Culiacán International Airport

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Bachigualato Federal International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Federal de Bachigualato
Culiacán International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Culiacán
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OperatorGrupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte
ServesCuliacán and Navolato
LocationBachigualato, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Elevation AMSL108 ft / 33 m
Coordinates24°45′52″N 107°28′28″W / 24.76444°N 107.47444°W / 24.76444; -107.47444Coordinates: 24°45′52″N 107°28′28″W / 24.76444°N 107.47444°W / 24.76444; -107.47444
WebsiteOfficial website
CUL is located in Sinaloa
CUL is located in Mexico
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,300 7,546 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Total Passengers1,909,651
Ranking in Mexico10th Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte

Bachigualato Federal International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Federal de Bachigualato, IATA: CUL, ICAO: MMCL), commonly named Culiacán International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de Culiacán), is an international airport located at Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. It handles the national and international air traffic of the city of Culiacán.

The airport, being the most important domestic gateway in the state of Sinaloa, and the second on international operations after Mazatlán International Airport, second before Los Mochis International Airport has undergone major construction consisting of a new terminal layout and a new boarding system. It has two jetways.

In 2016, Culiacán airport handled 1,726,654 passengers, and in 2017 it handled 1,909,651 passengers.

It is handled by Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte. This airport used to be operated by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico.

Bachigualato Federal International Airport is named after the neighborhood of Bachigualato, where the airport is located.

In favorable weather, flights from the Baja California peninsula and north arrive to runway 02, and flights from the rest of the country to runway 20.

The state executive announced plans to expand the airport and the construction of a second runway to support Boeing 777 landings.


Airport's new façade.
Airport's ticket counters.
Culiacán Airport Terminal map.
Airport's main corridor.
Culiacán International Airport.
  • Number of gates: 5
  • Contact positions: 5
  • Remote positions: 3
  • Number of jetways: 2
  • Number of halls: 2 (Domestic & International)
  • Number of baggage claiming carousels: 4 (Domestic & International gates)
  • Food court and bar (Upper Level)
  • Check-in area: (Boarding area & Ticket sales)
  • Customs (Arrivals area)
  • Taxi & car rentals (Main road & Domestic arrivals area)
  • Duty Free (Floor Level & Upper Lever)
  • Hotel service (offices):
    • Lucerna Hotel
    • Fideicomiso
  • Parking area
  • Aeroméxico offices (Floor Level & Country Courts)
  • Interjet offices (Floor Level)
  • VivaAerobus offices (Floor Level)
  • Volaris offices (Floor Level)


The CIA (Culiacán International Airport) has two terminals.

Main Terminal[edit]

The Main Terminal is used for all commercial flights, domestic and international. It has two jetways and 3 remote positions.

Terminal expansion[edit]

From February to November 2012, the airport began the work of expansion to the terminal building. The work consists of improve the operation, the airport functionality and the passenger comfort, with an expansion of 3,000m², including: the new terminal lobby and the growth in outpatient, remodeling of 2,500m² for passengers, reconfiguration of check-in point on upper level with 3 simultaneous check-in lines, the construction of a vertical circulation core in the front façade including a panoramic elevator, the growth of the waiting lounge area, the shopping area redesign and a projection of an image of modernity in its façade and inside it.

General Aviation Terminal[edit]

The General Aviation Terminal (also known as the Private Aviation Terminal) is located next to the Main Terminal. The Terminal is used for private planes, and helicopters.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aeroméxico Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City
Seasonal: Tijuana (resumes December 14, 2018)[1]
Calafia Airlines Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Mexicali, Monterrey
Interjet Guadalajara (ends November 30, 2018),[2] Mexico City, Tijuana
TAR Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Mexicali, Hermosillo
VivaAerobus Guadalajara, La Paz, Mexico City (begins December 13, 2018)[3] Monterrey, San José del Cabo, Tijuana
Seasonal: Chihuahua
Volaris Guadalajara, Mexicali, Mexico City, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, San José del Cabo, Tijuana


Estafeta San Luis Potosí, Tijuana

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes at Culiacán International Airport (2017)[4]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  Baja California, Tijuana 330,707 Steady Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 284,294 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris
3  Jalisco, Guadalajara 115,851 Increase 1 Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  Nuevo León, Monterrey 69,453 Decrease 1 Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobus
5  Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 45,504 Steady Aero Pacífico, VivaAerobus, Volaris
6  Baja California, Mexicali 42,598 Increase 2 Calafia Airlines, TAR, Volaris
7  Baja California Sur, La Paz 26,977 Decrease 1 Calafia Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus
8  Sonora, Hermosillo 10,579 Decrease 1 Interjet, TAR
9  Chihuahua, Chihuahua 9,563 Steady Interjet, TAR, VivaAerobus
10  Querétaro, Querétaro 260 Steady

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On July 5, 2007, a twin-engine Sabreliner cargo jet failed to take off from the airport due to a loss of control resulting from a tire blowout and slid off the runway onto a highway. Three people died on board the plane and six on the ground; five more were injured.[5]
  • On April 24, 2012, a Cessna 182 registered XBMPN for private use crashed in the airport few seconds after took off. The plane was heading to Chihuahua Airport and at the time of the crash was only manned by the pilot of the aircraft which resulted in only minor injuries. The aircraft remained in some trees at the end of the runway, still on airport property.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aeromexico announces seasonal flights from Tijuana" (in Spanish). EnElAire. September 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "Interjet cancels routes operated with SSJ100" (in Spanish). EnElAire. November 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Viva Aerobus launches four new routes" (in Spanish). EnElAire. September 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Operational Statistics of Airports in the ASA Network" (in Spanish). Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares. January 2018. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Plane crashes in Sinaloa, 9 dead (in Spanish)". La Jornada. July 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Plane plummets in Culiacán Airport (in Spanish)". Linea Directa Portal. April 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2013.

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