Culiacán International Airport
|Bachigualato Federal International Airport|
Aeropuerto Internacional Federal de Bachigualato
Culiacán International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Culiacán
|Operator||Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte|
|Serves||Culiacán and Navolato|
|Location||Bachigualato, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico|
|Elevation AMSL||108 ft / 33 m|
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.
- 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
- 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.
The Main Terminal is used for all commercial flights, domestic and international. It has two jetways and 3 remote positions.
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
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
|Aeroméxico Connect|| Mexico City |
Seasonal: Tijuana (resumes December 14, 2018)
|Calafia Airlines||Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Mexicali, Monterrey|
|Interjet||Guadalajara, Mexico City, Tijuana|
|TAR||Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Mexicali, Hermosillo|
|VivaAerobus|| Guadalajara, La Paz, Mexico City (begins December 13, 2018) Monterrey, San José del Cabo, Tijuana|
|Volaris||Guadalajara, Mexicali, Mexico City, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, San José del Cabo, Tijuana|
|Estafeta||San Luis Potosí, Tijuana|
|1||Baja California, Tijuana||330,707||Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|2||Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City||284,294||Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris|
|3||Jalisco, Guadalajara||115,851||1||Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|4||Nuevo León, Monterrey||69,453||1||Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobus|
|5||Baja California Sur, Los Cabos||45,504||Aero Pacífico, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|6||Baja California, Mexicali||42,598||2||Calafia Airlines, TAR, Volaris|
|7||Baja California Sur, La Paz||26,977||1||Calafia Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus|
|8||Sonora, Hermosillo||10,579||1||Interjet, TAR|
|9||Chihuahua, Chihuahua||9,563||Interjet, TAR, VivaAerobus|
Accidents and incidents
|Wikinews has related news: Nine dead as plane crashes into cars in Mexico|
- 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.
- 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.
- "Aeromexico announces seasonal flights from Tijuana" (in Spanish). EnElAire. September 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
- "Viva Aerobus launches four new routes" (in Spanish). EnElAire. September 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
- "Operational Statistics of Airports in the ASA Network" (in Spanish). Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares. January 2018. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
- "Plane crashes in Sinaloa, 9 dead (in Spanish)". La Jornada. July 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
- "Plane plummets in Culiacán Airport (in Spanish)". Linea Directa Portal. April 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
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