Guadalajara International Airport

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Introduction to Guadalajara Airport


The Guadalajara Airport codes are as follows: IATA CODE: GDL // ICAO CODE: MMGL

The International Airport of Guadalajara (GDL), also known as the Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport lies 16 kms. to the south of the city centre along Highway #23 (the Guadalajara – Chapala Highway), also known as Avenida de la Solidaridad Iberoamericana, serving the State capital of Jalisco; it is located in the municipality of Tlajomulco, just 15 kms. north of the town of Chapala, which lies on the shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest lake.

The Guadalajara Airport was inaugurated on March 20th, 1951

Guadalajara International Airport is the most important of the network of 12 Mexican airports operated by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C. V. (Grupo GAP), and is Mexico’s third busiest airport -regarding passenger numbers- behind Mexico City and Cancún airports; it lies at an altitude of 1,529 mts.

Guadalajara Airport is a ‘hub’ for two national airlines: Aeroméxico Connect and Volaris, as well as being a focus airport for VivaAerobus and Interjet

The airport has two runways (10/28 & 02/20) and two passenger terminals, as well as a cargo terminal. Terminal 1 handles both domestic (Sala 1A) and international flights (Sala 1C) by way of 10 contact positions and 11 remote positions; Terminal 2 handles only domestic traffic through 16 remote positions. There are also FBO services on offer here through the company Aerotron. There are currently fifteen airlines operating out of Guadalajara Airport, 9 Mexican and 6 international.

Guadalajara upped its standing on the list of the Top 20 busiest airports in Latin America in 2018, climbing one place to close the year at #11

 


Arrivals & Departures – Guadalajara


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Hotels at Guadalajara Airport


The two ‘Airport Hotels’ that we offer online reservations for at the Guadalajara Airport can be booked by clicking on the following text links for the Hampton Inn Guadalajara Airport Hotel and the Casa Grande Airport Hotel Guadalajara.

If your preference is to stay in the city itself, check out our ‘Hotel search’ option below.

Just type in Guadalajara to check out our online Hotel reservations for this city.

… We hope you enjoy your stay!

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Airlines and Routes – Guadalajara Airport


Direct Domestic flights to / from Guadalajara

(January 5, 2020)

In total, Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) currently offers direct routes to 59 destinations. On the domestic front, GDL is connected to 31 cities by 9 Mexican carriers; in the international arena, the airport serves 26 destinations, see below for further international information.

The Mexican players operating domestic options at GDL are the country’s best-known charter airline: Magnicharters (1) along with the three regional airlines: Aeromar (3), Calafia Airlines (5), and TAR Aerolineas (5), the Mexican LCC: Interjet (6), and the two Mexican ULCCs VivaAerobus (19) and Volaris (25), as well as Aeroméxico (3).


Aereo Calafia landed in Guadalajara -on Sept. 23, 2015- with flights to La Paz (LAP) and Los Cabos (SJD) and currently serves 5 destinations from GDL

Volaris incorporated two new services between (GDL-ACA) Acapulco (2 weekly flights: Wed. & Sun.) launched -on Feb. 3, 2019- plus (GDL-CTM) Chetumal (2 weekly flights: Mon. & Sat.) beginning -on Feb. 18, 2019- and … as of June 15, this ULCC added a further route to its GDL portfolio, this time uniting (GDL-DGO) Durango with 3 weekly flights -Mon., Wed. and Sat.- also in June, Volaris added its (GDL-QRO) Queréatro services with four weekly options: Tues., Thurs., Sat. and Sundays


