jpg


MTY is located in Mexico
Location of airport in Mexico
Airport type Public
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte
Serves Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Location Apodaca, Nuevo Leon
Elevation AMSL 1,280 ft / 390 m
Coordinates 25°46′42″N 100°06′23″W / 25.77833°N 100.10639°W / 25.77833; -100.10639Coordinates: 25°46′42″N 100°06′23″W / 25.77833°N 100.10639°W / 25.77833; -100.10639
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 9,843 3,000 Asphalt
16/34 5,909 1,801 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Total Passengers 7,128,531 Increase 11.08%
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte

Monterrey International Airport, ceremonial name General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (IATA: MTYICAO: MMMY) is an international airport located in Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico. Together with Del Norte International Airport, the airport handles domestic and international operations for the city of Monterrey and its metropolitan area.

The airport is considered one of the most modern airports in North America serving up to 5 million passengers per year. Eighty seven percent of passenger traffic is domestic, primarily from the cities of Mexico City, Guadalajara, Chihuahua, and Tijuana, and thirteen percent of passenger traffic is international, primarily from the American cities of Dallas and Houston. There are almost 300 daily flights to more than 35 destinations in Mexico and the United States. It is considered as the country's fourth most important airport in terms of passengers handled and operations per year, after Mexico City, Cancún, and Guadalajara.

The airport serves as a hub for Aeroméxico/Aeroméxico Connect,[1] Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, and Volaris and a focus city for Interjet. Airport terminals were renovated and expanded in 2003 and again in 2007.

In 2013, the airport handled 6,417,755 passengers, and in 2014 it handled 7,128,531 passengers,[2] a 11.08% increase from previous year.

Terminal configurations[edit]

  • Terminal A, consists of a building comprising check-in facilities, baggage claiming, shopping areas, restaurants, customs, airport and airline offices, as many other services, while the satellite building connected via underground tunnels comprises all the VIP and waiting lounges, migration among other services as well as obviously the boarding gates. The Satellite building, is divided into two concourses, North Concourse for domestic flights (Gates A1-A15), while South Concourse comprises all the international flights that operate into the airport (Gates B3-B8). Several flights are delayed day by day due to the lack of free contact and even remote positions, as the ones capable of handling large aircraft such as the Boeing 767. Nevertheless, Terminal C and Terminal B work as a relief system for this terminal. There are future plans to remodel and expand the Satellite building, adding at least 4 new jetways and 3 remote positions.
  • Terminal B, considered as the second most modern air facility in the country (only behind the Mexico City's Terminal 2), it was opened on September 2010. The terminal comprise 8 gates, 6 of which are equipped with jetways and 2 apron-doors which might be used by Aeroméxico's feeder airline Aeroméxico Connect. The terminal house all operations of the Sky Team member airlines, similar to Terminal 2 in Mexico City International Airport. The airport terminal is able to handle up to 2 million passengers per year, and allows the airport to free some slots for new airlines to operate into Terminal A.
  • Terminal C, inaugurated on November 30, 2006, houses the operations from low cost carrier serving the airport, VivaAerobus. This terminal works completely independent to Terminal A, opposite to Terminal B functionality.
  • Air Cargo Terminal, recently launched the "Air Cargo Terminal", which has 6 hectares (15 acres) for operations. Courier companies operating nationally and abroad, notably FedEx, DHL, UPS, Estafeta.

Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, the airport company operating this airport, has its headquarters in the air cargo zone.[3]


Diagram of the Monterrey Airport terminals

The airport resides at an elevation of 1280 feet (390 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 11/29 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 45 metres (9,843 ft × 148 ft). A second runway which is rarely used is designated 16/34 and also has an asphalt surface. It stretches 1,801 by 30 metres (5,909 ft × 98 ft). The main runway, 11/29, has an ILS approach system and has its own VHF omnidirectional radio range (VOR) and DME station. It is also capable of handling aircraft such as the Boeing 747-400, but due to the lack of remote positions, this airport is mainly used by smaller aircraft. Starting on September 2014, Monterrey will have its first intercontinental flight in years when Aeromexico begins flying its Boeing 787 Dreamliner four days a week to Tokyo-Narita as a fuel stop to flights between Lic. Benito Juarez International Airport and Tokyo-Narita. Aeromexico stated that the flight will last while Tijuana International Airport, the usual gateway to Mexico from Asia, makes improvements to its runway. Monterrey was selected due to its importance to the country's economy, and for being a popular business destination.

  • Terminal A: 9 contact positions, 12 remote positions
  • Terminal B: 6 contact positions, 7 remote positions
  • Terminal C: 8 remote positions
    • VivaAerobus has its corporate headquarters in the Cargo Zone of Terminal C[4]
  • Number of jetways: 9 (Terminal A), 6 (Terminal B)
  • Number of baggage claiming carousels: 4
  • Lounges at Terminal A:
    • Mexicana Elite Lounge (Closed) (North Concourse)
    • American Express Centurion (Floor Level)
    • Banamex Beyond Lounge /Salon Premier (Lower Level)
  • Lounges at Terminal B:
  • Food court (Floor & Upper Level)
  • Customs (Arrivals area)
  • Taxi & car rentals (Arrivals & Departures area of each terminal)
  • Buses (Arrivals & Departures area each terminal)
  • Duty Free (Floor & Upper Level)
  • Parking area

EAG Terminal:

  • General Aviation Apron
  • VIP Lounge
  • Pilot's Room
  • Passenger's Room

Terminals, airlines and destinations[edit]

