Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport

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 2018 it handled 14,340,152 passengers, and 14,823,592 in 2019, an increase of 3.37%.[1]It is Latin America's tenth 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
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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 (2019)
Total Passengers14,823,592
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".

In 2020, it was announced that the Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico group have invested around $14 billion pesos to build a new runway and terminal building, along with new facilities and improvements such as an expanded parking lot, a hotel, office block, and a solar-powered plant.[3] Additionally, the airport aims to expand services to the United States as well as Europe.[3] Expected to be completed by 2024, it is part of GAP's new expansion plan for its airports in the state of Jalisco, both Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, and its total budget is $18 billion pesos.[3]


Airport's Main entrance.
Terminal Map.
Main Corridor at 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.[4] 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.

Terminal interior

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, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo
Copa Airlines Panama City (resumes July 3, 2020)[5]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Interjet Cancún, Chicago–O'Hare, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, San Antonio, San Francisco, San José del Cabo, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City
Seasonal: Puerto Vallarta
Magnicharters Cancún
Seasonal: Tijuana
TAR Aerolineas Acapulco, Durango, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, Toluca/Mexico City
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental
United Express Houston–Intercontinental
VivaAerobus Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Hermosillo, La Paz, Los Angeles, Mérida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, Reynosa, Tampico, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, 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, 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, Seattle/Tacoma, Tapachula, Tijuana, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz


Aeromexico 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
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[6] Doha, Liege
TUM AeroCarga Hermosillo, Tijuana, Toluca
UPS Airlines Louisville



Car RentalEdit


  • City Express Guadalajara Aeropuerto]
  • Hampton Inn de Hilton Guadalajara-Aeropuerto]
  • Hangar Inn

VIP LoungesEdit


Annual trafficEdit

Annual Passenger Traffic
Year Passengers % Change
2010 6,918,621  
2011 7,154,959   3.41%
2012 7,389,897   3.28%
2013 8,104,762   9.67%
2014 8,695,183   7.28%
2015 9,758,516   12.22%
2016 11,362,552   16.43%
2017 12,779,874   12.47%
2018 14,340,152   12.21%
2019 14,823,592   3.37%

Busiest routesEdit

Busiest domestic routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2019)[7]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1   Mexico City, Mexico City 1,692,737   Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2   Baja California, Tijuana 893,917   Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3   Quintana Roo, Cancún 441,444   Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4   Nuevo León, Monterrey 425,389   Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5   Baja California, Mexicali 228,579   VivaAerobus, Volaris
6   Sonora, Hermosillo 201,162   VivaAerobus, Volaris
7   Baja California Sur, Los Cabos 191,941   Calafia Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
8   Sinaloa, Culiacán 165,775   1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
9   Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 164,203   1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
10   Baja California Sur, La Paz 121,102   Calafia Airlines, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
11   Yucatán, Mérida 115,780   2 VivaAerobus, Volaris
12   Chihuahua, Chihuahua 88,000   1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
13   Veracruz, Veracruz 81,075   1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
14   Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 73,552   Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobus, Volaris
15   Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta 62,123   Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Interjet, TAR, VivaAerobus
16   Puebla, Puebla 48,519   2 Aeromar, Viva Aerobus
17   Tabasco, Villahermosa 41,438   1 VivaAerobus
18   Tamaulipas, Reynosa 29,990   2 VivaAerobus
19   Oaxaca, Oaxaca 29,333   2 TAR, Volaris
20   México (state), Toluca 29,329   3 Interjet
Busiest international routes from Guadalajara International Airport (2019)[7]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1   United States, Los Angeles 495,421   Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2   United States, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare)[Note 1] 189,560   Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3   United States, Houston 151,952   1 United Airlines, United Express, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4   United States, San Jose 126,037   1 Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, Volaris
5   United States, Sacramento 120,468   Aeroméxico, Volaris
6   United States, Dallas 118,444   American Airlines, Volaris
7   United States, Fresno 111,631   Aeroméxico, Volaris
8   United States, Las Vegas 103,374   1 Interjet, Volaris
9   United States, San Francisco 95,542   1 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris
10   United States, Oakland 67,066   1 Volaris
11   United States, Phoenix–Sky Harbor 57,899   1 American Eagle, Volaris
12   United States, Ontario 57,877   1 Volaris
13   United States, Atlanta 50,364   3 Delta Air Lines
14   United States, San Antonio 47,781   4 Interjet, Volaris
15   United States, Seattle 44,495   1 Volaris
16   United States, Portland 44,472   2 Volaris
17   United States, Salt Lake City 31,816   2 Aeroméxico Connect
18   United States, New York-JFK 29,808   3 Volaris
19   United States, Denver 29,077   Volaris
20   Panama, Panama City 25,513   3 Copa Airlines
  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 land preparation and 1 to build the base and pave it). The locals say that The Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico debts the land where the airport sits on because of expropriation of land which was taken from the locals in 1975 to build the airport.[8] 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 .[9] If not negotiated the next step could be another expropriation to complete the project.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Traffic Report" (Web). Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. December 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "Statistics by Airport" (Web). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta airports in line for major upgrades". Mexico News Daily. Mexico News Daily. February 7, 2020. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  4. ^ Quarter Studios - Soluciones Digitales. "Aeropuerto de Guadalajara". Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "Copa Airlines plans to resume its flights". Nicolás Larenas (in Spanish). May 2020. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  6. ^ https://www.gulf-times.com/story/618496/Qatar-Airways-Cargo-commences-Macau-Guadalajara-tr
  7. ^ a b "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2020. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  8. ^ https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/landowners-continue-their-airport-battle-in-jalisco/
  9. ^ https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/second-runway-urgent-for-guadalajara/
  10. ^ Aviation Safety Network Accident Description
  11. ^ preserveamerica.noaa.gov Bell Masayuki Shimada (1922-1958)
  12. ^ nvcfoundation.org "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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