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Bachigualato Federal International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Federal de Bachigualato, IATA: CUL, ICAO: MMCL), commonly named Culiacán International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de Culiacán), is an international airport located at Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. It handles the national and international air traffic of the city of Culiacán.

Bachigualato Federal International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Federal de Bachigualato

Culiacán International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional de Culiacán
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OperatorGrupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte
ServesCuliacán and Navolato
LocationBachigualato, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Elevation AMSL108 ft / 33 m
Coordinates24°45′52″N 107°28′28″W / 24.76444°N 107.47444°W / 24.76444; -107.47444Coordinates: 24°45′52″N 107°28′28″W / 24.76444°N 107.47444°W / 24.76444; -107.47444
WebsiteOfficial website
CUL is located in Sinaloa
CUL is located in Mexico
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,300 7,546 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Total Passengers2,270,834
Ranking in Mexico10th Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte[1]

The airport is among the Top 10 busiest airports in Mexico, and the busiest in domestic traffic and second busiest for international operations in the state of Sinaloa. It is currently handled by Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, having undergone major construction consisting of a new terminal layout and a new boarding system. It has two jetways.

In 2018, Culiacán airport crossed the 2-million milestone for the first time, moving 2,270,834 passengers, an increase of 22.26% from previous year.[1]

Bachigualato Federal International Airport is named after the neighborhood of Bachigualato, where the airport is located.

In favorable weather, flights from the Baja California peninsula and north arrive to runway 02, and flights from the rest of the country to runway 20.

The state executive announced plans to expand the airport and the construction of a second runway to support Boeing 777 landings.



Airport's new façade.
Airport's ticket counters.
Culiacán Airport Terminal map.
Airport's main corridor.
Culiacán International Airport.
  • Number of gates: 5
  • Contact positions: 5
  • Remote positions: 3
  • Number of jetways: 2
  • Number of halls: 2 (Domestic & International)
  • Number of baggage claiming carousels: 4 (Domestic & International gates)
  • Food court and bar (Upper Level)
  • Check-in area: (Boarding area & Ticket sales)
  • Customs (Arrivals area)
  • Taxi & car rentals (Main road & Domestic arrivals area)
  • Duty Free (Floor Level & Upper Lever)
  • Hotel service (offices):
    • Lucerna Hotel
    • Fideicomiso
  • Parking area
  • Aeroméxico offices (Floor Level & Country Courts)
  • Interjet offices (Floor Level)
  • VivaAerobus offices (Floor Level)
  • Volaris offices (Floor Level)


The CIA (Culiacán International Airport) has two terminals.

Main TerminalEdit

The Main Terminal is used for all commercial flights, domestic and international. It has two jetways and 3 remote positions.

Terminal expansionEdit

From February to November 2012, the airport began the work of expansion to the terminal building. The work consists of improve the operation, the airport functionality and the passenger comfort, with an expansion of 3,000m², including: the new terminal lobby and the growth in outpatient, remodeling of 2,500m² for passengers, reconfiguration of check-in point on upper level with 3 simultaneous check-in lines, the construction of a vertical circulation core in the front façade including a panoramic elevator, the growth of the waiting lounge area, the shopping area redesign and a projection of an image of modernity in its façade and inside it.

General Aviation TerminalEdit

The General Aviation Terminal (also known as the Private Aviation Terminal) is located next to the Main Terminal. The Terminal is used for private planes, and helicopters.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Busiest routesEdit

Busiest domestic routes at Culiacán International Airport (2018)[2]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1   Baja California, Tijuana 421,582   Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2   Mexico City, Mexico City 297,261   Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3   Jalisco, Guadalajara 157,266   VivaAerobus, Volaris
4   Nuevo León, Monterrey 73,499   Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobus
5   Baja California, Mexicali 56,645   1 Calafia Airlines, TAR, Volaris
6   Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 51,068   1 Aero Pacífico, VivaAerobus, Volaris
7   Baja California Sur, La Paz 38,402   Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobus
8   Sonora, Hermosillo 14,845   TAR
9   Chihuahua, Chihuahua 13,460   TAR, VivaAerobus
10   Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 5,627 TAR, Volaris

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On July 5, 2007, a twin-engine Sabreliner cargo jet failed to take off from the airport due to a loss of control resulting from a tire blowout and slid off the runway onto a highway. Three people died on board the plane and six on the ground; five more were injured.[3]
  • On April 24, 2012, a Cessna 182 registered XBMPN for private use crashed in the airport few seconds after took off. The plane was heading to Chihuahua Airport and at the time of the crash was only manned by the pilot of the aircraft which resulted in only minor injuries. The aircraft remained in some trees at the end of the runway, still on airport property.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "OMA's Monthly Traffic Report" (Web). Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "Plane crashes in Sinaloa, 9 dead (in Spanish)". La Jornada. July 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Plane plummets in Culiacán Airport (in Spanish)". Linea Directa Portal. April 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2013.

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