Culiacán International Airport

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 (2019)
Total Passengers2,458,863
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 2019, Culiacán airport moved 2,458,863 passengers, an increase of 8.28% 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


Aeroméxico Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City
Aero Pacífico San José del Cabo
Calafia Airlines Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Mexicali, Monterrey
Interjet Mexico City
TAR Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Hermosillo, Mexicali
VivaAerobus Guadalajara, La Paz, Mexico City, Monterrey, San José del Cabo, Tijuana
Volaris Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, Mexicali, Mexico City, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, San José del Cabo, Tijuana


Estafeta San Luis Potosí, Tijuana

Busiest routesEdit

Busiest domestic routes at Culiacán International Airport (2019)[2]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1   Baja California, Tijuana 459,453   VivaAerobus, Volaris
2   Mexico City, Mexico City 339,341   Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3   Jalisco, Guadalajara 168,232   VivaAerobus, Volaris
4   Nuevo León, Monterrey 69,342   Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobus
5   Baja California, Mexicali 61,254   Calafia Airlines, TAR, Volaris
6   Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 55,325   Aero Pacífico, VivaAerobus, Volaris
7   Baja California Sur, La Paz 35,826   Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobus
8   Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 16,275   2 TAR, Volaris
9   Sonora, Hermosillo 9,415   1 TAR
10   Chihuahua, Chihuahua 8,091   1 TAR, VivaAerobus

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 who resulted with 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 Jan 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. December 2019. Retrieved Jan 30, 2020.
  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. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013.

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