Culiacan International Airport


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Introduction to Culiacan Airport

Culiacan International Airport codes: IATA Code: CUL // ICAO Code: MMCL

The International Airport of Culiacan, also known as the Federal de Bachigualato International Airport, serves the city of Culiacan -the state capital of Sinaloa- from 06:00 to 22:00 hours and is operated by Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, S.A. de C.V., though this group is more commonly known as Grupo OMA: Operadora Mexicana de Aeropuertos.

Culiacan was founded by the former bodyguard of the Spanish King -Charles V- Captain Nuño Beltrán de Guzmán, in 1531

Culiacan Airport lies at an elevation of just 33 meters above sea level and has a surface area of 294.27 hectares; its passenger terminal comprises 11,250 m2 and serves mainly business travellers (up to 173 p.h.) due to the vibrant economy of the city; Culiacan contributes no less than 32% of Sinaloa state’s GDP.

The Culiacan International Airport was inaugurated on November 20, 1956

In February of 2012, work on the terminal building of Culiacan Airport was started and included an extention of 3,000 sq. mts. and the renovation of a further 2,500 sq. mts., plus the incorporation of a panoramic lift as a central feature of the terminal façade, among other works. At the moment, the Culiacan International Airport is served by 6 Mexican airlines offering scheduled services; it also acts as one of 5 bases maintained by the Aerolíneas Executivas executive charter company.

In 2014, Culiacan won the ACI* award: ‘Best Regional LatAm Airport’ under 2 mn. pass. for its ASQ**

As far as passenger numbers are concerned, Culiacan was the second busiest of the 13 Mexican airports operated by Grupo OMA in 2017, having handled a total of 1,909,651 passengers throughout the year; in 2018, the visitor numbers handled at CUL were up over 18% on the previous year having registered a headcount of 2,270,834 passengers. See below for more details.

*Airports Council International

**Airport Service Quality

The Culiacan International Airport also acts as Air Base #10 for the Mexican Air Force

Investment Plans for Culiacan Airport

According to Grupo OMA’s five-year Master Development Program for 2016-2020, Culiacan is due to benefit from a total investment of MXN 192.1 mn. (US$ 11.13* mn.). For 2016, the money earmarked for Culiacan was MXP 39.4 mn., and for 2017, the sum was MXP 28.7 mn. Last year, the airport was to receive investment to the tune of MXN 27.2 mn.

Over the period 2016-2020, Culiacan Airport will receive a total investment of around US$ 11.13* mn.

The highest amount of annual investment here is being saved until last, with both 2019 and 2020 to receive over MXP 48 million: 48.5 and 48.2 mn, respectively. Besides Culiacan being the second most important of the Group’s 13-airport network, it is also the second largest investment of Grupo OMA’s  5-year Master Plan, behind only Monterrey (MTY).

*The above figures were published on Dec. 31st, 2015. We used the currency convertor to provide you with an estimate of the US-Dollar equivalent of the total investments planned at this airport


Arrivals & Departures – Culiacan



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Airlines and Routes – Culiacan Airport

Direct Domestic flights to / from Culiacan


(December 15, 2019)

Culiacan International Airport is currently served by 6 Mexican airlines, which together directly connect the city to 10 domestic destinations and one in the US.

On the domestic front, this airport is served by the two regional carriers Calafia Airlines (5) and TAR Aerolíneas (2 – 1 is an onward bound option), the Grupo Aeroméxico affiliate Aeroméxico Connect (1), plus the LCC Interjet (1), and both the Republic’s ULCCs: VivaAerobus (6) and Volaris (6 + 1 international).

