Bajío International Airport

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Guanajuato International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional del Bajío
Aeropuerto-guanajuato.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorGrupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico
ServesLeón, Guanajuato
LocationSilao, Guanajuato
Elevation AMSL5,956 ft / 1,815 m
Coordinates20°59′36″N 101°28′51″W / 20.99333°N 101.48083°W / 20.99333; -101.48083
Website[1]
Map
BJX is located in Mexico
BJX
BJX
Location of airport in Mexico
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 11,480 3,499 Asphalt
Statistics (2021)
Total passengers2,119,000
Ranking in Mexico8th Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico

Bajío International Airport, officially known as Aeropuerto Internacional de Guanajuato (Guanajuato International Airport) (IATA: BJX, ICAO: MMLO), is an international airport located in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico. It handles national and international air traffic for the area that includes the city of León and the state capital, Guanajuato. Guanajuato International Airport is an important connecting point for some flights from Mexico City to the United States.

The general director announced plans to build a cargo terminal and to construct of a second runway. The facility replaced the San Carlos Airport which is now part of the urban center of León. In late 2015, work began on the construction of a parallel taxiway that would run the length of the runway. In August 2016, the airport opened its first and only VIP lounge, while in January 2017, work began on the modernization of the entire terminal, including expansion of the departures level as well as relocation of the customs and immigration checkpoint. Work was completed in mid-2018.

It is one of the ten busiest airports in Mexico; it handled 1,387,700 passengers in 2020 and 2,119,000 passengers in 2021, an increase of 52.7% from previous year.[1]

Airport terminal
Airport's gate
Volaris Airbus A319 at the airport
Airport's landside.
Waiting room.
Departures area.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City
American AirlinesDallas/Fort Worth
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental
United ExpressChicago–O'Hare
VivaAerobúsCancún, Chicago–O'Hare, Ciudad Juárez, Houston–Intercontinental, Mérida (begins December 18, 2022),[2] Monterrey, San Antonio, Tijuana
VolarisCancún, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Fresno, Los Angeles, Mérida (resumes November 18, 2022), Mexicali, Oakland, Puerto Vallarta, Sacramento, San Jose (CA), San José del Cabo, Tijuana

Destinations map[edit]

Destinations map
Domestic destinations from Bajío International Airport
Red = Year-round destination
Blue = Future destination
Green = Seasonal destination
Italic = Suspended destination
International destinations from Bajío International Airport
Red = Year-round destination
Blue = Future destination
Green = Seasonal/charter destination
Italic = Suspended passenger destination

Statistics[edit]

Passengers[edit]

Bajío airport passengers. See source Wikidata query.

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes at Del Bajío International Airport (2021)[3]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  Baja California, Tijuana 277,080 Steady VivaAerobús, Volaris
2  Quintana Roo, Cancún 162,576 Steady VivaAerobús, Volaris
3  Mexico City, Mexico City 134,388 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect
4  Nuevo León, Monterrey 57,514 Steady VivaAerobús
5  Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 50,587 Steady VivaAerobús
6  Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta 26,265 Steady Volaris
7  Baja California Sur, San José del Cabo 20,127 Steady Volaris
8  Baja California, Mexicali 15,250 Steady Volaris
Busiest international routes at León International Airport (2021)[3]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  United States, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare)[Note 1] 58,652 Increase 2 United Express, VivaAerobús, Volaris
2  United States, Houston 87,395 Steady United Airlines, VivaAerobús
3  United States, Dallas 61,878 Decrease 2 American Airlines
4  United States, Los Angeles 25,089 Steady Volaris
5  United States, Oakland 24,022 Steady Volaris
6  United States, Sacramento 11,210 Steady Volaris
7  United States, Fresno 10,356 Increase 1 Volaris
8  United States, San Jose 9,192 Decrease 1 Volaris
9  United States, San Antonio 8,027 Viva Aerobus
10  United States, Kansas City 45
Notes
  1. ^ The official statistics include both Midway and O'Hare airports.

Services[edit]

Car rental[edit]

  • Veico Car Rental[4]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 17 September 2021, a VivaAerobús Airbus A320-200, registered XA-VAP, experienced an engine failure shortly after takeoff from El Bajío. The aircraft landed safely after circling the airport and burning fuel for 25 minutes.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Traffic Report" (PDF). Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. January 2022. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  2. ^ "Viva Aerobus inaugurates new operating base in Mérida". EnElAire (in Spanish). August 2022. Retrieved August 30, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (in Spanish). January 2022. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  4. ^ Veico Car Rental
  5. ^ "VivaAerobus suffers engine failure shortly after take-off Mexican airport". 19 September 2021.

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