Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport

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Guadalajara International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara
Aeropuerto de Guadalajara 3.jpg
GDL Airport Front View
Airport type Public
Owner Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico
Serves Guadalajara, Jalisco
Location Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 1,529 m / 5,016 ft
Coordinates 20°31′18″N 103°18′40″W / 20.52167°N 103.31111°W / 20.52167; -103.31111Coordinates: 20°31′18″N 103°18′40″W / 20.52167°N 103.31111°W / 20.52167; -103.31111
Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara location map.png
Guadalajara airport diagram
GDL is located in Jalisco
Location of airport in Mexico
GDL is located in Mexico
GDL (Mexico)
GDL is located in North America
GDL (North America)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
02/20 1,818 5,964 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Total Passengers 12,808,000
Increase 12.4%
Ranking in Mexico 3rd Steady
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.[1] It is Mexico's third-busiest airport, after Mexico City International Airport and Cancún International Airport and second-busiest for cargo flights.[2]

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".


Airport's Main entrance.
Terminal Map.
Concourse A.
Main Corridor at the airport.
Platform of the airport.
Land side of the airport.
VIP Lounge (East) at the Airport.
VIP Lounge (East) at the Airport.
VIP Lounge (East) at the Airport.
Concourse A at the Airport.
Concourse A at the Airport.
Concourse A at the Airport.

Passenger terminal[edit]

The Passenger Terminal is used by all airlines for international and domestic flights.[3] The terminal has Customs facilities. It also has 12 jetways on Concourse A and Concourse C. There are also 27 remote parking positions.

Cargo Terminal[edit]

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[edit]


Aeromar Acapulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico City, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta
Aeroméxico Cancún, Chicago–O’Hare, Fresno, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Sacramento, San Francisco, San José (CA), Tijuana
Aeroméxico Connect Atlanta, Mexico City, Monterrey, Salt Lake City
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, San José (CA)
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth
Seasonal: Charlotte (begins January 6, 2019)[4]
American Eagle Phoenix-Sky Harbor
Calafia Airlines La Paz, Loreto, Los Mochis, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Interjet Cancún, Chicago–O'Hare, Chihuahua, Culiacán, Hermosillo, Las Vegas, La Paz, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, San Antonio, San Francisco, San José del Cabo, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Veracruz
Seasonal: Puerto Vallarta
Magnicharters Cancún
TAR Aerolineas Acapulco, Ciudad Obregón, Durango, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, Torreón/Gómez Palacio
Seasonal:[5] Aguascalientes
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental
United Express Houston–Intercontinental
VivaAerobus Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Hermosillo, La Paz, Los Angeles, Mérida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Puebla, Reynosa, Tampico, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: San José del Cabo
Volaris Albuquerque (begins November 17, 2018),[6] Austin, Cancún, Charlotte (begins November 22, 2018),[7] Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Cozumel, Culiacán, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fresno, Hermosillo, Houston–Intercontinental, Huatulco, La Paz, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Mochis, Mérida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, New York–JFK, Oakland, Oaxaca, Ontario, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), Puerto Escondido (begins November 15, 2018),[8] Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, San Antonio, San José (CA), San José del Cabo, Seattle/Tacoma, Tapachula (begins December 1, 2018),[9] Tijuana, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Milwaukee, San Francisco


Aeromexico Cargo Los Angeles, Mexico City
AeroUnion Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Mexico City
Air France Cargo Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Amerijet International Miami
Cargolux Houston–Intercontinental, Luxembourg
Cathay Pacific Cargo Anchorage, Hong Kong
DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Querétaro
Estafeta La Paz, San Luis Potosí
FedEx Express Memphis
Korean Air Cargo Seoul–Incheon, Vancouver
LATAM Cargo Mexico Bogotá, Los Angeles, Miami
Lufthansa Cargo Dallas/Fort Worth, Frankfurt
operated by Atlas Air
Huntsville, London–Stansted
UPS Airlines Louisville


Annual traffic[edit]

