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 Zúñiga, 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)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
02/20 1,818 5,964 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Total Passengers14,823,592
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 2018 it handled 14,340,152 passengers, and 14,823,592 in 2019, an increase of 3.37%.[1]It is Latin America's tenth 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. In addition, cargo flights are offered to many destinations, including countries in Asia and Europe.

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".

In 2020, it was announced that the Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico group have invested around $14 billion pesos to build a new runway and terminal building, along with new facilities and improvements such as an expanded parking lot, a hotel, office block, and a solar-powered plant.[3] Additionally, the airport aims to expand services to the United States as well as Europe.[3] Expected to be completed by 2024, it is part of GAP's new expansion plan for its airports in the state of Jalisco, both Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, and its total budget is $18 billion pesos.[3]


Airport's Main entrance.
Terminal Map.
Main Corridor at 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 or Terminal 1, is used by all airlines for international and domestic flights.[4] The terminal has customs facilities. There are also 27 remote parking positions. It also has 12 jetways and 5 concourses:

  • Concourse A - Airside Walk-up gates A1 through A8
  • Concourse B - Jetway gates B10 through B13
  • Concourse C - Lower level, Bus gates C20 through C29
  • Concourse D - Jetway gates D30 through D38
  • Concourse E - Lower level, Bus gates E40 through E50

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.

Terminal interior

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aeromar Mexico City, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta
Aeroméxico Cancún, Chicago–O'Hare, Fresno, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Sacramento, San Francisco, San José del Cabo, Tijuana
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City, Monterrey, Salt Lake City
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, San Jose (CA)
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth
American Eagle Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Calafia Airlines La Paz, Loreto, Los Mochis, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo
Copa Airlines Panama City (suspended)[5]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Los Angeles (resumes October 1, 2020),[6] Salt Lake City (resumes November 8, 2020)[7]
Interjet Cancún, Chicago–O'Hare, Hermosillo, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, San Antonio, San Francisco, San José del Cabo, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City
Seasonal: Puerto Vallarta
Magnicharters Cancún
Seasonal: Tijuana
TAR Aerolineas Durango, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, Toluca/Mexico City
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental
United Express Houston–Intercontinental
VivaAerobus Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Hermosillo, La Paz, Los Angeles, Mérida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, Reynosa, Tampico, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, San José del Cabo
Charter: Havana
Volaris Acapulco, Cancún, Charlotte, Chetumal, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Culiacán, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Durango, Fresno, Hermosillo, Houston–Intercontinental, 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, Seattle/Tacoma, Tapachula, Tijuana, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz


Aeromexico Los Angeles, Mexico City
AeroUnion 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[8] Doha, Liege
TUM AeroCarga Hermosillo, Tijuana, Toluca
UPS Airlines Louisville



Car rental[edit]


  • City Express Guadalajara Aeropuerto]
  • Hampton Inn de Hilton Guadalajara-Aeropuerto]
  • Hangar Inn

VIP Lounges[edit]


Annual traffic[edit]