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TAR Aerolíneas added 2 routes from Culiacan (CUL) -on Oct. 23, 2015- to Chihuahua (CUU) and La Paz (LAP); TAR also linked (CUL-CUU) Chihuahua -as of Feb. 22, 2018- this route being its first services operating in Chihuahua

VivaAerobus introduced services between (CUL-TIJ) Tijuana -on Nov. 1, 2017- and -just prior to the close of 2018- it upped its offering at CUL with services uniting (CUL-MEX) Mexico City -as of Dec. 13, 2018

Volaris added services uniting (CUL-CJS) Ciudad Juárez -launched on Feb. 2, 2019- with three weekly frequencies on Mon., Wed. and Saturdays

Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City (MEX)
Cabo San Lucas (CSL) – La Paz (LAP) – Mazatlán (MZT) – Mexicali (MXL)
Mexico City (MEX)
Chihuahua (CUU – with an onward flight to Hermosillo HMO)
Guadalajara (GDL) – La Paz (LAP) – Los Cabos (SJD) – Mexico City (MEX) – Monterrey (MTY) – Tijuana (TIJ)
Ciudad Juárez (CJS) – Guadalajara (GDL) – Los Cabos (SJD) – Mexicali (MXL) – Mexico City (MEX) – Tijuana (TIJ)

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Direct International flights to / from Culiacan

(December 15, 2019)

The only carrier offering international services at CUL is the Mexican ULCC Volaris, which connects the city to Phoenix, Arizona.

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Volaris opened its international route to the USA from CULiacán to Phoenix (PHX) on May 27, 2016

Phoenix (PHX)

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Parking – Culiacan Airport

The GPS coordinates for the Culiacan Airport are: Lat.: 24° 45′ 51″ N // Long.: 107° 28′ 27″ W

The parking at Culiacan Airport costs MXN 28 per hour; the maximum daily charge is MXN 250. Parking is available 24 hours and there is an automatic (cash machine) payment option inside the Terminal building, and if you spend all your cash you can pay with your Visa, Mastercard or American Express cards.

Beware! Losing your parking ticket for this airport will cost you no less than MXN 250


Car Hire – Culiacan Airport

For those of you looking to rent a car at the Culiacan Airport, there is a wide selection from which to choose on your arrival, including Aga Rent a Car, Alamo and Avis; Budget Car Rental, Europcar, Hertz and Hertz Avasa; plus National Car Rental and Sixt, all of which are located on the ground floor of the Terminal.

Checking out the prices at all these car rental agencies should keep you busy for a while! Payments are accepted in cash or by credit card. However, if you are open to renting a car in the city itself, check out our online car hire options below.

Just type in Culiacan to see our online car reservations for this city, or others.

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Taxis and Transfers – Culiacan Airport

The Culiacan Airport offers three ‘official’ taxi options: Ebsa, Compass Taxi and Autotransportistas Fernando Amilpa, collectively they offer services starting from 05:00 to 24:00 hrs. daily.


Left Luggage – Culiacan Airport

No details on these services are available … yet.


Lost and Found – Culiacan Airport

The Lost and Found office is located in the adinistration offices to the side of the Terminal building, open from 09:00 to 18:00 hrs. See ‘Contact info’ below for telephone.

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Money – Culiacan Airport

At Culiacan Airport there are several banks offering ATM services, on the ground floor you’ll find options from Banco Del Bajio, BBVA Bancomer, HSBC, Santander and Scotiabank; you also have currency exchange options in the form of the HT Centro Cambiario, open from 06:00 to 22:00 hrs.


Health – Culiacan Airport

For those of you requiring medication or health products, there is a Benavides pharmacy, open from 05:30 to 22:00 hrs, located in the last-minute waiting room.

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Shopping / Food – Culiacan Airport

The shopping options at the Airport are reasonably varied and include three convenience stores plus half a dozen fashion/accessory stores and -if you’re feeling lucky- you could try the Loteria.

For those wih an appetite, the Culiacan Aiport offers two restaurants: Bajamar and El Borregito Cimarron, plus the Tienda Chata, for typical local meats.

Duty-free services at Culiacan Airport come in the form of the Dufry Duty Free outlet

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Passenger Numbers – Culiacan Airport

Culiacan International Airport has handled over a million passengers annualy since 2010, when it registered a total of 1,059,904; the following year there was a slight increase to 1,070,706 and then, in 2012, an additional 100,000 visitors bumped the annual figure up to 1,168,380.

For 2013, again there was a respectable increase in visitor numbers, the final amount reaching 1,252,235; then, in 2014, the figure again increased, this time to 1,307,717 of which, 17,384 were international passengers, according to the official figures released by Grupo OMA.