Annual Passenger Traffic
Year Passengers % Change
2010 6,953,900 Steady
2011 7,201,700 Increase 3.6%
2012 7,436,400 Increase 3.3%
2013 8,148,000 Increase 9.6%
2014 8,733,500 Increase 7.2%
2015 9,758,516 Increase 11.7%
2016 11,395,800 Increase 16.8%
2017 12,808,000 Increase 12.4%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2017)
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 1,504,702 Steady Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  Baja California, Tijuana 874,950 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3  Quintana Roo, Cancún 393,526 Steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  Nuevo León, Monterrey 362,703 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5  Sonora, Hermosillo 186,147 Steady Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
6  Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 139,342 Steady Calafia Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
7  Baja California, Mexicali 135,993 Steady VivaAerobus, Volaris
8  Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 128,161 Steady VivaAerobus, Volaris
9  Sinaloa, Culiacán 118,659 Increase 1 Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
10  Baja California Sur, La Paz 117,858 Decrease 1 Calafia Airlines, Interjet, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
11  Veracruz, Veracruz 86,069 Steady Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
12  Chihuahua, Chihuahua 82,978 Increase 1 Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
13  Yucatán, Mérida 72,211 Decrease 1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
14  Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 57,488 Steady Calafia Airlines, TAR, VivaAerobus, Volaris
15  Tabasco, Villahermosa 49,941 Steady VivaAerobus, Volaris
16  Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta 44,017 Steady Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Interjet, TAR, VivaAerobus
17  México (state), Toluca 36,877 Increase 2 Interjet, TAR
18  Tamaulipas, Reynosa 28,204 Decrease 1 VivaAerobus
19  Sonora, Ciudad Obregón 27,363 Increase 2 Volaris
20  Coahuila, Torreón 26,105 Steady Volaris
Busiest international routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2017)[10]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  United States, Los Angeles 402,720 Steady Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  United States, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare)[Note 1] 149,084 Steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris
3  United States, San Jose 135,176 Steady Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Volaris
4  United States, Houston 127,557 Steady United Airlines, United Express, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5  United States, Sacramento 104,002 Increase 1 Aeroméxico, Volaris
6  United States, Fresno 102,019 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico, Volaris
7  United States, Dallas 100,611 Steady American Eagle, Volaris
8  United States, San Francisco 73,210 Increase 2 Aeroméxico, Volaris
9  United States, Las Vegas 72,232 Decrease 1 Interjet, Volaris
10  United States, Ontario 67,184 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico, Volaris
11  United States, Oakland 59,448 Increase 1 Volaris
12  United States, Phoenix–Sky Harbor 57,112 Decrease 1 American Airlines, American Eagle, Volaris
13  United States, Atlanta 51,123 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Delta Air Lines
14  United States, Portland 30,706 Increase 1 Volaris
15  United States, New York 26,241 Increase 1 Volaris
16  United States, Seattle 25,398 Increase 9 Volaris
17  United States, San Antonio 25,272 Decrease 3 Interjet, Volaris
18  Panama, Panama City 23,401 Decrease 1 Copa Airlines
19  United States, Miami 21,584 Volaris
20  Costa Rica, San Jose 21,140 Increase 1 Volaris Costa Rica
  1. ^ The official statistics include both Midway and O'Hare airports.

Local Conflicts[edit]

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.[11] 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 .[12] If not negotiated the next step could be another expropriation to complete the project.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Traffic Report" (PDF). Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. January 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  3. ^ Quarter Studios - Soluciones Digitales. "Aeropuerto de Guadalajara". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  4. ^ "American Airlines Moves Fast To Protect Its Hub After Volaris Adds Charlotte-Guadalajara". Forbes. September 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "More options to travel to Aguascalientes" (in Spanish). Transportes Aéreos Regionales. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Volaris launches flights between Guadalajara and Albuquerque" (in Spanish). EnElAire. August 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "Volaris announces new route to United States from Guadalajara" (in Spanish). EnElAire. August 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Travel to Guadalajara from Charlotte or Albuquerque". Volaris. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "Flights to Tapachula from Guadalajara" (Web) (in Spanish). Volaris. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "Operational Statistics of Airports in the ASA Network" (in Spanish). Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares. January 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  11. ^ https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/landowners-continue-their-airport-battle-in-jalisco/
  12. ^ https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/second-runway-urgent-for-guadalajara/
  13. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  14. ^ preserveamerica.noaa.gov Bell Masayuki Shimada (1922-1958)
  15. ^ nvcfoundation.org "NOAA Honors Nisei with Launch of Fisheries Vessel 'Bell M. Shimada,'" Japanese American Veterans Association, December 2008, Volume 58, Issue 11.

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