Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport

Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport
Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
GDL is located in Mexico
Location of airport in Mexico
Airport type Public
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico
Serves Guadalajara, Jalisco
Location Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 1,529 m / 5,016 ft
Coordinates 20°31′18″N 103°18′40″W / 20.52167°N 103.31111°W / 20.52167; -103.31111
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
02/20 1,818 5,964 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Total Passengers 6,953,900
International Passengers 2,181,300
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico

Guadalajara International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de Guadalajara), also known as Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (IATA: GDLICAO: MMGL). It opened in 1966 and is located 16 km south of the city centre of Guadalajara. In 2010, the airport handled 6,953,900 passengers, representing a 7.8% increase from 2009. It is Mexico's third busiest airport, after Mexico City International Airport and Cancún International Airport and second busiest for cargo flights.

Guadalajara's International Airport is composed of two runways and two terminals. It is also a major airport for connections, being a hub for Aeroméxico Connect and Volaris which is a primary gateway to the United States . also secondary hub for Aeroméxico a focus city for VivaAerobus, and Interjet. Flights are offered to several destinations within Mexico, 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".

The airport is being renovated and expanded under a project that will allow it to double its operating capacity by 2007. This renovation includes a new Terminal 1 concourse and four additional taxiways. The new Terminal 2 was recently inaugurated, this facility is exclusive for express or regional flights, trying to serve as a relief for the already saturated Terminal 1. As of today, the airport has a desperate need for a new terminal, since during peak-hours, all of the contact positions in Terminal 1 get crowded, and the remote ones have to be used. In fact, there is a 30% chance that an aircraft gets a contact parking position at Guadalajara.



PGAL reported that the airport will be expanded and remodeled[1].

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations Terminal/
Aeroméxico Chicago-O'Hare, Fresno, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Ontario, Sacramento, San Francisco 1 A
Aeroméxico Mexicali, Mexico City, Tijuana 1 C
Aeroméxico Connect Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Culiacán, Hermosillo, La Paz, Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Veracruz 2
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma 1 A
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth 1 A
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth 1 A
Continental Airlines Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, San Francisco 1 A
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Houston-Intercontinental 1 A
Copa Airlines Panama City 1 A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City 1 A
Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines Atlanta 1 A
Interjet Cancún, Hermosillo, Mexico City, Monterrey, San José del Cabo, Tijuana, Toluca 1 C
US Airways Phoenix 1 A
US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines Phoenix 1 A
VivaAerobus Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Hermosillo, La Paz, Mexico City, Mérida, Monterrey, San José del Cabo, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa 2
Volaris Chicago-Midway, Fresno, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose (CA) 1 A
Volaris Cancún, Culiacán, Hermosillo, La Paz, Mexicali, Mexico City, Tijuana, Toluca 1 C

Cargo airlines

Gate A
Air Zone
Aeroméxico Connect E-190
Terminal 2
Terminal 2 Gates
Airlines Destinations
ABX Air Los Angeles
AeroUnion Los Angeles, Mexico City
Air France Cargo Paris-Charles de Gaulle
BAX Global
Capital Cargo International Airlines Los Angeles, Toledo, San Diego
Cargolux Luxembourg, Mexico City
DHL Aviation
FedEx Express Los Angeles, Memphis
Lufthansa Cargo Dallas, Frankfurt
MasAir Bogotá, Los Angeles, Mexico City
Nippon Cargo Airlines Los Angeles, Tokyo-Narita
UPS Airlines Los Angeles, Ontario, San Antonio

Traffic statistics

Busiest International Routes out of Guadalajara International Airport (2010) [2]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 California Los Angeles, USA 364,003 Aeromexico, Alaska Air, Continental Airlines, Delta, Volaris
2 Texas Houston, USA 104,577 Continental Airlines
3 California Oakland, USA 98,826 Volaris
4 Arizona Phoenix, USA 84,811 US Airways, Mesa Airlines
5 Texas Dallas, USA 62,023 American Airlines, American Eagle
6 California San Jose, USA 58,391 Alaska Air, Volaris
7 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, GA 44,397 Delta Air Lines
8 Illinois Chicago, USA 43,894 Aeromexico(O'Hare only), Volaris,(Midway Only)
9 California Sacramento, USA 24,471 Alaska Air, Aeromexico
10 California San Francisco, USA 23,469 Aeromexico, Continental Airlines
Busiest Domestic Routes out of Guadalajara International Airport (2010) [3]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Mexico City Mexico City, D.F. 815,390 Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect, Interjet, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
2 Baja California Tijuana, Baja California 466,867 Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect, Interjet, Volaris
3 Nuevo León Monterrey, Nuevo León 230,863 Aeromexico Connect, Interjet, Viva Aerobus
4 Mexico stateflags Estado de Mexico.png Toluca, Estado de México 125,929 Interjet, Volaris
5 Quintana Roo Cancún, Quintana Roo 125,611 Interjet, Magni, Volaris
6 Baja California Mexicali, Baja California 88,136 Aeromexico, Volaris
7 Sonora Hermosillo, Sonora 73,947 Aeromexico Connect, Interjet, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
8 Baja California Sur San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur 72,678 Interjet, Viva Aerobus
9 Sinaloa Culiacán, Sinaloa 72,010 Aeromexico Connect, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
10 Jalisco Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco 67,103 Aeromexico Connect

Accidents and incidents

See also

  • List of the busiest airports in Mexico


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