Below is an alphabetical list of the Mexican airports we have included in this site
according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and its 4-letter *ICAO 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.
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
The ‘Mission’ of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is to ‘Achieve the sustainable growth of the global civil aviation system,’ which it undertakes through the development of policies and standards -in conjunction with governments around the world- to build aviation capacity, amongst many other activities.
The ICAO is a specialized UN agency which was created in 1944 at the time of the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) which was agreed by the Convention’s 191 Signatory States, alongside the global air industry’s main actors and aviation organizations. As a group, the participitants develop international Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) which are then adopted by the member States, according to the official ICAO Web site.
These SARPs -of which there are currently over 10,000- are reflected in the (19) Annexes to the Chicago Convention and are thus overseen by the ICAO. In addition to these SARPs, the ICAO also elaborates complementary policies that contribute to the safety, efficiency and security of the aviation sector throughout the world.
ICAO Airport Codes
Possibly the best-known work of the ICAO among the general public is the designation of each airport’s 4-letter ICAO code, of which the first two letters represent the region and country, while the last two letters represent the airport or facility.
ICAO divides the planet into seven geographical regions as follows: Asia and Pacific (APAC), Eastern and Southern Africa (ESAF), Europe and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT), the Middle East (MID), North America, Central America and the Caribbean (NACC), South America (SAM), and Western and Central Africa (WACAF), all of which have their own head offices in charge of participating in the capacity-building efforts required by today’s global air transport network, which in all, operates over 100,000 daily flights around the globe.