Below is an alphabetical list of the Mexican airports we have included in this site
according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and its 3-letter IATA airport codes, followed by – the city they serve – and the state in which they are located.
*Zihuatanejo Airport is also known as Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Airport,
however the former name is how the airport’s operator refers to the installations,
as we do in the rest of this Web site.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA)
The ‘Mission’ of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) states that it was founded “to represent, lead and serve the airline industry,” thus, its focus is on the global commercial air-transport sector.
Since its creation in Havana (Cuba), in April 1945, the Association’s member airline list has grown from the initial 57 founder airlines to incorporate some 281 companies, according to the current member list. As a group, IATA’s member airlines represent over 80% of total air traffic (Available Seat Kilometers), according to IATA’s official Web site.
In addition to designating a specific 3-letter IATA airport code (location ID) for each airport, the Association also provides a 2-letter IATA airline code for each member, a full list being available in the “Airline Coding Directory,” which is updated three times per year. The principal uses of the said codes are for ticketing, reservations and baggage handling.
IATA divides the planet into the following seven geographic regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, China and North Asia, Europe, the Middle East & North Africa, Russia & the CIS countries* plus the Americas; these regions are served by (63) IATA offices in 60 countries.
*(CIS – Commonwealth of Independent States)* – also referred to as: the Russian Commonwealth
*The CIS countries are the following:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova,
Russian Federation, Tajikistan,
IATA Airline Codes
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) airline codes consist of two alphanumeric characters (letters or digits). When a Mexican airline has been allocated an IATA Airline Code, we provide that code at the start of the airline’s profile.
NOTE: *Controlled Duplicate IATA Airline Designator Code
Sometimes, when an airline has been delisted from the Association, IATA can (and often does) make the delisted airline code available for reuse after a 6-month period from the airline having been delisted.
When this happens, IATA can issue what are known as “controlled duplicates.” The said controlled duplicates are issued to regional airlines whose destinations are located in different geographical regions (see above) and thus are not likely to overlap and so the same code is shared by two (or more) airlines.
If, after having been given a duplicated designator, one of the airlines (with the same duplicated designator) changes its status, the company which had the duplicated designator first shall continue to have the use of the said code and IATA will change the designator of the other companies which share the said designator.
The controlled duplicate airline designator (code) is denoted throughout our site, and in IATA literature, with an asterisk (*).