Monterrey International Airport

Monterrey International Airport, (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey, IATA: MTY, ICAO: MMMY), ceremonial name General Mariano Escobedo International Airport, is an international airport located in Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico. Together with Del Norte International Airport, the airport handles domestic and international operations for the city of Monterrey and its metropolitan area.

Monterrey International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey
Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorGrupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte
ServesMonterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
LocationApodaca, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL1,280 ft / 390 m
Coordinates25°46′42″N 100°06′23″W / 25.77833°N 100.10639°W / 25.77833; -100.10639Coordinates: 25°46′42″N 100°06′23″W / 25.77833°N 100.10639°W / 25.77833; -100.10639
MTY is located in Nuevo León
MTY is located in Mexico
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
16/34 1,801 5,909 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Total Passengers11,176,555
Ranking in Mexico4th Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte

There are almost 300 daily flights to more than 35 destinations in Mexico and the United States. It is the country's fourth busiest airport and is the busiest in northern Mexico. Only Mexico City, Cancún, and Guadalajara serve more passengers per year than Monterrey International Airport.

The airport serves as a hub for Aeroméxico,[1] Magnicharters, and VivaAerobus, and a focus city for Interjet and Volaris. Airport terminals were renovated and expanded in 2003 and 2007.

It's also one of the fastest growing airports in Mexico and among the Top 15 in Latin America: in 2018, the airport handled 10,733,186 passengers, and in 2019 it handled 11,176,555 passengers.[2]

Terminal configurationsEdit

Terminal AEdit

Terminal A consists of a building comprising check-in facilities, baggage claiming, shopping areas, restaurants, customs, airport and airline offices, as many other services, while the satellite building connected via tunnels comprises all the VIP and waiting lounges, migration among other services as well as obviously the boarding gates. The Satellite building, is divided into two concourses, North Concourse for domestic flights (Gates A1-A15), while South Concourse comprises all the international flights that operate into the airport (Gates B3-B8). Several flights are delayed day by day due to the lack of free contact and even remote positions, as the ones capable of handling large aircraft such as the Boeing 787. Nevertheless, Terminal C and Terminal B work as a relief system for this terminal. There are future plans to remodel and expand the Satellite building, adding at least 4 new jetways and 3 remote positions.

Main hall of Terminal B of Monterrey International Airport

Terminal BEdit

Terminal B is considered as the second most modern air facility in the country (only behind the Mexico City's Terminal 2), it was opened in September 2010. The terminal comprise 8 gates, 6 of which are equipped with jetways and 2 apron-doors which might be used by Aeroméxico's feeder airline Aeroméxico Connect. The terminal house all operations of the SkyTeam member airlines, similar to Terminal 2 in Mexico City International Airport. The airport terminal is able to handle up to 2 million passengers per year, and allows the airport to free some slots for new airlines to operate into Terminal A.

Terminal CEdit

Terminal C, inaugurated on November 30, 2006, houses the operations from low-cost carrier serving the airport, VivaAerobus. This terminal works completely independent to Terminal A, opposite to Terminal B functionality.

Air Cargo TerminalEdit

"Air Cargo Terminal' was recently launched and has 6 hectares (15 acres) for operations. Courier companies operating nationally and abroad, notably FedEx, DHL, UPS, Estafeta.

Grupo Aeroportuario Centro NorteEdit

Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, the airport company operating this airport, has its headquarters in the air cargo zone.[3]


The airport resides at an elevation of 1280 feet (390 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 11/29 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 45 metres (9,843 ft × 148 ft). A second runway which is rarely used is designated 16/34 and also has an asphalt surface with a stretch of 1,801 by 30 metres (5,909 ft × 98 ft). The main runway, 11/29, has an ILS approach system and has its own VHF omnidirectional radio range (VOR) and DME station. It is also capable of handling aircraft such as the Boeing 747-400, but due to the lack of remote positions, this airport is mainly used by smaller aircraft. In September 2014, Monterrey commenced its first intercontinental flight in years when Aeromexico began flying its Boeing 787 Dreamliner four days a week to Tokyo-Narita as a fuel stop to flights between Mexico City International Airport and Tokyo-Narita. Aeromexico stated that the flight would last while Tijuana International Airport, the usual stop between the Aeromexico flight to Tokyo, made improvements to its runway. Monterrey was selected due to its importance to the country's economy and for being a popular business destination. Later on, Aeromexico's flight from Mexico City to Tokyo-Narita was upgraded into a direct flight, with once a day flights leaving from Mexico City. the Tokyo flights from Monterrey have since been discontinued.

