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 typePublic
OwnerGrupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico
OperatorGrupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico
ServesGuadalajara, Jalisco
LocationTlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL1,529 m / 5,016 ft
Coordinates20°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 (2018)
Total Passengers14,351,800
Increase 12.05%
Ranking in Mexico3rd 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), 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 2017 it handled 12,808,000 passengers, and 14,351,800 in 2018, an increase of 12.05%.[1] It is Latin America's eleventh and 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 Mexico City, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta
Aeroméxico Chicago–O'Hare, Fresno, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Sacramento, San Francisco, Tijuana
Aeroméxico Connect Atlanta (resumes September 1, 2019), Detroit (begins July 15, 2019),[4] Mexico City, Monterrey, Salt Lake City
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, San Jose (CA)
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth
Seasonal: Charlotte
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, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, San Antonio, San Francisco, San José del Cabo, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City
Seasonal: Puerto Vallarta
Magnicharters Cancún
TAR Aerolineas Acapulco, Durango, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Los Mochis, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, Torreón/Gómez Palacio
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: Houston–Intercontinental, San José del Cabo
Charter: Havana
Volaris Acapulco, Albuquerque, Cancún, Charlotte, Chetumal, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Cozumel, Culiacán, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Durango, 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, Querétaro, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Jose (CA), San José del Cabo, San Salvador (begins August 17, 2019),[5] Seattle/Tacoma, Tapachula, Tijuana, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz
Seasonal: Milwaukee, San Francisco


Aeromexico 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
Qatar Airways Cargo[6] Doha, Liege
UPS Airlines Louisville



Car Rental[edit]


VIP Lounges[edit]


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%
2018 14,351,800 Increase 12.1%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2018)
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  Mexico City, Mexico City 1,591,087 Steady Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  Baja California, Tijuana 912,657 Steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3  Quintana Roo, Cancún 472,491 Steady Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  Nuevo León, Monterrey 411,659 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5  Baja California, Mexicali 227,469 Increase 2 VivaAerobus, Volaris
6  Sonora, Hermosillo 218,587 Decrease 1 VivaAerobus
7  Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 186,469 Decrease 1 Calafia Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
8  Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 167,663 Steady VivaAerobus, Volaris
9  Sinaloa, Culiacán 156,365 Steady VivaAerobus, Volaris
10  Baja California Sur, La Paz 141,345 Steady Calafia Airlines, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
11  Chihuahua, Chihuahua 103,949 Increase 1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
12  Veracruz, Veracruz 102,124 Decrease 1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
13  Yucatán, Mérida 101,765 Steady VivaAerobus, Volaris
14  Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 70,748 Steady Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobus, Volaris
15  Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta 51,238 Increase 1 Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Interjet, TAR, VivaAerobus
16  Tabasco, Villahermosa 49,344 Decrease 1 VivaAerobus
17  México (state), Toluca 43,215 Steady Interjet
18  Puebla, Puebla 33,055 Increase 8 Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Viva Aerobus
19  Sonora, Ciudad Obregón 31,403 Steady TAR, Volaris
20  Tamaulipas, Reynosa 29,555 Decrease 2 VivaAerobus
Busiest international routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2018)[7]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  United States, Los Angeles 488,996 Steady Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  United States, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare)[Note 1] 167,465 Steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris
3  United States, San Jose 147,724 Steady Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Volaris
4  United States, Houston 135,517 Steady United Airlines, United Express, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5  United States, Sacramento 105,212 Steady Aeroméxico, Volaris
6  United States, Dallas 97,895 Increase 1 American Airlines, Volaris
7  United States, Fresno 96,365 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico, Volaris
8  United States, San Francisco 82,446 Steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris
9  United States, Las Vegas 76,449 Decrease 1 Interjet, Volaris
10  United States, Atlanta 64,666 Increase 3 Aeroméxico Connect, Delta Air Lines
11  United States, Oakland 54,007 Steady Volaris
12  United States, Phoenix–Sky Harbor 50,210 Steady American Eagle, Volaris
13  United States, Ontario 49,604 Decrease 3 Volaris
14  United States, Portland 34,439 Steady Volaris
15  United States, Salt Lake City 29,756 Increase 10 Aeroméxico Connect
16  United States, Seattle 28,778 Steady Volaris
17  Panama, Panama City 26,846 Increase 1 Copa Airlines
18  United States, San Antonio 26,707 Decrease 1 Interjet, Volaris
19  United States, Denver 24,168 Increase 4 Volaris
20  United States, Reno 19,015 Increase 1 Volaris
  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.[8] 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 .[9] 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 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-05-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Quarter Studios - Soluciones Digitales. "Aeropuerto de Guadalajara". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Aeroméxico anounces route Guadalajara-Detroit" (in Spanish). EnElAire. December 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Volaris announces new direct flights to El Salvador from Mexico City and Guadalajara" (in Spanish). EnElAire. March 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  6. ^ https://www.gulf-times.com/story/618496/Qatar-Airways-Cargo-commences-Macau-Guadalajara-tr
  7. ^ "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  8. ^ https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/landowners-continue-their-airport-battle-in-jalisco/
  9. ^ https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/second-runway-urgent-for-guadalajara/
  10. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  11. ^ preserveamerica.noaa.gov Bell Masayuki Shimada (1922-1958)
  12. ^ 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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