Mexico City (MEX) – Puebla (PBC) – Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Mexico City (MEX) – Monterrey (MTY) – Tijuana (TIJ)
La Paz (PAZ) – Loreto (LTO) – Los Cabos (SJD) – Los Mochis (LMM) – Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Cancun (CUN) – Los Cabos (SJD) – Mexico City (MEX) – Puerto Vallarta (PVR) – Tijuana (TIJ) – Toluca (TLC)
Cancún (CUN) – Tijuana (Seasonal Winter services Dec. – Jan.)
Acapulco (ACA) – Durango (DGO) – Oaxaca (OAX) – Puerto Vallarta (PVR) – Querétaro (QRO)
Cancún (CUN) – Chihuahua (CUU) – Ciudad Juárez (CJS) – Culiacan (CUL) – Hermosillo (HMO) – La Paz (LAP) – Los Cabos (SJD) – Mérida (MID) – Mexicali (MXL) – Mexico City (MEX) – Monterrey (MTY) – Puebla (PBC) – Puerto Vallarta (PVR) – Reynosa (REX) – Tampico (TAM) – Tijuana (TIJ) – Tuxtla Gutiérrez (TGZ) – Veracruz (VER) – Villahermosa (VSA)
Volaris
Acapulco (ACA) – Cancún (CUN) – Chetumal (CTM) – Chihuahua (CUU) – Ciudad Juárez (CJS) – Ciudad Obregon (CEN) – Culiacán (CUL) – Durango (DGO) – Hermosillo (HMO) – Huatulco (HUX) – La Paz (LAP) – Los Cabos (SJD) – Los Mochis (LMM) – Mérida (MID) – Mexicali (MXL) – Mexico City (MEX) – Monterrey (MTY) – Oaxaca (OAX) – Puerto Escondido (PXM) – Querétaro (QRO) – Tapachula (TAP) – Tijuana (TIJ) – Torreón (TRC) – Tuxtla Gutiérrez (TGZ) – Veracruz (VER)
*Zihuatanejo Airport is also known as Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Airport

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Direct International flights to / from Guadalajara


(January 5, 2020)

The international players with services to/from Guadalajara are the US carriers Alaska Airlines (2), American Airlines (3), Delta Air Lines (1) and United Airlines (1), and the other cross-border option heads south with Panama’s flagship carrier: Copa Airlines (1); together, this group provides direct services to 7 international destinations out of Guadalajara.


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For their part, the Mexican carriers with international services to/from GDL include Aeroméxico (7) and its affiliate Aeroméxico Connect (3); Interjet offers 5 US destinations, VivaAerobus contributes with 2 US destinations (+ 1 as of Dec. 2019), and Volaris -by far the leader in international services from GDL- offers 21 international destinations -including the US city of Chicago to both the MDW and the ORD airports- all but 1 of which link GDL to the US, this ULCC’s other international option heads south to the capital of El Salvador.

Regarding the Volaris services to Albuquerque (ABQ), these flights united these ‘Sister Cities’ for the first time and launched the ABQ installations back onto the international market after 8 years with no cross-border options. Perhaps of interest is that the Volaris codeshare partner airline: Frontier Airlines also landed in ABQ -towards the close of 2017- and is currently offering (ABQ-DEN) Denver, so a potential connection there if you are interested. As for US-based passengers, Volaris currently offers 25 domestic routes out of Guadalajara, so several potential connections there, as well as the company’s international option to San Salvador (El Salvador).

on May 1, 2019., Aeroméxico Connect added (DTW) Detroit to its GDL offering, with 3 weekly frequencies -Tues., Thurs. and Sun.- // the GDL-DTW leg is on Mon., Wed. and Fridays … and, the company reintroduces its San Jose, Calif. (SJC-GDL) services as of Dec. 12, 2019

VivaAerobus offers its third -seasonal- international connection: Chicago (CLT-GDL) Guadalajara covering the period from Dec. 7, 2019 until Jan. 13, 2020

*Seasonal


Aeroméxico Contigo
Chicago (ORD) – Fresno (FAT) – Los Angeles (LAX) – Sacramento (SMF) – Salt Lake City (SLC) – San Francisco (SFO) – San José (SJC – as of Dec. 12, 2019)
Los Angeles (LAX) – San José (SJC – California)
American Airlines / American Eagle**
Charlotte (CLT) – Dallas (DFW) – Phoenix** (PHX)
Panama City (PTY)
Delta Air Lines   Atlanta (ATL)
Chicago (ORD) – Las Vegas (LAS) – Los Angeles (LAX) – San Antonio (SAT) – San Francisco (SFO)
United Airlines / United Express
Houston (IAH)
Chicago* (ORD – as of Dec. 7, 2019) – Houston* (IAH) – Los Angeles (LAX)
Charlotte (CLT) – Chicago (MDW+ORD) – Dallas (DFW) – Denver (DEN) – Fresno (FAT) – Houston (IAH) – Las Vegas (LAS) – Los Angeles (LAX) – Miami (MIA) – New York (JFK) – Oakland (OAK) – Ontario (ONT – Calif.) – Orlando (MCO) – Phoenix (PHX) – Portland (PDX) – Reno (RNO) – Sacramento (SMF) – San Antonio (SAT) – San José (SJC – Calif.) – Seattle (SEA)

