Culiacán International Airport

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Culiacán International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Culiacán
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte
Serves Culiacán and Navolato
Location Bachigualato, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Elevation AMSL 108 ft / 33 m
Coordinates 24°45′52″N 107°28′28″W / 24.76444°N 107.47444°W / 24.76444; -107.47444Coordinates: 24°45′52″N 107°28′28″W / 24.76444°N 107.47444°W / 24.76444; -107.47444
Website official website
CUL is located in Mexico
Location of airport in Mexico
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 7,546 2,300 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Total Passengers 1,726,654
Ranking in Mexico 10th Decrease
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte

Federal of Bachigualato 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 2015, Culiacán airport handled 1,432,315 passengers, and in 2016 it handled 1,726,654 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.


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]

The Main Terminal is used for all commercial flights, domestic and international. It has two jetways and 3 remote positions.

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
Aeromar Guadalajara, Hermosillo
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City
Aero Pacífico San José del Cabo
Calafia Airlines Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Mexicali, Monterrey
Interjet Guadalajara, Mexico City, Tijuana
TAR Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Mexicali (begins September 11, 2017),[1] Hermosillo (begins September 11, 2017)[1]
VivaAerobus Guadalajara, La Paz, Monterrey, San José del Cabo, Tijuana (resumes November 1, 2017)[2]
Volaris Guadalajara, Mexicali, Mexico City, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, San José del Cabo, Tijuana


Airlines Destinations
Estafeta San Luis Potosí, Tijuana

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes at Culiacán International Airport (2016)[3]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  Baja California, Tijuana 306,953 Increase 1 Interjet, Volaris
2  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 264,033 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris
3  Nuevo León, Monterrey 81,850 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  Jalisco, Guadalajara 74,753 Steady Aeromar, Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5  Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 39,426 Steady Aero Pacífico, VivaAerobus, Volaris
6  Baja California Sur, La Paz 24,749 Increase 1 Aéreo Calafia, TAR, VivaAerobus
7  Sonora, Hermosillo 17,565 Decrease 1 Aeromar, Aeroméxico Connect, TAR
8  Baja California, Mexicali 15,406 Increase 3 Aéreo Calafia, Volaris
9  Chihuahua, Chihuahua 10,845 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, TAR
10  Querétaro, Querétaro 230 Increase 4

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[4]
  • 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.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "TAR - Vuelo redondo de MXL" (Web) (in Spanish). TAR Aerolineas. Retrieved June 25, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Viva Aerobus announces new route Culiacán-Tijuana" (in Spanish). El Debate. July 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Air carrier operational statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2017. Archived from the original on October 16, 2016. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Plane crashes in Sinaloa, 9 dead (in Spanish)". La Jornada. July 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Plane plummets in Culiacán Airport (in Spanish)". Linea Directa Portal. April 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 

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