Los Cabos International Airport

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Los Cabos International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional de Los Cabos
Aeropuerto de Los Cabos 8.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorGrupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico
ServesLos Cabos
LocationSan José del Cabo,
Los Cabos Municipality,
Baja California Sur state,
Elevation AMSL374 ft / 114 m
Coordinates23°09′06″N 109°43′15″W / 23.15167°N 109.72083°W / 23.15167; -109.72083Coordinates: 23°09′06″N 109°43′15″W / 23.15167°N 109.72083°W / 23.15167; -109.72083
SJD is located in Baja California Sur
SJD is located in Mexico
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Total Passengers5,339,316
Ranking in Mexico6th Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico

Los Cabos International Airport (IATA: SJD, ICAO: MMSD) is the sixth-busiest airport in Mexico and one of the Top 30 in Latin America, located at San José del Cabo in Los Cabos Municipality, Baja California Sur state, Mexico.

The airport serves San José del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, and the Los Cabos area.


From September 2011 until January 2012, the airport temporarily gained nonstop service to Asia with flights to Shanghai, China.

The airport handled 5,339,316 passengers in 2019, 65% of them from international destinations.[1] It has become the most important airport in the state of Baja California Sur. Because of a dramatic increase in the number of holiday resorts and due to the region's fast population growth, the infrastructure of the airport is now insufficient compared to the increasing demand, causing a lack of available positions for aircraft during peak-hours, as in many other airports in Mexico.

On September 15, 2014, Los Cabos International Airport was badly damaged by Hurricane Odile. Planes were knocked against structures due to the winds from Odile. Many people went to the airport, demanding flights out of Cabo San Lucas. The Mexican government began airlifting the first of thousands of stranded tourists, free of charge, to airports in Tijuana, Mazatlan, Guadalajara and Mexico City to catch connecting flights and, in the case of foreigners, receive consular assistance.[2]

In November 2019, British Carrier TUI Airways, commenced flights to and from London's Gatwick Airport, thus being the first European carrier to fly in and out of the Los Cabos area. This flight is flown on a Boeing 787.


The architect of Los Cabos International Airport's 1997 renovation and expansion was Mexican architect and great-grandson of Queen Isabella II of Spain, Manuel De Santiago-de Borbón González Bravo. He was a member of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), and his lifetime architectural legacy to Mexico adds to 11,000,000 square metres (120,000,000 sq ft) built nationwide, including famous buildings and national sites, as well as important national restorations like the Mexican Houses of Congress Palace (Palacio Legislativo de San Lázaro).


The name of the airport displayed over the exit of the international arrivals exit terminal
Departure gate area
Los Cabos Airport Tower, view from tarmac
Terminal Layout (After T4 is completed)
View of the duty free area
Los Cabos Intl Airport Terminal 2 / Departures Hall - Baja California Sur, Mexico
Restaurants and stores at terminal

The airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 operates domestic flights, and Terminal 2 operates international flights.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aeroméxico Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City
Aero Pacífico Culiacán, Los Mochis
Air Canada Seasonal: Calgary, Vancouver
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA)
Seasonal: Portland (OR), Sacramento, Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Austin, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare
Calafia Airlines Guadalajara, Loreto, Tijuana
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle/Tacoma
Interjet Guadalajara, Mexico City (both suspended)[3]
Magni Mazatlán, Mexico City, Monterrey
Southwest Airlines Chicago–Midway, Denver (resumes July 1, 2020),[4] Houston–Hobby (resumes July 1, 2020),[4] Los Angeles, Phoenix-Sky Harbor (begins October 8, 2020),[5] Sacramento, San Diego
Seasonal: Austin, Baltimore, Oakland, San Jose (CA)
Spirit Airlines Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston–Intercontinental
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth (begins June 5, 2020),[6] Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Portland (OR), San Diego
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg
Swoop Seasonal: Edmonton, Winnipeg
TUI Airways London–Gatwick
United Airlines Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
United Express Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental
VivaAerobus Culiacán, Mexico City, Monterrey, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City (begins May 30, 2020)[7]
Seasonal: Guadalajara, Hermosillo
Volaris Chihuahua (begins July 2, 2020),[8] Culiacán, Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla (begins June 17, 2020),[8] Tijuana
Seasonal charter: Atlanta
WestJet Calgary, Vancouver
Seasonal: Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria

Busiest Routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes at Los Cabos International Airport (2019)[9]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  Mexico City, Mexico City 484,609 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  Jalisco, Guadalajara 193,312 Steady Calafia Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3  Baja California, Tijuana 97,866 Steady Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobús, Volaris
4  Nuevo León, Monterrey 59,756 Steady Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5  Sinaloa, Culiacán 57,613 Steady Aero Pacífico, VivaAerobus, Volaris
6  Guanajuato, León 27,337 Increase 2 Volaris
7  Sinaloa, Mazatlán 21,457 Steady Magni
8  México (state), Toluca 20,275 Decrease 2 Interjet
9  Sonora, Hermosillo 7,633 VivaAerobús
10  Chihuahua, Chihuahua 1,793 Decrease 1
Busiest international routes at Los Cabos International Airport (2019)[9]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  United States, Los Angeles 310,333 Steady Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
2  United States, Dallas 202,328 Increase 1 American Airlines, Spirit Airlines
3  United States, Houston[Note 1] 177,848 Decrease 1 Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, United Express
4  United States, Phoenix–Sky Harbor 140,014 Increase 1 American Airlines
5  United States, San Diego 124,167 Decrease 1 Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
6  United States, San Francisco 117,054 Steady Alaska Airlines, United Airlines
7  United States, Chicago[Note 2] 81,901 Increase 1 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
8  United States, Denver 76,217 Decrease 1 Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
9  Canada, Calgary 61,032 Increase 4 Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
10  United States, San Jose 55,727 Increase 1 Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines
11  United States, Atlanta 54,589 Increase 1 Delta Air Lines
12  Canada, Vancouver 54,250 Decrease 2 Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
13  United States, Seattle 53,616 Increase 1 Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines
14  United States, Orange County 49,546 Decrease 5 Southwest Airlines
15  Canada, Toronto-Pearson 30,286 Increase 2 Air Canada Rouge, Sunwing Airlines

  1. ^ Official statistics include airports George Bush and Hobby.
  2. ^ Official statistics include airports O'Hare and Midway.


  • The Trans-Peninsular Road has become a busy commercial and accommodation center which include the nearby establishments.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Traffic Report". Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. January 2020. Retrieved Jan 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "Hurricane Odile: Mexico begins airlifts of tourists stranded in Los Cabos". The Guardian. September 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Interjet limits its operation to 6 destinations". EnElAire (in Spanish). May 2020. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  4. ^ a b https://www.southwest.com/air/flight-schedules/index.html?clk=GFOOTER-FLY-FLTSCHEDULES
  5. ^ "Southwest announces new international flights from Phoenix to Mexico". AZCentral. March 2020. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "Sun Country will fly from Dallas to Puerto Vallarta and San José del Cabo" (in Spanish). Transponder 1200. November 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "New Routes". Viva Aerobus. February 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Volaris S20 Domestic Network Expansion". Routesonline. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. December 2020. Retrieved March 5, 2020.

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