Due to the growing Korean population in Monterrey, Aeroméxico also operated a direct flight from Monterrey to Seoul Incheon airport. This was the airport's first intercontinental flight since the discontinuation of the Tokyo-Narita route operating through Monterrey. The flights to Seoul were also discontinued.

  • Terminal A: 9 contact positions, 12 remote positions
  • Terminal B: 6 contact positions, 7 remote positions
  • Terminal C: 8 remote positions
    • VivaAerobus has its corporate headquarters in the Cargo Zone of Terminal C[4]
  • Number of jetways: 9 (Terminal A), 6 (Terminal B)
  • Number of baggage claiming carousels: 4

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Aeroméxico Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect Cancún, Chihuahua (suspended),[5] Detroit (suspended),[5] Guadalajara, Hermosillo (suspended),[5] Las Vegas (suspended),[5] León/El Bajío (suspended),[5] Los Angeles (suspended),[5] New York–JFK (suspended),[5] Puebla (suspended),[5] Querétaro, San Luis Potosí (suspended),[5] Tijuana (suspended)[5]
Seasonal: Orlando
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami
Calafia Airlines Culiacán, La Paz
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit
Interjet Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Havana (suspended),[6] Houston–Intercontinental (suspended),[6] Las Vegas (suspended),[6] Los Angeles (suspended),[6] Mérida, Mexico City, San Antonio (suspended),[6] Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City (suspended),[7] Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Magnicharters Acapulco, Cancún, Chihuahua, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Las Vegas, Mazatlán, Orlando, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo
Seasonal: Cozumel, Palenque, Punta Cana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Varadero
TAR Aguascalientes, Durango, Guadalajara, Querétaro, Tampico, Veracruz
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental
VivaAerobus Acapulco, Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Culiacán, Dallas/Fort Worth, Durango, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Houston–Intercontinental, La Paz, Las Vegas, León/El Bajío, Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Mérida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Morelia, Oaxaca, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, San Antonio, San José del Cabo, San Luis Potosí, Tampico, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Cozumel, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Los Angeles, Orlando
Charter: Havana
Volaris Cancún, Guadalajara, Mérida, Mexicali (suspended),[8] Mexico City, Oaxaca (suspended),[8] Puebla (suspended),[8] Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo (suspended),[8] Tijuana
Seasonal: Mazatlán
Main hall of Terminal B of the Monterrey International Airport.


Amerijet International Mexico City
AeroUnion Los Angeles, Mexico City
DHL Aviation
operated by ABX Air
Estafeta Chihuahua, San Luis Potosí
FedEx Express Memphis
MasAir Mexico City
Regional Cargo Mexico City, Querétaro
TUM AeroCarga Ciudad Juárez, Toluca
UPS Austin

