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Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport

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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 is located 16 km south of the city center. In 2017 it handled 12,808,000 passengers, and 14,351,800 in 2018, an increase of 12.05%.[1] It is Latin America's eleventh and Mexico's third-busiest airport, after Mexico City International Airport and Cancún International Airport and second-busiest for cargo flights.[2]

Guadalajara International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara
Aeropuerto de Guadalajara 3.jpg
GDL Airport Front View
Airport typePublic
OwnerGrupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico
OperatorGrupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico
ServesGuadalajara, Jalisco
LocationTlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL1,529 m / 5,016 ft
Coordinates20°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
Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara location map.png
Guadalajara airport diagram
GDL is located in Jalisco
Location of airport in Mexico
GDL is located in Mexico
GDL (Mexico)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
02/20 1,818 5,964 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Total Passengers14,351,800
Increase 12.05%
Ranking in Mexico3rd Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico

Guadalajara's International Airport consists of two runways and one terminal. It is also a major airport for connections, being a hub for Volaris, for which it is a primary gateway to the United States, and as well Aeroméxico. It is also a focus city for Interjet, and VivaAerobus. 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.
VIP Lounge (East) at the Airport.
VIP Lounge (East) at the Airport.
VIP Lounge (East) at the Airport.
Concourse A at the Airport.
Concourse A at the Airport.
Concourse A at the Airport.

Passenger terminalEdit

The Passenger Terminal is used by all airlines for international and domestic flights.[3] The terminal has Customs facilities. It also has 12 jetways on Concourse A and Concourse C. There are also 27 remote parking positions.

Cargo TerminalEdit

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 destinationsEdit


Aeromar Mexico City, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta
Aeroméxico Chicago–O'Hare, Fresno, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Sacramento, San Francisco, Tijuana
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City, Monterrey, Salt Lake City
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, San Jose (CA)
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth
American Eagle Phoenix-Sky Harbor
Calafia Airlines La Paz, Loreto, Los Mochis, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Interjet Cancún, Chicago–O'Hare, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey (ends October 26, 2019),[4] San Antonio, San Francisco, San José del Cabo, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City
Seasonal: Puerto Vallarta
Magnicharters Cancún
Seasonal: Tijuana (begins December 16, 2019)
TAR Aerolineas Acapulco, Durango, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Los Mochis, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, Torreón/Gómez Palacio
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental
United Express Houston–Intercontinental
VivaAerobus Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Hermosillo, La Paz, Los Angeles, Mérida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Puebla, Reynosa, Tampico, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare (begins December 7, 2019),[5] Houston–Intercontinental, San José del Cabo
Charter: Havana
Volaris Acapulco, Cancún, Charlotte, Chetumal, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Culiacán, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Durango, Fresno, Hermosillo, Houston–Intercontinental, La Paz, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Mochis, Mérida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Miami, Milwaukee (ends November 13, 2019),[6] Monterrey, New York–JFK, Oakland, Oaxaca, Ontario, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), Puerto Escondido, Querétaro, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Jose (CA), San José del Cabo, San Salvador, Seattle/Tacoma, Tapachula, Tijuana, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz
Seasonal: San Francisco


Aeromexico Los Angeles, Mexico City
AeroUnion Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Mexico City
Air France Cargo Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Amerijet International Miami
Cargolux Houston–Intercontinental, Luxembourg
Cathay Pacific Cargo Anchorage, Hong Kong
DHL Aviation 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
Qatar Airways Cargo[7] Doha, Liege
UPS Airlines Louisville



Car RentalEdit


VIP LoungesEdit


Annual trafficEdit

Annual Passenger Traffic
Year Passengers % Change
2010 6,953,900  
2011 7,201,700   3.6%
2012 7,436,400   3.3%
2013 8,148,000   9.6%
2014 8,733,500   7.2%
2015 9,758,516   11.7%
2016 11,395,800   16.8%
2017 12,808,000   12.4%
2018 14,351,800   12.1%

