General Francisco Mujica International Airport

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General Francisco Mujica International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional General Francisco J. Mujica
Morelia International Airport DSC 0585 AD.JPG
Front terminal
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorGrupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico
ServesMorelia, Álvaro Obregón, Michoacán, Mexico
Elevation AMSL1,839 m / 6,033 ft
Coordinates19°51′00″N 101°01′32″W / 19.85000°N 101.02556°W / 19.85000; -101.02556Coordinates: 19°51′00″N 101°01′32″W / 19.85000°N 101.02556°W / 19.85000; -101.02556
Map
MLM is located in Mexico
MLM
MLM
Location of the airport in Mexico
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,408 11,181 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Total Passengers631,300
Ranking in Mexico23rd Increase 3
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico

General Francisco Mujica International Airport, or simply Morelia International Airport, (IATA: MLM, ICAO: MMMM) is an international airport in Álvaro Obregón, Michoacán, Mexico, near Morelia. The airport handles national and international air traffic of the city of Morelia. The airport is named after the former governor of Michoacán, Francisco José Múgica. General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport is the largest in the state of Michoacan. The longest route from Morelia is to Chicago, served by Volaris and VivaAerobus, while the shortest route is Mexico City, served by Aeromar.

One of the fastest growing airports in the country, it handled 890,358 passengers in 2019 and 631,300 passengers in 2020.[1]

History[edit]

The airport opened in 1984 and initially only had a daily flight with a DC-9 to Mexico City. The airport has grown to become the largest in the state of Michoacán.

In the past, the airport has been served by Aero California, Aero Sudpacífico, Aeromar, Aviacsa, Avolar, Líneas Aéreas Azteca, Continental (now United), Mexicana, TAESA, and TAR.

Since May 2019, the airport has been remodeled which has resulted in an expansion of the terminal building. When completed, the check-in area will be relocated, more shops and restaurants will be added, as well as more baggage carousels and gate space.

Volaris has recently opened a crew base at the airport, to support its growing number of destinations between Morelia and cities in Mexico and the United States. [2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passengers[edit]

A Volaris A319 and an Aeromexico Connect Embraer 170 parked at the gates.
Volaris is the largest operator at Morelia International Airport.
AirlinesDestinations
Aeroméxico ConnectMexico City (suspended)[3]
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth
United Express Houston–Intercontinental
VivaAerobus Monterrey, Tijuana
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare
Volaris Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare,[4] Fresno, Los Angeles, Mexicali, Oakland, Portland (OR) (suspended),[5] Sacramento (suspended),[5] San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma (suspended),[5] Tijuana

Statistics[edit]

Passengers[edit]

See source Wikidata query and sources.


Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest international routes at Morelia International Airport (2020)[6]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  United States, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare)[Note 1] 38,995 Steady VivaAerobús, Volaris
2  United States, Oakland 19,237 Increase 1 Volaris
3  United States, Dallas 17,585 Increase 2 American Eagle
4  United States, Los Angeles 13,059 Decrease 2 Volaris
5  United States, San Jose 11,820 Decrease 1 Volaris
6  United States, Fresno 11,319 Steady Volaris
7  United States, Houston 4,346 Steady United Express
Notes
  1. ^ The official statistics include both Midway and O'Hare airports.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 9 September 1978 - A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter of Lineas Aéreas del Centro flying scheduled service to the old Morelia Airport from Mexico City, crashed shortly after takeoff from Mexico City International Airport. There were 18 fatalities among the 21 passengers.[7] The aircraft was also damaged beyond repair.[8]
  • 20 October 2002 - Aerolíneas Internacionales Flight 888, a Boeing 727-100 scheduled to fly from Morelia to León/Guanajuato, allegedly encountered 9 small, spherical UFOs prior to its 10AM takeoff roll. As reported by the crew and a witness on the ground, the sighting lasted around 10 minutes, with said objects maneuvering simultaneously. After the objects moved away, the flight was able to continue without further incident. [9] [10]
  • 19 September 2010 - Aeroméxico Flight 6531, bound to Morelia from Las Vegas, suffered a fuel leak. The Boeing 737-700 returned to Las Vegas for an emergency landing. There were no fatalities among the 102 passengers.[11]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GAP Traffic Report". Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  2. ^ https://issuu.com/hcpmedia/docs/vol_1905_000_fc
  3. ^ "Your safety is our top priority". Aeroméxico. April 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  4. ^ https://aviability.com/flight-number/flight-y4297-volaris
  5. ^ a b c "We are ready to fly with you". Volaris. November 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2021. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  7. ^ "List of Mexican Disasters". Blogspot. December 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2016.[unreliable source?]
  8. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  9. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=E0PfCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA201&lpg=PA201&dq=aerolineas+internacionales+888+morelia+leon&source=bl&ots=Q2yRL7wbW9&sig=ACfU3U38ZN-sjp8w6486tIs1AcNqJgwJ9A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwig9oK35Y7qAhVFVK0KHWscB6sQ6AEwAnoECAwQAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false
  10. ^ https://archivo.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/97017.html
  11. ^ "Incident: Aeromexico B737 at Las Vegas on Sep 19th 2010, fuel leak". avherald.com. Retrieved 4 March 2020.

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