Mazatlan International Airport

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Introduction to Mazatlan Airport

The Mazatlan Airport codes are as follows: IATA code: MZT // ICAO Code: MMMZ

The International Airport of Mazatlan, also known as the General Rafael Buelna International Airport, is located 18 kilometres to the southeast of the city (20 mins. by car) and, being close to the coast, lies at just 11.5 meters above sea level. This airport is classed as Tourist and is operated by Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, S.A. de C.V. (OMA).

The International Airport of Mazatlan was inaugurated on January 10th, 1952

Mazatlan Airport is the busiest airport in the state of Sinaloa -in terms of international traffic- and serves the famous beach resort of the same name; its surface area covers a total of 458.44 hectares, whilst the passenger terminal comprises 17,758 m2. The Mazatlan control tower is one of the country’s four Regional Control Centers*, in this case covering the northwest region of the Republic.

Over the winter 2018/19 season, Mazatlan Airport will offer direct scheduled flights to 22 destinations (see below for further information). Regarding passenger numbers at Mazatlan International Airport, the Airport handled almost a million passengers in 2017, the precise number being 994,283 and thus placing it as the 5th busiest of the 13 Mexican airports that form the network operated by Grupo OMA. Throughout 2018, the passenger numbers surpassed the magic 1- million threshold at MZT, see below for further details.

*The four Regional Control Centers of the Mexican Republic are: Mazatlán (MZT), Mérida (MID), Mexico City (MEX) and Monterrey (MTY)

In 2013, Mazatlan received its 2nd ASQ Award* as Best Regional Airport in LATAM & the Caribbean

*ASQ – Airport Service Quality – run by the Airports Council International – ACI

Investment Plans for Mazatlán Airport

According to the Master Development Program for 2016-2020, released by Grupo OMA at the close of 2015, the group has set aside a total of MXN 124 mn. ( US$ 7.2* mn.) for Mazatlán Airport. In 2016, the installations received investment of MXP 25.7 mn., and in 2017, the amount was the largest annual investment over the five-year period, with a total of MXN 32.3 mn.

Over the period 2016-2020, Mazatlán Airport will receive a total investment of around US$ 7.2* mn.

For 2018, the sum will be MXP 31.5 mn., whilst in 2019, the airport is earmarked to receive investment to the tune of MXP 24.1 mn., and the year 2020 will be the smallest annual investment for the airport, at MXP 10.4 million.

*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 – Mazatlán




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Airlines and Routes – Mazatlan Airport

Direct Domestic flights to / from Mazatlan


(January 7, 2020)

Mazatlán International Airport is currently connected to 19 destinations, the direct flights being divided as follows: 7 domestic and 12 international options.

There are currently 7 Mexican airlines operating at MZT, the regional carriers Calafia Airlines (3) and TAR Aerolíneas (3), plus the Grupo Aeroméxico affiliate Aeroméxico Connect (1). Also present are the Mexican charter airline Magnicharters (2), and the country’s LCC: Interjet (1), along with the two Mexican ULCCs VivaAerobus (4) and Volaris (3). See below for international gateways to MZT.

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TAR Aerolineas introduced direct flights from MZT to Cd. Juarez (CJS) & Hermosillo (HMO) as of Nov. 20, 2018

On Dec. 16, 2018., VivaAerobus incorporated servces between (MZT -LAP) La Paz, followed -on June 10, 2019- by (LAP-TIJ) Tijuana, thus upping its options out of MZT to four

Mexico City (MEX)
Cabo San Lucas (CSL) – Hermosillo (HMO) – La Paz (LAP)
Mexico City (MEX)
Monterrey (MTY) – Los Cabos (SJD)
Ciudad Juárez (CJS) – Hermosillo (HMO) – Querétaro (QRO)
La Paz (LAP) – Mexico City (MEX) – Monterrey (MTY) – Tijuana (TIJ)
Mexico City (MEX) – Monterrey (MTY) – Tijuana (TIJ)


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Direct International flights to / from Mazatlan


(January 7, 2020)

There are currently no Mexican carriers operating international services at Mazatlán (MZT). However, there are three US carriers together offering 5 year-round gateways to MZT; the number of international gateways -over the Winter 2018/19 season- rose to 12 (at Jan. 20, 2019), by way of 8 international airlines.

Through the summer of 2019, Mazatlán was directly connected to 5 international gateways by way of Alaska Airlines (1), American Airlines (3) and Sun Country Airlines (1) uniting the USA and Mazatlán. Currently, United Airlines has returned with a seasonal offering to Mazatlán, to bring the USA gateways to this Pacific resort to six for the Winter 2019/20 season.