Busiest routesEdit

Busiest domestic routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2018)
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1   Mexico City, Mexico City 1,591,087   Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2   Baja California, Tijuana 912,657   Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3   Quintana Roo, Cancún 472,491   Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4   Nuevo León, Monterrey 411,659   Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5   Baja California, Mexicali 227,469   2 VivaAerobus, Volaris
6   Sonora, Hermosillo 218,587   1 VivaAerobus
7   Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 186,469   1 Calafia Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
8   Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 167,663   VivaAerobus, Volaris
9   Sinaloa, Culiacán 156,365   VivaAerobus, Volaris
10   Baja California Sur, La Paz 141,345   Calafia Airlines, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
11   Chihuahua, Chihuahua 103,949   1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
12   Veracruz, Veracruz 102,124   1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
13   Yucatán, Mérida 101,765   VivaAerobus, Volaris
14   Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 70,748   Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobus, Volaris
15   Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta 51,238   1 Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Interjet, TAR, VivaAerobus
16   Tabasco, Villahermosa 49,344   1 VivaAerobus
17   México (state), Toluca 43,215   Interjet
18   Puebla, Puebla 33,055   8 Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Viva Aerobus
19   Sonora, Ciudad Obregón 31,403   TAR, Volaris
20   Tamaulipas, Reynosa 29,555   2 VivaAerobus
Busiest international routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2018)[8]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1   United States, Los Angeles 488,996   Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2   United States, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare)[Note 1] 167,465   Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris
3   United States, San Jose 147,724   Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Volaris
4   United States, Houston 135,517   United Airlines, United Express, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5   United States, Sacramento 105,212   Aeroméxico, Volaris
6   United States, Dallas 97,895   1 American Airlines, Volaris
7   United States, Fresno 96,365   1 Aeroméxico, Volaris
8   United States, San Francisco 82,446   Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris
9   United States, Las Vegas 76,449   1 Interjet, Volaris
10   United States, Atlanta 64,666   3 Aeroméxico Connect, Delta Air Lines
11   United States, Oakland 54,007   Volaris
12   United States, Phoenix–Sky Harbor 50,210   American Eagle, Volaris
13   United States, Ontario 49,604   3 Volaris
14   United States, Portland 34,439   Volaris
15   United States, Salt Lake City 29,756   10 Aeroméxico Connect
16   United States, Seattle 28,778   Volaris
17   Panama, Panama City 26,846   1 Copa Airlines
18   United States, San Antonio 26,707   1 Interjet, Volaris
19   United States, Denver 24,168   4 Volaris
20   United States, Reno 19,015   1 Volaris
  1. ^ The official statistics include both Midway and O'Hare airports.

Local ConflictsEdit

Recently the Expansion Projects are being delayed because of conflicts with the locals and several protests were made blocking the parking lot access many times. This project includes new and better access to the terminal and it would take 3 years to build the 2nd runway (includes 2 years of terrain preparation and 1 to build the base and pave it). The locals say that The Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico has debt to the terrain the airport sits on because of expropriation of land which was taken from the locals in 1975 to build the airport.[9] This terrain consists of the Airports polygon plus 320 hectares Of which 51 hectares will be used to build the Second runway. GAP urged the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation to resolve the problems delaying the Airport's 2nd runway construction. With this new runway and the expansion of the Terminal 1 Concourse A and C the airport will handle over 40 Million passengers .[10] If not negotiated the next step could be another expropriation to complete the project.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Traffic Report" (PDF). Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. January 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Quarter Studios - Soluciones Digitales. "Aeropuerto de Guadalajara". Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "Here the chart with routes and dates that #Interjet will cancel. Routes mostly of #Sukhoi #Superjet #flyAPM #aviación" (in Spanish). Aviation Photography of Mexico. August 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "Viva Aerobus will connect 5 Mexican cities with Chicago" (in Spanish). EnElAire. August 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Volaris no longer booking flights at Mitchell after Nov. 13". Milwaukee Business Journal. July 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2019.(subscription required)
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  8. ^ "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
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  11. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  12. ^ Bell Masayuki Shimada (1922-1958)
  13. ^ "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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