Culiacan was the 2nd most important terminal for Grupo OMA in 2014, and 9th nationally

For 2015, Grupo OMA declared in its annual traffic report that Culiacán had handled 1,432,315 passengers, a year-on-year increase of 9.53%. Of this total, 1,416,272 passengers arrived on domestic flights, an increase of 9.8%; in the international arena, there were just 16,043 passengers, which meant a dip of 7.7%, though the international market has never been much in demand at Culiacan.

In 2015, Culiacan upped its total visitor numbers 9.53% to 1,432,315 – just short of the 1.5 mn. mark

The aforementioned domestic result for 2015 meant that Culiacan maintained its second place position regarding Grupo OMA’s domestic market, behind only Monterrey’s Mariano Escobedo whilst, in the overall national arena, the terminal closed the year as the Republic’s 7th busiest airport in the domestic sector; it was also among the group of just three of OMA’s airport network to handle over a million passengers.

The  passenger count at Culiacán in 2015 placed it at #7 on the Republic’s top-ten list for domestic services

In 2016, this Airport registered a highly positive result with its visitor count up almost 300,000 for the year to close the period with 1,726,654 passengers; of this total 1,699,649 arrived on domestic services and the remaining 27,005 arrived on private international flights.

The highly positive results of 2016 at Culiacan Airport meant this Terminal climbed one place on Mexico’s top airports list, to #9

Throughout 2017, once again the Airport increased its passenger traffic to reach 1,909,651 passengers, meaning the installations have upped their annual headcount by over 600,000 since 2014. Certainly not a bad record, 2017 registering an annual increase of 20.55%. Of the aforementioned total 1,880,298 passengers arrived on domestic flights and the remaining 29,353 were registered on international services.

Culiacan International Airport dropped 1 place to close 2017 at #10 on Mexico’s busiest airports list

Culiacan handled a total of 2,270,834 passengers throughout 2018 to post another impressive result, 18.9% above 2017 -according to an official press release from Grupo OMA- and thus upped the annual visitor figure by over 360,000 passengers to surpass the 2-million-passenger mark for the first time; the domestic niche here registered 2,241,333 passengers to give an annual growth rate of 19.2%, whilst the international passenger numbers amounted to just 29,501 meaning growth but just by 0.5%. The above figures mean this Terminal maintained its position as the second busiest passenger airport of OMA’s Mexican airport network.

For the first time, Culiacan Airport handled over 2 million passengers in 2018, having registered a headcount of 2,270,834 to give an annual increase of 18.9% and thus increase its standing on Mexico’s top airports list by two places, closing the year at #8

Culiacan continued with its positive passenger results in 2019, with the official Grupo OMA statistics -released on Jan. 6, 2020- showing a global passenger count of 2,458,863 passengers to post a year-on-year increase of 8.3%.

Culiacan Airport registered almost 2.5 mn. passengers throughout 2019, to post a global increase of 8.3%, easily maintaining its #2 position among the 13 Mexican airports operated by Grupo OMA

In the domestic niche, CUL handled 2,422,274 passengers which translates to an annual increase of 8.1%, whilst in the international arena this Terminal registered an impressive increase of exactly 24%, having welcomed 36,589 cross-border visitors to the State capital of Sinaloa.

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General Statistics – Culiacan Airport

Lat.: 24° 45′ 51″ N // Long.: 107° 28′ 27″ W (These coordinates are not for air navigation.)
12 kilometers
294.27 hectares
33 meters
2,300 x 45 meters – *OPH 22

*Operations per hour

11,250 m2

*Passengers per hour


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Contact Information for Culiacan Airport

Telephone Numbers – Culiacan Airport

From within the city, use only the number below.
From outside the city but within Mexico, dial +01-(667), then the number below.
From outside Mexico, dial +52-(667), then the number below.
Airport information
760-0670 // 480-7000
Tourism information
Lost & Found 480-7000 – Ext. 3431 & 3439
Currency exchange XXXXXXXXXX
Immigration XXXXXXXXXX
Airport security XXXXXXXXXX
Tourist Police XXXXXXXXXX
Civil Aviation Authority
SAGARPA/SENESICA Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Alimentation XXXXXXXXXX
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 Address – Culiacan Airport

Carretera Navolato km 4.5 Col. Bachilaguato, Culiacán, C.P. 80130, Sinaloa

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