Busiest routesEdit

Diagram of the Monterrey Airport terminals
North Gate of Terminal A.
Airport's Terminal B.
Airport's Terminal C.
Busiest domestic routes from Monterrey International Airport (2019)[9]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1   Mexico City, Mexico City 1,786,352   Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2   Quintana Roo, Cancún 687,049   Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3   Jalisco, Guadalajara 418,213   Aeroméxico Connect, TAR, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4   Baja California, Tijuana 222,379   VivaAerobus, Volaris
5   Querétaro, Querétaro 153,084   Aeroméxico Connect, TAR, VivaAerobus
6   Guanajuato, León 134,263   1 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
7   Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta 133,022   2 Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
8   Chihuahua, Chihuahua 120,701   Aeroméxico Connect, Magni, VivaAerobus
9   México (state), Toluca 113,316   3 Interjet, VivaAerobus
10   Veracruz, Veracruz 111,041   4 TAR, VivaAerobus
11   Yucatán, Mérida 106,953   1 VivaAerobus, Volaris
12   Puebla, Puebla 101,924   2 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus, Volaris
13   Sonora, Hermosillo 99,929   Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
14   Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez 87,233   3 Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
15   Tabasco, Villahermosa 72,839   VivaAerobus
Busiest international routes from Monterrey International Airport (2019)[9]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1   United States, Houston 196,649   Interjet, United Express, VivaAerobus
2   United States, Dallas 96,069   American Eagle
3   United States, Atlanta 60,795   Delta Air Lines
4   United States, Detroit 49,344   Aeroméxico Connect, Delta Air Lines
5   United States, Las Vegas 44,155   1 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus
6   United States, Chicago 37,546   1 United Express, VivaAerobus
7   United States, Los Angeles 30,577   1 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus
8   United States, New York 25,496   1 Aeroméxico Connect
9   United States, San Antonio 24,369   Interjet
10   United States, Miami 19,650   American Eagle
11   Cuba, Havana 14,722   2 Interjet, VivaAerobus
12   Panama, Panama City 14,198   Copa Airlines
13   South Korea, Seoul 9,423   2 Aeroméxico
14   Cuba, Varadero 4,562   1 Magni
15   United States, Orlando 3,701   1 Aeroméxico Connect, Magni, VivaAerobus

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On February 11, 2010, Click Mexicana Flight 7222, operated by Fokker 100 XA-SHJ suffered an undercarriage malfunction on approach to Quetzalcóatl International Airport, Nuevo Laredo. A low fly-past confirmed that both main gears had not deployed. The aircraft diverted to Monterrey. It was substantially damaged in the landing, having departed the runway and spun through 180°.[10]
  • On April 13, 2010 an Aerounion – Aerotransporte de Carga Union Airbus A-300B4-200, registration XA-TUE performing a freight flight, AeroUnion Flight 302 from Mexico (Mexico) to Monterrey (Mexico) with 5 crew, crashed on approach to land on General Mariano Escobedo International Airport's runway 11. The aircraft came to rest on a highway at around 23:30L (04:30Z Apr 14). All on board perished, 1 person in a truck on the highway was also reported killed, the airplane was destroyed after a large fire broke out.[11]
  • On November 24, 2010 a Mexican Air Force AN-32 cargo flight crashed when taking off from General Mariano Escobedo International Airport for a flight to Mexico City. All 5 crew members died.
  • On December 9, 2012, a Learjet 25 carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera and 4 other passengers, and 2 crew, crashed 7 minutes after take-off, while on its way to Toluca. All seven occupants died.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Aeromexico increases its connectivity to provide additional benefits to all of its clients", Press Release, Aeromexico, May 7, 2014
  2. ^ "OMA's Monthly Traffic Report". Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte. Retrieved on February 18, 2011. "Headquarters Aeropuerto Internacional de Monterrey, Zona de Carga Aérea Carretera Miguel Alemán Km. 24 S/N Apodaca, NL., México. CP 66600."
  4. ^ "Contact Archived September 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine." VivaAerobus. Retrieved on August 29, 2010. "HEADQUARTERS: Aeropuerto de Monterrey, Terminal C, Zona de carga Carretera Miguel Alemán Km. 24 Apodaca, Nuevo León, México C.P. 66600"
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Safety Precautions: COVID-19". Aeroméxico. October 2020. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Interjet suspends international flights". EnElAire (in Spanish). March 2020. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  7. ^ "Interjet limits its operation to 6 destinations". EnElAire (in Spanish). May 2020. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c d "Routes that we are operating". Volaris. September 2020. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  10. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Click Mexicana F100 at Monterrey on Feb 11th 2010, landed without main gear". Aviation Herald. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  11. ^ "6 muertos in Monterrey".
  12. ^ Planas, Roque (December 9, 2012). "Jenni Rivera Dies In Plane Crash Leaving No Survivors". Huffington Post.

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