Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport
|Guadalajara International Airport|
Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara
GDL Airport Front View
|Owner||Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico|
|Operator||Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico|
|Location||Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||1,529 m / 5,016 ft|
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico
Guadalajara International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara), officially known as Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla) (IATA: GDL, ICAO: MMGL, FAA LID: GDL), is the main airport of Mexico's second-largest city Guadalajara. Opened in 1966, it is located 16 km south of the city center. In 2016 it handled 11,395,800 passengers, and in 2017 it handled 12,808,000. 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 consists of two runways and one terminal. It is also a major airport for connections, being a hub for Volaris, for which it is a primary gateway to the United States, and as well Aeroméxico. It is also a focus city for Interjet, and 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 Passenger Terminal is used by all airlines for international and domestic flights. The terminal has Customs facilities. It also has 12 jetways on Concourse A and Concourse C. There are also 27 remote parking positions.
The Cargo Terminal was recently expanded and has a capacity to store approximately 350,000 tons of goods annually in its 27,000 square meters. It has 6 positions that can handle any kind of major aircraft.
Airlines and destinations
|1||Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City||1,504,702||Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|2||Baja California, Tijuana||874,950||Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|3||Quintana Roo, Cancún||393,526||Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|4||Nuevo León, Monterrey||362,703||Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|5||Sonora, Hermosillo||186,147||Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|6||Baja California Sur, Los Cabos||139,342||Calafia Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|7||Baja California, Mexicali||135,993||VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|8||Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez||128,161||VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|9||Sinaloa, Culiacán||118,659||1||Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|10||Baja California Sur, La Paz||117,858||1||Calafia Airlines, Interjet, Viva Aerobus, Volaris|
|11||Veracruz, Veracruz||86,069||Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|12||Chihuahua, Chihuahua||82,978||1||Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|13||Yucatán, Mérida||72,211||1||VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|14||Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez||57,488||Calafia Airlines, TAR, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|15||Tabasco, Villahermosa||49,941||VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|16||Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta||44,017||Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Interjet, TAR, VivaAerobus|
|17||México (state), Toluca||36,877||2||Interjet, TAR|
|19||Sonora, Ciudad Obregón||27,363||2||Volaris|
|1||United States, Los Angeles||402,720||Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|2||United States, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare)[Note 1]||149,084||Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris|
|3||United States, San Jose||135,176||Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Volaris|
|4||United States, Houston||127,557||United Airlines, United Express, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|5||United States, Sacramento||104,002||1||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|6||United States, Fresno||102,019||1||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|7||United States, Dallas||100,611||American Eagle, Volaris|
|8||United States, San Francisco||73,210||2||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|9||United States, Las Vegas||72,232||1||Interjet, Volaris|
|10||United States, Ontario||67,184||1||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|11||United States, Oakland||59,448||1||Volaris|
|12||United States, Phoenix–Sky Harbor||57,112||1||American Airlines, American Eagle, Volaris|
|13||United States, Atlanta||51,123||Aeroméxico Connect, Delta Air Lines|
|14||United States, Portland||30,706||1||Volaris|
|15||United States, New York||26,241||1||Volaris|
|16||United States, Seattle||25,398||9||Volaris|
|17||United States, San Antonio||25,272||3||Interjet, Volaris|
|18||Panama, Panama City||23,401||1||Copa Airlines|
|19||United States, Miami||21,584||Volaris|
|20||Costa Rica, San Jose||21,140||1||Volaris Costa Rica|
- The official statistics include both Midway and O'Hare airports.
Recently the Expansion Projects are being delayed because of conflicts with the locals and several protests were made blocking the parking lot access many times. This project includes new and better access to the terminal and it would take 3 years to build the 2nd runway (includes 2 years of terrain preparation and 1 to build the base and pave it). The locals say that The Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico has debt to the terrain the airport sits on because of expropriation of land which was taken from the locals in 1975 to build the airport. This terrain consists of the Airports polygon plus 320 hectares Of which 51 hectares will be used to build the Second runway. GAP urged the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation to resolve the problems delaying the Airport's 2nd runway construction. With this new runway and the expansion of the Terminal 1 Concourse A and C the airport will handle over 40 Million passengers . If not negotiated the next step could be another expropriation to complete the project.
Accidents and incidents
- On June 2, 1958, Aeronaves de México Flight 111, a Lockheed L-749A Constellation (registration XA-MEV), crashed into La Latilla Mountain, 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the airport, shortly after takeoff for a flight to Mexico City, after the airliner′s crew failed to follow the established climb-out procedure for the airport after taking off. The crash killed all 45 people on board, and two prominent American scientists – oceanographer Townsend Cromwell and fisheries scientist Bell M. Shimada – were among the dead. It was the deadliest aviation accident in Mexican history at the time.
- Aeroméxico Flight 498: On August 31, 1986 an Aeroméxico DC-9 that originated from Mexico City and stopped at Guadalajara, Loreto and Tijuana collided with a private aircraft while attempting to land at Los Angeles International Airport.
- "Traffic Report" (PDF). Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. January 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
- Quarter Studios - Soluciones Digitales. "Aeropuerto de Guadalajara". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
- "More options to travel to Aguascalientes" (in Spanish). Transportes Aéreos Regionales. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
- "Viva Aerobus launches its new Puebla-Guadalajara route and integrates the Puebla-Puerto Vallarta seasonal route to its regular offer". Viva Aerobus. April 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- "Travel to Guadalajara from Charlotte or Albuquerque". Volaris. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
- "Operational Statistics of Airports in the ASA Network" (in Spanish). Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares. January 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
- Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
- preserveamerica.noaa.gov Bell Masayuki Shimada (1922-1958)
- nvcfoundation.org "NOAA Honors Nisei with Launch of Fisheries Vessel 'Bell M. Shimada,'" Japanese American Veterans Association, December 2008, Volume 58, Issue 11.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to International airport of Guadalajara, Mexico.|
- Grupo Aeroportuario del Pácifico
- AeropuertosMexico.com (in English)
- Airport information for MMGL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- FlightAware U.S. airport activity to/from: Don Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla Int'l (MMGL)
- A-Z World Airports: Don Miguel Hidalgo Airport (GDL/MMGL)
- TAR Aerolineas