Meanwhile -from Canada- the offering was from WestJet, which was operating 3 gateways into MZT for the Summer 2019 season; it is currently serving MZT from two Canadian gateways. The Canadian carrier Swoop, a member airline of WestJet Airlines Ltd., has launched its seasonal Winter 2019/20 services into MZT from two Canadian cities -as of Oct./Nov. For its part, Sunwing Airlines -the Canadian leisure carrier- has upped its package-deal seasonal Winter 2019/20 services to Mazatlán to offer 11 Canadian gateways.

So … in total, Mazatlán is enjoying the benefits of 12 Canadian gateways over the Winter 2019/20 season, along with a further 6 gateways from the USA, to bring the total to 18, up 6 from the previous winter, this time being offered by 7 international airlines. See below for further details.

American Eagle introduced direct services to Mazatlan from Los Angeles as of Nov. 7, 2015

WestJet has also decided to add a further weekly frequency to its options between Calgary (YYC) – Mazatlán for the winter 2018/19 season

United Airlines withdrew its Chicago & Houston (IAH) services to MZT in 2019 but reintroduced its Houston (IAH-MZT) route as of Jan. 9, 2019., these services offer two weekly frequencies operated by Mesa Airlines

The New Canadian ULCC Swoop landed in Mazatlán with flights from Abbotsford (YXX) -on Jan. 20, 2019- on a seasonal basis. This route was reintroduced as of Oct. 25, 2019- with two weekly frequencies (on Wed./Fri.) and -as of Nov. 2, 2019- Swoop added its second seasonal gateway, this time uniting (MZT-YEG) Edmonton with weekly frequencies on Saturdays

Alaska Airlines Los Angeles (LAX)
American Airlines – American Eagle Dallas (DFW) – Los Angeles (LAX) – Phoenix (PHX)
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis* (MSP)
Sunwing Airlines Calgary* (YYC – as of Nov. 8, 2019) – Edmonton* (YEG – as of Nov. 8, 2019) –  Montreal* (YUL – as of Dec. 17, 2019) – Ottowa* (YOW – as of Dec. 17, 2019) – Quebec* (YQB – as of Dec. 17, 2019)- Regina* (YQR – as of Dec. 13, 2019) – Saskatoon* (YXE – as of Dec. 3, 2019) – Toronto* (YYZ – as of Nov. 5, 2019) – Vancouver* (YVR – as of Nov. 8, 2019) – Victoria* (YYJ – as of Dec. 21, 2019) – Winnipeg* (YWG – as of Dec. 13, 2019)
Swoop Abbotsford* (YXX) – Edmonton (YEG)
United Airlines Houston (IAH)
Calgary* (YYC) – Vancouver* (YVR)

Mazatlan’s annual sports fishing tournament -in June- attracts participants from all over the world

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Parking – Mazatlan Airport

The GPS coordinates for Mazatlan Airport are: Lat.: 23° 09′ 40.88″ N // Long.: 106° 15′57′ 86″ W

The parking here costs MXN 32 per hour, with a maximum daily charge of MXN 250. Parking is available 24/7 and if necessary you can pay with Visa, Mastercard or American Express plastics.

Beware! Lose your parking ticket and you will be charged no less than MXN 250


Car Hire – Mazatlan Airport

You have a choice of six car-rental agencies to cover your transport needs from on arrival at the airport itself: Alamo, Avis, Dollar Renta a Car, Europcar, Hertz and National Car Rental, all of which are on the ground floor of the Terminal and all accept cash and some form of credit card.

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Taxis and Transfers – Mazatlan Airport

There is just one ‘official taxi’ on offer at Mazatlan Airport: ATAMSA, which accepts only cash payment, but works 24-hours per day.


Left Luggage – Mazatlan Airport

No details on these services are available … yet.


Lost and Found – Mazatlan Airport

The Lost and Found office at Mazatlán is on the Ground Floor and opens to the public from 09:00 to 18:00 hrs. See ‘Contact info’ below for telephone number.

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Money – Mazatlan Airport

There are three options regarding ATMs at Mazatlan’s airport Terminal: BBVA Bancomer, HSBC and Ready Card, there is also a money exchange by the name of Ice Currency, open daily from 9:00 to 17:00 hours; all are on the ground floor.


Health – Mazatlan Airport

No details on these services are available … yet.

