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
GDL is located in Mexico
Location of airport in Mexico
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
02/20 1,818 5,964 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Total Passengers 11,395,800
Increase 16%
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: GDLICAO: 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.[2] It is Mexico's third busiest airport, after Mexico City International Airport and Cancún International Airport and second busiest for cargo flights.[3]

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[1] 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".


Airport's Main entrance.
Terminal Map.
Concourse A.
Main Corridor at the airport.
Platform of the airport.
Land side of the airport.

Passenger Terminal[edit]

The Passenger's Terminal is used by all airlines for international and domestic flights.[4] The terminal has Customs facilities. It also has 10 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]


Airlines Destinations Concourse
Aéreo Calafia La Paz, San José del Cabo 1C
Aeromar Culiacán (begins March 31, 2017), Hermosillo, Los Mochis, Mazatlán (ends February 28, 2017), Mexico City, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta (begins March 17, 2017), Tucson 1C
Aeroméxico Chicago-O'Hare, Fresno, Los Angeles, Ontario, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose (CA) (begins 1 July 2017)[5]
Seasonal: Denver
Aeroméxico Cancún, Mexico City, Tijuana 1C
Aeroméxico Connect Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Hermosillo, Los Mochis, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey, Tijuana, Torreón/Gómez Palacio 1C
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, San Jose (CA) 1A
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth 1A
American Eagle Phoenix–Sky Harbor 1A
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen 1A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Salt Lake City
Delta Connection Atlanta
Seasonal: Salt Lake City
Interjet Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Antonio 1A
Interjet Cancún, Mexico City, Monterrey, San José del Cabo, Tijuana
Seasonal: Puerto Vallarta
Magnicharters Cancún 1C
TAR Acapulco, Cuernavaca (ends March 5, 2017), Durango, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, La Paz (ends March 4, 2017), Los Mochis (ends March 5, 2017), Mazatlán, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, Tampico, Toluca/Mexico City, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 1C
United Airlines Houston-Intercontinental 1A
United Express Houston-Intercontinental 1A
VivaAerobus Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Hermosillo, La Paz, Mérida, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta (resumes June 16, 2017),[6] Reynosa, Tampico, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Houston-Intercontinental, San José del Cabo (resumes April 6, 2017)[6]
1A / 1C
Volaris Austin, Chicago-Midway, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fresno, Guatemala City, Houston-Intercontinental, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee (begins March 2, 2017),[7] New York-JFK, Oakland, Ontario, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Jose (CA), San José (Costa Rica), Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: San Francisco
Volaris Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Culiacán, Hermosillo, Huatulco (begins April 5, 2017),[7] La Paz, Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Mérida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey, Reynosa (ends April 1, 2017), San José del Cabo, Tijuana, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa 1C


Airlines Destinations
Aeromexico Cargo 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
Centurion Cargo Los Angeles, Mexico City
DHL Aviation
operated by ABX Air
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

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2016)
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 1,380,803 Steady Aeromar Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  Baja California, Tijuana 741,530 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3  Quintana Roo, Cancún 258,466 Increase 1 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4  Nuevo León, Monterrey 321,071 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5  Sonora, Hermosillo 135,498 Steady Aeromar, Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
6  Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 119,653 Steady Aéreo Calafia, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
7  Baja California, Mexicali 115,727 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris
8  Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 97,994 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
9  Baja California Sur, La Paz 93,242 Steady Aéreo Calafia, TAR, VivaAerobus, Volaris
10  Sinaloa, Culiacán 71,040 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
11  Veracruz, Veracruz 61,961 Decrease 1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
12  Yucatán, Mérida 60,040 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
13  Chihuahua, Chihuahua 51,189 Increase 3 VivaAerobus, Volaris
14  Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 47,933 Increase 1 TAR, VivaAerobus, Volaris
15  Tabasco, Villahermosa 46,043 Decrease 1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
16  Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta 43,330 Decrease 4 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, TAR, VivaAerobus
17  Tamaulipas, Reynosa 30,726 Increase 3 VivaAerobus, Volaris
18  Sinaloa, Los Mochis 26,018 Increase 1 Aeromar, Aeroméxico Connect, TAR, Volaris
19  México (state), Toluca 24,302 Decrease 2 TAR
20  Coahuila, Torreón 22,862 Increase 1 Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris

Busiest international routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2016)[8]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  United States, Los Angeles 460,356 Steady Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Interjet, Volaris
2  United States, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare)[Note 1] 120,225 Increase 1 Aeroméxico, Volaris
3  United States, San Jose 118,421 Increase 2 Alaska Airlines, Volaris
4  United States, Houston 117,742 Decrease 2 United Airlines, United Express, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5  United States, Fresno 99,925 Increase 1 Aeroméxico, Volaris
6  United States, Sacramento 97,518 Increase 1 Aeroméxico, Volaris
7  United States, Dallas 90,644 Decrease 3 American Eagle, Volaris
8  United States, Las Vegas 81,230 Increase 3 Interjet, Volaris
9  United States, Ontario 68,580 Increase 1 Aeroméxico, Volaris
10  United States, San Francisco 60,606 Increase 3 Aeroméxico, Volaris
11  United States, Phoenix–Sky Harbor 59,445 Decrease 3 American Airlines, American Eagle, Volaris
12  United States, Oakland 54,602 Decrease 3 Volaris
13  United States, Atlanta 52,482 Decrease 1 Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection
14  United States, San Antonio 30,383 Steady Interjet, Volaris
15  United States, Portland 26,507 Increase 1 Volaris
16  United States, New York 25,560 Increase 6 Volaris
17  Panama, Panama City 21,889 Decrease 2 Copa Airlines
18  United States, Reno 21,617 Steady Volaris
19  United States, Orlando 19,376 Decrease 2 Volaris
20  United States, Denver 17,387 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico, Volaris
  1. ^ The official statistics include both Midway and O'Hare airports.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Marketing Aeromexico. "Aeromexico increases its connectivity to provide additional benefits to all of its clients". Marketing Aeroméxico. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Annual Report (in Spanish)". Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. January 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Quarter Studios - Soluciones Digitales. "Aeropuerto de Guadalajara". Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Aeroméxico announces new routes to United States" (in Spanish). EnElAire. February 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "VivaAerobus have new routes to you" (in Spanish). Viva Aerobus. November 2016. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Volaris announces flights to Huatulco and Milwaukee from Guadalajara" (in Spanish). EnElAire. December 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Air carrier operational statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  9. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  10. ^ Bell Masayuki Shimada (1922-1958)
  11. ^ "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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