Annual Passenger Traffic
Year Passengers % Change
2010 6,918,621 Steady
2011 7,154,959 Increase 3.41%
2012 7,389,897 Increase 3.28%
2013 8,104,762 Increase 9.67%
2014 8,695,183 Increase 7.28%
2015 9,758,516 Increase 12.22%
2016 11,362,552 Increase 16.43%
2017 12,779,874 Increase 12.47%
2018 14,340,152 Increase 12.21%
2019 14,823,592 Increase 3.37%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2019)[9]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  Mexico City, Mexico City 1,692,737 Steady Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  Baja California, Tijuana 893,917 Steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3  Quintana Roo, Cancún 441,444 Steady Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  Nuevo León, Monterrey 425,389 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5  Baja California, Mexicali 228,579 Steady VivaAerobus, Volaris
6  Sonora, Hermosillo 201,162 Steady VivaAerobus, Volaris
7  Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 191,941 Steady Calafia Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
8  Sinaloa, Culiacán 165,775 Increase 1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
9  Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 164,203 Decrease 1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
10  Baja California Sur, La Paz 121,102 Steady Calafia Airlines, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
11  Yucatán, Mérida 115,780 Increase 2 VivaAerobus, Volaris
12  Chihuahua, Chihuahua 88,000 Decrease 1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
13  Veracruz, Veracruz 81,075 Decrease 1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
14  Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 73,552 Steady Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobus, Volaris
15  Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta 62,123 Steady Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Interjet, TAR, VivaAerobus
16  Puebla, Puebla 48,519 Increase 2 Aeromar, Viva Aerobus
17  Tabasco, Villahermosa 41,438 Decrease 1 VivaAerobus
18  Tamaulipas, Reynosa 29,990 Increase 2 VivaAerobus
19  Oaxaca, Oaxaca 29,333 Increase 2 TAR, Volaris
20  México (state), Toluca 29,329 Decrease 3 Interjet
Busiest international routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2019)[9]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  United States, Los Angeles 495,421 Steady Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  United States, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare)[Note 1] 189,560 Steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3  United States, Houston 151,952 Increase 1 United Airlines, United Express, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  United States, San Jose 126,037 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Volaris
5  United States, Sacramento 120,468 Steady Aeroméxico, Volaris
6  United States, Dallas 118,444 Steady American Airlines, Volaris
7  United States, Fresno 111,631 Steady Aeroméxico, Volaris
8  United States, Las Vegas 103,374 Increase 1 Interjet, Volaris
9  United States, San Francisco 95,542 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris
10  United States, Oakland 67,066 Increase 1 Volaris
11  United States, Phoenix–Sky Harbor 57,899 Increase 1 American Eagle, Volaris
12  United States, Ontario 57,877 Increase 1 Volaris
13  United States, Atlanta 50,364 Decrease 3 Delta Air Lines
14  United States, San Antonio 47,781 Increase 4 Interjet, Volaris
15  United States, Seattle 44,495 Increase 1 Volaris
16  United States, Portland 44,472 Decrease 2 Volaris
17  United States, Salt Lake City 31,816 Decrease 2 Aeroméxico Connect
18  United States, New York-JFK 29,808 Increase 3 Volaris
19  United States, Denver 29,077 Steady Volaris
20  Panama, Panama City 25,513 Decrease 3 Copa Airlines
  1. ^ The official statistics include both Midway and O'Hare airports.

Local conflicts[edit]

Recently, the expansion projects are being delayed due to conflicts with the local residents. Also, several protests were made, blocking the parking lot access many times. These expansion projects include new and better access to the terminal, and it would take 3 years to build a 2nd runway (includes 2 years of land preparation and 1 to build the base and pave it). The locals argue that Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico has debts to the land where the airport sits on because of expropriation of land, which was taken from locals in 1975 to expand the airport.[10] This terrain consists of the airport's polygon plus 320 hectares — of which 51 hectares will be used to build the 2nd runway. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico urged the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation to resolve the problems by delaying the airport's 2nd runway construction. With this new runway and the expansion of the terminal building, the airport will be able to handle over 40 million passengers.[11] If not negotiated the next step could be another expropriation to complete the project.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Traffic Report" (Web). Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. December 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "Statistics by Airport" (Web). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta airports in line for major upgrades". Mexico News Daily. Mexico News Daily. February 7, 2020. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  4. ^ Quarter Studios - Soluciones Digitales. "Aeropuerto de Guadalajara". Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "Why Being Grounded for Months Was the Best Pandemic Outcome for This Airline". Yahoo News. August 2020. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  6. ^ Liu, Jim. "Delta resumes Los Angeles – Guadalajara service in Oct 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  7. ^ Liu, Jim. "Delta resumes Salt Lake City – Guadalajara in W20". Routesonline. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "Qatar Airways Cargo commences Macau-Guadalajara transpacific freighter service". Gulf Times Commercial Press. January 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2020. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  10. ^ "Landowners continue their battle over Guadalajara airport land". Mexico News Daily. May 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  11. ^ "Second runway urgent for Guadalajara". Mexico News Daily. October 2017. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  12. ^ "Accident". Aviation Safety Network. June 1958. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  13. ^ "Bell Masayuki Shimada (1922-1958)". National Ocean Service. July 2017. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  14. ^ "NOAA Honors Nisei with Launch of Fisheries Vessel". Japanese American Veterans Association. December 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2020.

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