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Parking – Guadalajara Airport


The GPS coordinates for Guadalajara Airport are: Lat.: 20º 31’ 33.66” N // Long.: 103º 18’ 67.86” W

The parking here (available 24-7) has different costs: MXN 40 per hour for the first 2 hours, MXN 35 per hour for the 3rd and 4th hours, and reaches a total daily cost of MXN 270, for the first day, thereafter the price drops to MXN 215 each for the next 10 days. Parking costs can be paid through the Quick Service Payments (machines) using VISA/Mastercard plastics.

Access to Terminal one is via a four-lane road, whilst to Terminal 2 it’s a single lane road

There are also two offsite parking options: Alvolar (http://alvolar.com.mx/) and Cheap Cost (http://cheapcost.com.mx/) – both charge 110 pesos per day and offer drop off/pick up services.

Beware! Lose your parking ticket here and you will be charged MXN 230

 


Car Hire – Guadalajara Airport


To arrange your car rental on arrival at the airport itself, this airport offers both local and international options, here is a list of the companies: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Fox, Hertz, National, Optima, Sixt and Thrifty Dollar.  All these companies are located in the Domestic and/or International arrivals sections of the Terminal and are available on a 24-hour basis.

Or … save time … check out our online car reservations at Guadalajara Airport.

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Taxis and Transfers – Guadalajara Airport


Official taxis are available on a 24-hour basis from both T-1 and T-2; to make your reservation, here are the phone numbers: +52-(33)-3688-6002 // +52-(33)-3688-5890. There are also options to the Central Bus Station from the Primera Plus and VivaAerobus coach services. Further afield, there are coach services to the nearby towns of Chapala, El Salto, El Zapote and Ciudad Guzmán, among others.

 


Left Luggage – Guadalajara Airport


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Lost and Found – Guadalajara Airport


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Money – Guadalajara Airport


Banking services at the Guadalajara Airport are available with HSBC; other ATM options include Banamex, Bancomer, Santander and Scotiabank, all of which are before passing through security in T-1, with the exception of HSBC, which is in the International Departures area.

In addition, there are two Foreign Exchange options: CI Banco (Domestic Arrivals T-1, 07:00 to 22:00 hrs.) and Globo Cambio (International Arrivals T-1, 24-hour service).

For travellers looking to claim back the VAT paid during their stay in Mexico, again there are two options: Tax Back (07:00-20:00 hrs.) and YVESAM-Tax Free (09:00-21:00 hrs.), both are located before the security zone in T-1.

 


Health – Guadalajara Airport


Anyone looking for medication or health products during their pass through Guadalajara Airport can visit the Farmacia Benavides, found both before and after security (Gate 11), open from 06:00 – 22:00 hrs.

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Shopping / food – Guadalajara Airport


As to be expected in an airport this size, there are many shopping options. Here’s a list of the stores before security in T-1: Cloe, Converse Clothing and Accesories, Divers, Indita Mia and Scappino, most of these options are open from 06:00-21:00/22:00 hrs.

After security, the following options are available in T-1: Airport Market, Cloe, El Baño de Maria, Gandhi Bookstore, Lacoste, Leonisa, News & Books, Pineda Covalin, Scappino, Sunglass Hut and Tobacco Shop; in this case the opening hours vary widely though in general they are open from 06:00 – 21:00 hrs.

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VIP Salons – Guadalajara Airport


There are two VIP Salons run by the Guadalajara Airport, one each in the National (Gate 14) and International (Gate 5) Departure areas. There is also a Club Premier (Aeroméxico) Salon in the National Departures area, open from 5:30 – 22:00 hours.

Once past security, you may like to try out the Sherpa Masaje Express services (Gate 9), available from 06:00 to 21:00 hours.

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Passenger Numbers – Guadalajara Airport


The last decade saw Guadalajara record ten consecutive years of growth with the upward trend in passenger traffic at GDL kicking off with a total of 6,953,900* passengers -in 2010- and closed the decade -in 2019- having handled 14,846,300* passengers throughout the year.

