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 Contigo operated by 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 operated by Envoy Air 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 operated by ExpressJet Airlines 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 operated by ExpressJet Airlines Houston-Intercontinental 1 A
US Airways Phoenix 1 A
US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines 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 (begins March 23, 2015),[4] Las Vegas, Los Angeles, 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 (begins March 26, 2015),[4] 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 (2013)
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 1,141,827 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  Baja California, Tijuana 486,578 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris
3  Nuevo León, Monterrey 250,442 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  Quintana Roo, Cancún 200,249 Steady Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5  Sonora, Hermosillo 101,406 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
6  Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 99,574 Increase 3 Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
7  Baja California, Mexicali 82,156 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico, Volaris
8  Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 75,073 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
9  Sinaloa, Culiacán 57,861 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris
10  Baja California Sur, La Paz 52,701 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
Busiest international routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2013)[5]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  United States, Los Angeles 740,325 Steady Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Volaris
2  United States, San Jose 98,895 Increase 2 Alaska Airlines, Volaris
3  United States, Dallas 86,593 Increase 2 American Airlines, American Eagle
4  United States, Houston 84,624 Decrease 2 United Airlines, United Express
5  United States, Phoenix 81,037 Decrease 2 US Airways, US Airways Express, Volaris
6  United States, Chicago (airports Midway and O'Hare)[Nota 1] 70,570 Increase 2 Aeroméxico, Volaris
7  United States, Oakland 69,153 Steady Volaris
8  United States, Fresno 67,412 Increase 1 Aeroméxico, Volaris
9  United States, Atlanta 60,776 Increase 1 Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection
10  United States, Las Vegas 52,613 Decrease 4 Aeroméxico, Volaris
  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. ^ a b
  5. ^ "Air Operational Statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 

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