Bachigualato Federal International Airport
|Culiacán International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Culiacán
|Operator||Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte|
|Serves||Culiacán and Navolato|
|Location||Bachigualato, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||108 ft / 33 m|
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: CUL, ICAO: 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.
- 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 only 2 terminals.
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.
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
|Aero Pacífico||San José del Cabo||Remote|
|Aeroméxico||Mexico City, Tijuana
|Aeroméxico Connect||Hermosillo, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey
Seasonal: Chihuahua, Los Angeles
|A / B / 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)||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|
|Estafeta||San Luis Potosí, Tijuana|
|1||Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City||235,343||1||Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris|
|2||Baja California, Tijuana||234,243||1||Interjet, Volaris|
|3||Nuevo León, Monterrey||66,076||Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|4||Jalisco, Guadalajara||54,938||Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris|
|5||Sonora, Hermosillo||29,648||1||Aeroméxico Connect|
|6||Baja California Sur, La Paz||23,816||1||Aéreo Calafia, VivaAerobus, Viva Aerobus|
|7||Baja California Sur, Los Cabos||21,318||Aero Pacífico, Aéreo Calafia, Aéreo Servicio Guerrero, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|8||Baja California Sur, Loreto||1,133||Aéreo Calafia|
|9||San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí||140||2|
|10||Sinaloa, Los Mochis||107||1|
Incidents and accidents
- 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.
|Wikinews has related news: Nine dead as plane crashes into cars in Mexico|
- 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.
- "Live a TAR experience with these special fares to/from Culiacán (in Spanish)". Transportes Aéreos Regionales. July 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
- "Air Operational Statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- "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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Culiacán International Airport.|
- Airport information for MMCL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- Official Culiacán Airport website—(English)
- Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte de México