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Shopping / food – Mazatlan Airport

The choice of stores at Mazatlan Airport includes a handcraft/gift store: Mexican Souvenirs & Gifts plus a couple of convenience stores: Divers and The Market. Also present are four fashion stores: Joyería Cielito Lindo, María Bonita, Señor Frog’s and Sunglasses Hut.

As for food, the airport hosts a couple of choices, including Bajamar, among others.

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

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Passenger Numbers – Mazatlan Airport

Mazatlán Airport has had mixed passenger figures over the last few years, kicking off in 2010 with 756,122 and then dropping to 722,492 in 2011; the numbers bottomed out at 669,407 in 2012, and then recovered somewhat with 731,297 passengers in 2013. The numbers finally surpassed the 2010 figure in 2014 by registering 789,234 passengers.

On Mexico’s busiest airport list, Mazatlan International Airport was placed 17th in 2014

In Grupo OMA’s annual passenger report for 2015, the Mazatlán International Airport’s results were certainly unique. With a total of 853,409 passengers having transitted the terminal, of which 574,480 were domestic, and 278,929 visited the city from abroad, the annual percentage growths of these three figures at this airport were all exactly equal: the total number of passengers, the domestic sector, and the international market, all registered an 8.1% annual increase.

Despite a positive year in terms of passenger numbers, Mazatlan dropped to #18 in 2015

These positive results maintained this terminal at the forefront of the group of (now) seven airports operated by OMA with an annual passenger flow of between half and million and a million passengers, however, on the global front this airport slipped one place to close the year at #18 on Mexico’s busiest airports list for 2015.

In 2015, Mazatlán Airport maintained its 4th position among the 13 airports operated by OMA

In 2016, the passenger results at this Terminal were the most positive in many years, with an annual increase of over 120,000 visitors to close the year with 973,440 passengers, thus providing the Airport with a year-on-year increase of 14.03%. From this result, 694,875 were domestic and the remaining 278,565 passengers arrived on international services, showing that the annual increase was provided by the domestic niche.

Mazatlan’s International Airport registered a global increase of 14.03% in 2016

The 2017 figures were a little disappointing compared with the previous year, with a global passenger increase of just 1% for the year to close with a figure of 994,283 passengers, an addition of less than 20,000. Despite this result, the Airport maintained its position at #17 on Mexico’s busiest airports list in 2017, and pushed ever closer to the magic number of 1 million passengers, which will probably be surpassed this year.

Mazatlán finally surpassed the 1-million-passenger mark in 2018, having handled a total of 1,038,555 passengers

Mazatlán posted an annual growth rate of just 4.5% in 2018 -according to an official press release from Grupo OMA- having registered 1,038,555 passengers and thus crept above the 1-million-passenger threshold -for the first time- meaning Grupo OMA had 5 airports with over a million passengers in 2018. For its part, the domestic niche increased 6.3% for the year, having handled 739,043 passengers, whilst the international niche contributed with 299,512 passengers, up just 0.3% over 2017.

Despite registering over a million passengers in 2018, Mazatlán slipped down one place -to #18- on Mexico’s busiest airports list

In 2019, Mazatlán continued with its positive trend, registering its seventh consecutive year of growth to post an annual gain of 11.8% over the previous year by adding over 140,000 passengers more than 2018 and thus closed 2019 having handled 1,161,155 travelers. This result maintained MZT as the 5th most important Terminal operated by Grupo OMA.

Mazatlán registered its second consecutive year with over a million passengers in 2019, with the domestic niche alone upping its headcount here by over 100,000 passengers

The domestic niche was where the major increase was seen at this Terminal, with the 847,269 passengers handled in this niche giving a year-on-year gain of 14.6%; for its part, the international market upped its passenger headcount at MZT to 313,886 to post an annual increase of 4.8%.

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General Statistics – Mazatlan Airport

Lat.: 23° 09′ 40.88″ N // Long.: 106° 15′57′ 86″ W (These coordinates are not for air navigation).
18 Kilometers
458.44 hectares
11.5 meters
2,702 x 60 meters – OPH* 22

*Operations per hour

17,758 m2

*Passengers per hour


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Contact Information for Mazatlan Airport

Telephone Numbers – Mazatlán Airport

From within the city, use only the number below.
From outside the city but within Mexico, dial +01-(669), then the number below.
From outside Mexico, dial +52-(669), then the number below.
Airport information
Tourism information
Lost & Found 982-2399 – Ext. 157, 219 and/or 225
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
Navigation Services in Mexican Airspace

Address – Mazatlán Airport

Carretera Internacional al sur s/n, Mazatlán, C.P. 82000, Sinaloa

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