Guadalajara International Airport added over 8 million to its annual passenger count over the last decade, up from almost 7 mn. -in 2010- to almost 15 mn. in 2019

The year 2011 registered 7,201,700 passengers, and -in 2012- the number increased to 7,436,400. In 2013, GDL surpassed the 8-million-passenger threshold to post a passenger total of 8,104,762 and then added half a million more -in 2014- to close the year with 8,695,183 passengers.

In 2014, passenger numbers at GDL increased to 8,695,183 – up 7.28% on the 2013 numbers

The above official figures easily place the Guadalajara airport as the busiest Terminal operated by Grupo OMA, and the third most important in the country -in terms of passenger numbers- behind only the Mexico City and Cancún aiports. In 2015, GDL registered a year-on-year increase of 12.24% by adding over 800,000 to its passenger numbers compared with the previous year and thus reached the annual total of 9,759,222 to maintain its place at #3 on the Republic’s list of busiest airports for 2015.

Guadalajara stayed at #3 in Mexico’s top-airports list in 2015 with 9,759,222 passengers to post a year-on-year increase of 12.24%

Throughout 2016, Guadalajara increased its year-on-year passenger count by 16.4% to close the period with a total of 11,362,552. This was followed by a total of 12,779,874 in 2017, an annual increase of 12.2%; the 2017 result was divided as follows: 9,021,626 were provided by the domestic niche and the remaining 3,758,248 were contributed by international services, the latter having increased 2.4% over the period.

Guadalajara registered 12,779,874 passengers in 2017, up over 3 million on its total for 2015

In 2018, Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) registered a healthy annual increase of 12.1% in its global passenger number, an overall increase of just over 1.5 million passengers to give a total headcount of 14,351,600 for the year, according to an official press release from Grupo GAP. The above figures show why GDL is the star of the Grupo GAP airport network.

In 2018, Guadalajara (GDL) upped its global passenger numbers by over 1.5 million to register 14,351,600 visitors transitting the installations

Regarding the domestic niche -in 2018- GDL finally managed to surpass the 10-million-passenger mark for the first time, after recording a year-on-year increase of exactly 14% in this niche to close the year with 14,351.600 passenger; for its part, the international arena contributed with an increase of 7.3%, having handled 4,038,000 passengers for the period and thus crept past the 4-million-passenger barrier for the first time.

The domestic passenger numbers at Guadalajara surpassed the 10-million mark for the first time in 2018 and the international headcount surpassed 4 million, also for the first time

In 2019, a total of 14,846,300 visitors upped Guadalajara’s passenger count to post a year-on-year increase of 3.4% with the domestic sector contributing 10,495,800 -up 1.8%- and the international market adding the remaining 4,350,500 passengers -up 7.7% on the previous year- to close the last decade maintaining its traditional position at #3 on Mexico’s busiest airports list last year.

*Grupo GAP releases its passenger statistics rounded up to the nearest thousand, we added the last two zeros

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General Statistics – Guadalajara Airport


LOCATION
Lat.: 20º 31’ 33.66” N // Long.: 103º 18’ 67.86” W (These coordinates are not for air navigation).
DISTANCE FROM CITY
16 kilometers
CATEGORY
Sixth
CLASSIFICATION
International
TYPE
Metropolitan
SURFACE AREA
1,062.3 hectares
ELEVATION ABOVE SEA LEVEL
1,529 meters
NUMBER OF RUNWAYS
2
PRINCIPAL RUNWAY
10/28 – 4,000 x 60 meters
SECONDARY RUNWAY
02/20 – 1,818 x 35 meters
TYPE OF COVERING
Asphalt
CAPACITY (pph*)
1,400
TOTAL SURFACE
19,600 m2

*Passengers per hour

 

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Contact Information for Guadalajara Airport


Telephone Numbers – Guadalajara Airport

From within the city, use only the number below.
From outside the city but within Mexico, dial +01-(33), then the number below.
From outside Mexico, dial +52-(33), then the number below.

Airport information
3688-5248 // 3284-6484
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Address – Guadalajara Airport

Km 17.5 on the Guadalajara-Chapala Highway, Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco, C.P. 45659

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