Guadalajara International Airport
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|Guadalajara International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara
GDL Airport Front View
|Owner||Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico|
|Operator||Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico|
|Location||Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||1,529 m / 5,016 ft|
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's located 16 km south of the city center. In 2015 it handled 9,758,516 passengers, and in 2016 it handled 11,395,800. It is Mexico's third busiest airport, after Mexico City International Airport and Cancún International Airport and second busiest for cargo flights.
Guadalajara's International Airport is composed of two runways and one terminal. It is also a major airport for connections, being a hub for Aeroméxico/Aeroméxíco Connect and Volaris, for which is a primary gateway to the United States. It is also a focus city for VivaAerobus and Interjet as well. 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".
The Passenger's Terminal is used by all airlines for international and domestic flights. The terminal has Customs facilities. It also has 10 jetways on Concourse A and Concourse C. There are also 27 remote parking positions.
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
|1||Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City||1,380,803||Aeromar Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|2||Baja California, Tijuana||741,530||Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|3||Quintana Roo, Cancún||258,466||1||Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|4||Nuevo León, Monterrey||321,071||1||Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|5||Sonora, Hermosillo||135,498||Aeromar, Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|6||Baja California Sur, Los Cabos||119,653||Aéreo Calafia, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|7||Baja California, Mexicali||115,727||Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris|
|8||Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez||97,994||Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|9||Baja California Sur, La Paz||93,242||Aéreo Calafia, TAR, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|10||Sinaloa, Culiacán||71,040||1||Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|11||Veracruz, Veracruz||61,961||1||VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|12||Yucatán, Mérida||60,040||1||Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|13||Chihuahua, Chihuahua||51,189||3||VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|14||Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez||47,933||1||TAR, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|15||Tabasco, Villahermosa||46,043||1||VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|16||Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta||43,330||4||Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, TAR, VivaAerobus|
|17||Tamaulipas, Reynosa||30,726||3||VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|18||Sinaloa, Los Mochis||26,018||1||Aeromar, Aeroméxico Connect, TAR, Volaris|
|19||México (state), Toluca||24,302||2||TAR|
|20||Coahuila, Torreón||22,862||1||Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris|
|1||United States, Los Angeles||460,356||Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Interjet, Volaris|
|2||United States, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare)[Note 1]||120,225||1||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|3||United States, San Jose||118,421||2||Alaska Airlines, Volaris|
|4||United States, Houston||117,742||2||United Airlines, United Express, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|5||United States, Fresno||99,925||1||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|6||United States, Sacramento||97,518||1||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|7||United States, Dallas||90,644||3||American Eagle, Volaris|
|8||United States, Las Vegas||81,230||3||Interjet, Volaris|
|9||United States, Ontario||68,580||1||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|10||United States, San Francisco||60,606||3||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
|11||United States, Phoenix–Sky Harbor||59,445||3||American Airlines, American Eagle, Volaris|
|12||United States, Oakland||54,602||3||Volaris|
|13||United States, Atlanta||52,482||1||Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection|
|14||United States, San Antonio||30,383||Interjet, Volaris|
|15||United States, Portland||26,507||1||Volaris|
|16||United States, New York||25,560||6||Volaris|
|17||Panama, Panama City||21,889||2||Copa Airlines|
|18||United States, Reno||21,617||Volaris|
|19||United States, Orlando||19,376||2||Volaris|
|20||United States, Denver||17,387||1||Aeroméxico, Volaris|
- The official statistics include both Midway and O'Hare airports.
Accidents and incidents
- On June 2, 1958, Aeronaves de México Flight 111, a Lockheed L-749A Constellation (registration XA-MEV), crashed into La Latilla Mountain, 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the airport, shortly after takeoff for a flight to Mexico City, after the airliner′s crew failed to follow the established climb-out procedure for the airport after taking off. The crash killed all 45 people on board, and two prominent American scientists – oceanographer Townsend Cromwell and fisheries scientist Bell M. Shimada – were among the dead. It was the deadliest aviation accident in Mexican history at the time.
- Aeroméxico Flight 498: On August 31, 1986 an Aeroméxico DC-9 that originated from Mexico City and stopped at Guadalajara, Loreto and Tijuana collided with a private aircraft while attempting to land at Los Angeles International Airport.
- Marketing Aeromexico. "Aeromexico increases its connectivity to provide additional benefits to all of its clients". Marketing Aeroméxico. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
- "Annual Report (in Spanish)". Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. January 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
- Quarter Studios - Soluciones Digitales. "Aeropuerto de Guadalajara". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
- "Aeroméxico announces new routes to United States" (in Spanish). EnElAire. February 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
- "VivaAerobus have new routes to you" (in Spanish). Viva Aerobus. November 2016. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
- "Volaris announces flights to Huatulco and Milwaukee from Guadalajara" (in Spanish). EnElAire. December 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
- "Air carrier operational statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
- Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
- preserveamerica.noaa.gov Bell Masayuki Shimada (1922-1958)
- nvcfoundation.org "NOAA Honors Nisei with Launch of Fisheries Vessel 'Bell M. Shimada,'" Japanese American Veterans Association, December 2008, Volume 58, Issue 11.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to International airport of Guadalajara, Mexico.|
- Grupo Aeroportuario del Pácifico
- AeropuertosMexico.com (in English)
- Airport information for MMGL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- FlightAware U.S. airport activity to/from: Don Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla Int'l (MMGL)
- A-Z World Airports: Don Miguel Hidalgo Airport (GDL/MMGL)
- TAR Aerolineas