Monterrey International Airport

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General Mariano Escobedo International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Mariano Escobedo
Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte
Serves Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Location Apodaca, Nuevo Leon
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 1,280 ft / 390 m
Coordinates 25°46′42″N 100°06′23″W / 25.77833°N 100.10639°W / 25.77833; -100.10639Coordinates: 25°46′42″N 100°06′23″W / 25.77833°N 100.10639°W / 25.77833; -100.10639
MTY is located in Mexico
Location of airport in Mexico
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 9,843 3,000 Asphalt
16/34 5,909 1,801 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Total Passengers 9,178,533 Increase 8.47%
Ranking in Mexico 4th Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte

Monterrey International Airport, (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey); ceremonial name General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (IATA: MTYICAO: MMMY), is an international airport located in Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico. Together with Del Norte International Airport, the airport handles domestic and international operations for the city of Monterrey and its metropolitan area.

There are almost 300 daily flights to more than 35 destinations in Mexico and the United States. It is considered as the country's fourth most important airport in terms of passengers handled and operations per year, after Mexico City, Cancún and Guadalajara.

The airport serves as a hub for Aeroméxico/Aeroméxico Connect,[1] Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, and Volaris and a focus city for Interjet. Airport terminals were renovated and expanded in 2003 and 2007.

It's also one of the fastest growing airports in Mexico: in 2016, the airport handled 9,178,533 passengers, a 70% increase in 6 years.[2]

Terminal configurations[edit]

  • Terminal A, consists of a building comprising check-in facilities, baggage claiming, shopping areas, restaurants, customs, airport and airline offices, as many other services, while the satellite building connected via underground tunnels comprises all the VIP and waiting lounges, migration among other services as well as obviously the boarding gates. The Satellite building, is divided into two concourses, North Concourse for domestic flights (Gates A1-A15), while South Concourse comprises all the international flights that operate into the airport (Gates B3-B8). Several flights are delayed day by day due to the lack of free contact and even remote positions, as the ones capable of handling large aircraft such as the Boeing 767. Nevertheless, Terminal C and Terminal B work as a relief system for this terminal. There are future plans to remodel and expand the Satellite building, adding at least 4 new jetways and 3 remote positions.
  • Terminal B, considered as the second most modern air facility in the country (only behind the Mexico City's Terminal 2), it was opened on September 2010. The terminal comprise 8 gates, 6 of which are equipped with jetways and 2 apron-doors which might be used by Aeroméxico's feeder airline Aeroméxico Connect. The terminal house all operations of the Sky Team member airlines, similar to Terminal 2 in Mexico City International Airport. The airport terminal is able to handle up to 2 million passengers per year, and allows the airport to free some slots for new airlines to operate into Terminal A.
  • Terminal C, inaugurated on November 30, 2006, houses the operations from low cost carrier serving the airport, VivaAerobus. This terminal works completely independent to Terminal A, opposite to Terminal B functionality.
  • Air Cargo Terminal, recently launched the "Air Cargo Terminal", which has 6 hectares (15 acres) for operations. Courier companies operating nationally and abroad, notably FedEx, DHL, UPS, Estafeta.

Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, the airport company operating this airport, has its headquarters in the air cargo zone.[3]


Diagram of the Monterrey Airport terminals

The airport resides at an elevation of 1280 feet (390 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 11/29 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 45 metres (9,843 ft × 148 ft). A second runway which is rarely used is designated 16/34 and also has an asphalt surface with a stretch of 1,801 by 30 metres (5,909 ft × 98 ft). The main runway, 11/29, has an ILS approach system and has its own VHF omnidirectional radio range (VOR) and DME station. It is also capable of handling aircraft such as the Boeing 747-400, but due to the lack of remote positions, this airport is mainly used by smaller aircraft. In September 2014, Monterrey commenced its first intercontinental flight in years when Aeromexico begins flying its Boeing 787 Dreamliner four days a week to Tokyo-Narita as a fuel stop to flights between Mexico City International Airport and Tokyo-Narita. Aeromexico stated that the flight will last while Tijuana International Airport, the usual gateway to Mexico from Asia, makes improvements to its runway. Monterrey was selected due to its importance to the country's economy and for being a popular business destination.

  • Terminal A: 9 contact positions, 12 remote positions
  • Terminal B: 6 contact positions, 7 remote positions
  • Terminal C: 8 remote positions
    • VivaAerobus has its corporate headquarters in the Cargo Zone of Terminal C[4]
  • Number of jetways: 9 (Terminal A), 6 (Terminal B)
  • Number of baggage claiming carousels: 4

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aeroméxico Las Vegas, Mexico City, New York–JFK, Seoul–Incheon (begins May 27, 2017)[5]
Seasonal: Cancún, Chicago–O'Hare
Aeroméxico Connect Aguascalientes, Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Detroit (begins May 1, 2017),[6][7] Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Houston–Intercontinental, León/El Bajío, Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Mexico City, New York–JFK, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tampico, Tijuana, Toluca, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Ciudad del Carmen, Denver
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami A
Copa Airlines Panama City A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit B
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles B
Interjet Cancún, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, Havana, Houston–Intercontinental, Las Vegas, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Toluca, San Antonio A
Magnicharters Acapulco, Cancún, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Las Vegas, Mazatlán, Orlando, San José del Cabo, Puerto Vallarta A
TAR Chihuahua, Cuernavaca, Durango, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, Tampico A
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental A
VivaAerobus Acapulco, Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Houston–Intercontinental, La Paz, León/El Bajío, Mazatlán, Mérida, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo, Tampico, Tijuana (begins July 1, 2017),[8] Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Las Vegas
A, C
Volaris Acapulco, Cancún, Chicago-O'Hare, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, León/El Bajío, Denver, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Mazatlán, Mérida, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, San José del Cabo, Tampico, Tijuana, Toluca, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz A


