Bachigualato Federal International Airport

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Culiacán International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Culiacán
Culiacan International Airport new façade.jpg


CUL is located in Mexico
Location of airport in Mexico
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte
Serves Culiacán and Navolato
Location Bachigualato, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 108 ft / 33 m
Coordinates 24°45′52″N 107°28′28″W / 24.76444°N 107.47444°W / 24.76444; -107.47444
Website official website
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 7,546 2,300 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Total Passengers 1,307,717
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte

Bachigualato Federal International Airport or commonly named Culiacán International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Federal de Bachigualato or Aeropuerto Internacional de Culiacán), (IATA: CULICAO: MMCL) 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 2013, Culiacán airport handled 1,252,235 passengers, and in 2014 it handled 1,307,717 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[when?] 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 only 2 terminals.

Main Terminal[edit]

It's the main building used for the commercial flights, domestics and foreigners. With two crystal jetways and 3 remote positions, there's space for operate all domestics flights. The only international destination from this airport is to Los Angeles-LAX with Aeroméxico Connect.

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]

Airlines Destinations Position
Aero Pacífico San José del Cabo Remote
Aeroméxico Mexico City, Tijuana
Seasonal: Guadalajara
Aeroméxico Connect Hermosillo, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey
Seasonal: Chihuahua, Los Angeles
A / B / Remote
Aeroméxico Express Guadalajara Remote
Aéreo Calafia La Paz, San José del Cabo Remote
Aéreo Servicio Guerrero San José del Cabo Remote
Interjet Mexico City, Tijuana A / Remote
TAR Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, La Paz (all begin October 22, 2015)[1] n/a
VivaAerobus La Paz, Monterrey, San José del Cabo Remote
Volaris Guadalajara, La Paz, Mexico City, Monterrey, San José del Cabo, Tijuana A / B / Remote

Cargo Airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Estafeta San Luis Potosí, Tijuana

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes at Culiacán International Airport (2014)[2]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 235,343 Increase 1 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris
2  Baja California, Tijuana 234,243 Decrease 1 Interjet, Volaris
3  Nuevo León, Monterrey 66,076 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  Jalisco, Guadalajara 54,938 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris
5  Sonora, Hermosillo 29,648 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect
6  Baja California Sur, La Paz 23,816 Decrease 1 Aéreo Calafia, VivaAerobus, Viva Aerobus
7  Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 21,318 Steady Aero Pacífico, Aéreo Calafia, Aéreo Servicio Guerrero, VivaAerobus, Volaris
8  Baja California Sur, Loreto 1,133 Steady Aéreo Calafia
9  San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí 140 Increase 2
10  Sinaloa, Los Mochis 107 Decrease 1

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On July 5, 2007, a twin-engined 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.[3]
  • 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.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Live a TAR experience with these special fares to/from Culiacán (in Spanish)". Transportes Aéreos Regionales. July 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Air Operational Statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Plane crashes in Sinaloa, 9 dead (in Spanish)". La Jornada. July 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Plane plummets in Culiacán Airport (in Spanish)". Linea Directa Portal. April 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 

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