North Gate of Terminal A.
South Gate of Terminal A.
Airport's Terminal C.
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aeroméxico Las Vegas, Mexico City, Tokyo-Narita
Seasonal: Cancún, Chicago-O'Hare
Aeroméxico Connect Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Houston-Intercontinental, León/El Bajío, Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Mexicali, Mexico City, Miami, New York-JFK, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, San Antonio, San José del Cabo, San Luis Potosí, Tampico, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Veracruz
Seasonal: Ciudad del Carmen
Aeroméxico Express Mérida, Tampico, Veracruz, Villahermosa B
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami (begins June 4, 2015)[5] A North
Copa Airlines Panama City A South
Delta Air Lines Detroit B
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles B
Interjet Cancún, Ciudad del Carmen, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Toluca/Mexico City, Veracruz, Villahermosa A North
Interjet Houston-Intercontinental, Las Vegas, San Antonio A South
Magnicharters Acapulco, Cancún, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mazatlán, San José del Cabo, Puerto Vallarta A North
Magnicharters Las Vegas, Orlando A South
TAR Aerolineas Aguascalientes, Durango, Puerto Vallarta, Queretaro, Tampico A North
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental A South
VivaAerobus Acapulco, Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Dallas/Fort Worth, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Houston-Intercontinental, Las Vegas, León/El Bajío, Mazatlán, Mérida, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, San Antonio, San José del Cabo, Tampico, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Puerto Escondido
Volaris Acapulco, Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Mazatlán, Mérida, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, San José del Cabo, Tampico, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa A North

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Amerijet International Mexico City
AeroUnion Los Angeles, Mexico City
Estafeta Chihuahua, San Luis Potosí
FedEx Memphis
MasAir Mexico City
Regional Cargo Mexico City, Querétaro
UPS Austin

Busiest routes[edit]

Main airport corridor.
Airport Corridor.
Tunnel to the Gates.
Busiest domestic routes from Monterrey International Airport (2013)
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 1,223,512 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  Quintana Roo, Cancún 335,761 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3  Jalisco, Guadalajara 247,415 Steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  México (state), Toluca 107,106 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris
5  Sonora, Hermosillo 70,646 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
6  Chihuahua, Chihuahua 67,008 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
7  Veracruz, Veracruz 64,114 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
8  Guanajuato, León 63,213 Decrease 2 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
9  Sinaloa, Culiacán 61,175 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
10  Tamaulipas, Tampico 59,366 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
11  Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 58,378 Decrease 2 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
12  Baja California, Tijuana 57,666 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris
13  Tabasco, Villahermosa 52,629 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
14  Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta 47,142 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect, Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, Volaris
15  Yucatán, Mérida 41,901 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
Busiest international routes from Monterrey International Airport (2013)[6]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1  United States, Dallas 135,241 Increase 1 American Airlines
2  United States, Houston 126,797 Decrease 1 United Express, VivaAerobus
3  United States, Atlanta 42,549 Increase 1 Delta Connection
4  United States, Las Vegas 36,029 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni
5  United States, San Antonio 30,450 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet
6  United States, Chicago 23,639 Increase 2 Aeroméxico, SkyWest Airlines
7  United States, Detroit 22,008 Decrease 1 Delta Connection
8  Panama, Panama City 12,915 Decrease 1 Copa Airlines
9  United States, Orlando 5,794 Steady Magni
10  United States, Laredo 3,691 Increase 5 Aeroméxico Connect
11  Cuba, Havana 3,162 Increase 2 Interjet
12  Costa Rica, San Jose 1,520 Decrease 1 formerly TACA Airlines
13  United States, Brownsville 807 Decrease 3 Aeroméxico Connect
14  United States, Denver 191 Steady
15  United States, New Orleans 95

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On February 11, 2010, Click Mexicana Flight 7222, operated by Fokker 100 XA-SHJ suffered an undercarriage malfunction on approach to Quetzalcóatl International Airport, Nuevo Laredo. A low fly-past confirmed that both main gears had not deployed. The aircraft diverted to Monterrey. It was substantially damaged in the landing, having departed the runway and spun through 180°.[7]
  • On April 13, 2010 an Aerounion – Aerotransporte de Carga Union Airbus A-300B4-200, registration XA-TUE performing a freight flight, AeroUnion Flight 302 from Mexico (Mexico) to Monterrey (Mexico) with 5 crew, crashed on approach to land on General Mariano Escobedo International Airport's runway 11. The aircraft came to rest on a highway at around 23:30L (04:30Z Apr 14). All on board perished, 1 person in a truck on the highway was also reported killed, the airplane was destroyed after a large fire broke out.[8]
  • On November 24, 2010 a Mexican Air Force AN-32 cargo flight crashed when taking off from General Mariano Escobedo International Airport for a flight to Mexico City. All 5 crew members died.
  • On December 9, 2012, a Learjet 25 carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera and 4 other passengers, plus 2 crew, crashed 7 minutes after take-off, while on its way to Toluca. All seven occupants died.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aeromexico increases its connectivity to provide additional benefits to all of its clients", Press Release, Aeromexico, May 7, 2014
  2. ^ Passenger Statistics
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte. Retrieved on February 18, 2011. "Headquarters Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey, Zona de Carga Aérea Carretera Miguel Alemán Km. 24 S/N Apodaca, NL., México. CP 66600."
  4. ^ "Contact." VivaAerobus. Retrieved on August 29, 2010. "HEADQUARTERS: Aeropuerto de Monterrey, Terminal C, Zona de carga Carretera Miguel Alemán Km. 24 Apodaca, Nuevo León, México C.P. 66600"
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Air Operational Statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  7. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Click Mexicana F100 at Monterrey on Feb 11th 2010, landed without main gear". Aviation Herald. Retrieved February 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ "6 muertos in Monterrey". 
  9. ^ Planas, Roque (December 9, 2012). "Jenni Rivera Dies In Plane Crash Leaving No Survivors". Huffington Post. 

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