Airlines Destinations
Amerijet International Mexico City
AeroUnion Los Angeles, Mexico City
DHL Aviation
operated by ABX Air
Estafeta Chihuahua, San Luis Potosí
FedEx Memphis
MasAir Mexico City
Regional Cargo Mexico City, Querétaro
UPS Austin

Busiest routes[edit]

North Gate of Terminal A.
Airport's Terminal B.
Airport's Terminal C.
Busiest domestic routes from Monterrey International Airport (2015)
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 1,529,196 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  Quintana Roo, Cancún 429,920 Steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3  Jalisco, Guadalajara 278,182 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  Guanajuato, León 110,693 Increase 4 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Viva Aerobus
5  Sonora, Hermosillo 100,946 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
6  Chihuahua, Chihuahua 93,351 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, TAR, VivaAerobus, Volaris
7  Querétaro, Querétaro 89,777 Increase 4 Aeroméxico Connect, TAR, Volaris
8  Veracruz, Veracruz 89,145 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect, Aeroméxico Express, Interjet, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
9  México (state), Toluca 86,081 Decrease 3 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet
10  Tabasco, Villahermosa 80,686 Increase 3 Aeroméxico Express, Interjet, VivaAerobus
11  Tamaulipas, Tampico 77,703 Decrease 4 Aeroméxico Connect, Aeroméxico Express, TAR, VivaAerobus
12  Sinaloa, Culiacán 72,912 Decrease 2 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
13  Baja California, Tijuana 71,759 Increase 2 Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris
14  Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta 69,428 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Magni, TAR, VivaAerobus, Volaris
15  Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 66,792 Decrease 3 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus
Busiest international routes from Monterrey International Airport (2015)[9]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1  United States, Houston 177,020 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, United Express, VivaAerobus
2  United States, Dallas 118,974 Steady American Airlines, VivaAerobus
3  United States, Atlanta 64,918 Steady Delta Connection
4  United States, Las Vegas 58,994 Steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus
5  Japan, Tokyo 43,096 Increase 3 Aeroméxico
6  United States, Chicago 36,844 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico, United Express
7  United States, San Antonio 34,276 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus
8  United States, New York 26,968 Increase 3 Aeroméxico
9  United States, Miami 23,858 Aeroméxico Connect, American Airlines
10  Panama, Panama City 15,912 Decrease 3 Copa Airlines
11  United States, Detroit 4,216 Decrease 2 Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection
12  Cuba, Havana 2,290 Increase 1 Interjet
13  United States, Orlando 2,236 Decrease 3 Magni
14  United States, Baltimore 91
15  Aruba, Oranjestad 71

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On February 11, 2010, Click Mexicana Flight 7222, operated by Fokker 100 XA-SHJ suffered an undercarriage malfunction on approach to Quetzalcóatl International Airport, Nuevo Laredo. A low fly-past confirmed that both main gears had not deployed. The aircraft diverted to Monterrey. It was substantially damaged in the landing, having departed the runway and spun through 180°.[10]
  • On April 13, 2010 an Aerounion – Aerotransporte de Carga Union Airbus A-300B4-200, registration XA-TUE performing a freight flight, AeroUnion Flight 302 from Mexico (Mexico) to Monterrey (Mexico) with 5 crew, crashed on approach to land on General Mariano Escobedo International Airport's runway 11. The aircraft came to rest on a highway at around 23:30L (04:30Z Apr 14). All on board perished, 1 person in a truck on the highway was also reported killed, the airplane was destroyed after a large fire broke out.[11]
  • On November 24, 2010 a Mexican Air Force AN-32 cargo flight crashed when taking off from General Mariano Escobedo International Airport for a flight to Mexico City. All 5 crew members died.
  • On December 9, 2012, a Learjet 25 carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera and 4 other passengers, and 2 crew, crashed 7 minutes after take-off, while on its way to Toluca. All seven occupants died.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aeromexico increases its connectivity to provide additional benefits to all of its clients", Press Release, Aeromexico, May 7, 2014
  2. ^ "Airports Operational Statistics". SCT. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte. Retrieved on February 18, 2011. "Headquarters Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey, Zona de Carga Aérea Carretera Miguel Alemán Km. 24 S/N Apodaca, NL., México. CP 66600."
  4. ^ "Contact." VivaAerobus. Retrieved on August 29, 2010. "HEADQUARTERS: Aeropuerto de Monterrey, Terminal C, Zona de carga Carretera Miguel Alemán Km. 24 Apodaca, Nuevo León, México C.P. 66600"
  5. ^ "Aeroméxico announces new flight to Seoul, Korea" (in Spanish). EnElAire. January 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Aeroméxico announces new route Monterrey – Detroit (in Spanish)". EnElAire. September 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "AeroMexico moves Monterrey – Detroit launch to May 2017". routesonline. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Viva Aerobus - Book your flight: Tijuana to Monterrey Terminal C" (Web). Viva Aerobus. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Air Operational Statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2016. 
  10. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Click Mexicana F100 at Monterrey on Feb 11th 2010, landed without main gear". Aviation Herald. Retrieved February 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "6 muertos in Monterrey". 
  12. ^ Planas, Roque (December 9, 2012). "Jenni Rivera Dies In Plane Crash Leaving No Survivors". Huffington Post. 

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