San Luis Potosí International Airport

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Introduction to San Luis Potosi Airport


The San Luis Potosi Airport codes are as follows: IATA code: SLP // ICAO Code: MMSP

The International Airport of San Luis Potosi, also known as the Ponciano Arriaga International Airport, is located 15 kilometres to the south of the city at an elevation of 1,839 meters above sea level. The San Luis Potosi Airport is classed as Regional and is operated by Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, S.A. de C.V. (OMA).

The International Airport of San Luis Potosi was inaugurated in 1985

This airport covers an area of 519.81 hectares, whilst the passenger terminal comprises 3,839 m2. It operates 2 runways, which together can handle 20 operations per hour, and its commercial aviation platform provides 16,000 m2; in terms of its geographic location, this airport is apt for the development of a cargo Hub, in fact, there are plans to this end within the local state’s development plan.

Nowadays, San Luis Potosi Airport is a Hub for the cargo company Estafeta

In reality, this airport has more future potential in the cargo area than the commercial passenger sector due to its geographical location but, without doubt, the State of San Luis Potosí is doing a very good job of promoting the entity as an adventure/ecotourism destination, as can be seen from the passenger figures below. The aforementioned is reflected in the passenger numbers at San Luis Potosi Airport, with the number in 2017 passing the half-million mark to close the year with 553,353 passengers (see below for further details), thus placing this Terminal as the tenth busiest airport of the network of 13 Mexican airports operated by Grupo OMA. Throughout 2018, this Terminal reported a healthy increase to register 626,512 passengers for the period, see below for further details.

San Luis Potosí Airport has been the base for the charter company Aeromaan since 2002


Investment Plans for San Luis Potosí Airport


At the San Luis Potosí International Airport, Grupo OMA plans to invest a total of MXN 381.3 mn. (US$ 22.1* mn.), according to its Master Development Program for 2016-2020. The Plan, released at the close of 2015, states that this airport was to benefit from an investment of MXP 31 mn. in 2016, followed –in 2017– by the largest annual amount over the five-year period: MXP 167. mn., whilst 2018 saw an investment of only slightly less, at MXP 166.7 mn. For 2019, this Terminal is earmarked to receive investment of MXN 14.7 mn., followed by just MXP 1.9 mn. in the final year of the plan: 2020.

From 2016 to 2020, San Luis Potosí Airport will receive a total investment of around US$ 22.1* mn.

The project to enlarge and remodel the San Luis Potosí International Airport was launched in November 2016. As for the use of the said investment, the works recently completed included the extension and modernization of the passenger Terminal, which now offers 26 check-in desks, 5 gates and a surface area of almost 13,500 m2.

Phase 1 of the extension work to the Terminal at SLP was initially to be concluded by the close of May 2018, however, the inauguration was finally held -on Aug. 16, 2019- after more than 2 years work

As usual, the Plan was divided into two phases; the first saw the addition of 8,700 m2, which encompassed the areas covering the walkways, the documentation area and the last-minute waiting room, the latter now providing 5 access gates and a telescopic Passenger Boarding Bridge (PBB); the passenger flow between the domestic and international sectors have now been separated, thus making the airport more manageable for its visitors. In conclusion, the new Terminal facilities permit the airport to handle double its former capacity, up from 600,000 to 1.2 mn. passengers per year.

With the inauguration of the Terminal, SLP´s airport is now able to handle up to 1.2 million passengers per year, double its previous capacity

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

 


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Airlines and Routes – San Luis Potosi Airport


Direct Domestic flights to / from San Luis Potosi

(January 8, 2020)

There are currently a total of 7 airlines providing services at San Luis Potosí International Airport, including 5 Mexican and 2 international carriers. On the domestic front, this Airport currently serves 5 Mexican destinations by way of the regional carriers Aeromar (1) and TAR Aerolíneas (3); also present here are Mexico’s LCC: Interjet (1), one of the Republic’s two ULCCs: Volaris (3), and the Grupo Aeroméxico affiliate Aeroméxico Connect (1).

The charter airline Magnicharters also returned to SLP for the Summer 2019 season; though this airline’s main market niche is package holidays, it also offers flight only services. And, on Nov. 1, 2019., the Republic’s other ULCC: VivaAerobus, will land in SLP from Monterrey, see below for further details.



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Mexico’s best-known charter airline: Magnicharters, introduced seasonal summer services at SLP in July of 2018, with a connection to Cancun (CUN); in 2019, this route was reintroduced -for July./Aug.- and -for Summer 2020- this charter airline will offer services covering the period July 10 to August 7

Volaris launched services connecting San Luis Potosí (SLP-MEX) Mexico City -on Feb. 2, 2019- with two weekly frequencies: Wed. & Saturday

On July 18, 2019., the Mexican ULCC VivaAerobus announced the launch of services between(SLP-MTY) Monterrey -as of Nov. 1, 2019- with an initial offering of 2 weekly frequencies -on Mondays and Fridays- thus entering into competition with Aeroméxico Connect and upping its offering at SLP to three gateways


Mexico City (MEX)
Mexico City (MEX) – Monterrey (MTY)
Mexico City (MEX)
Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Monterrey (MTY)
Cancun (CUN) – Mexico City (MEX) – Tijuana (TIJ)

 

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Direct International flights to / from San Luis Potosi


(January 8, 2020)

Regarding the international options to/from SLP, there are two US carriers operating cross-border services at this Terminal: American Airlines and United Airlines -by way of their affiliate airlines American Eagle and United Express- both of which fly direct to SLP from their respective hubs of Dallas (DFW) and Houston (HOU).



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As of April 5, 2016., United Airlines increased its Houston (HOU-SLP) services to two daily frequencies. After celebrating 18 years of service in SLP -in March 2018- this U.S. carrier upped the capacity on this route by replacing its former aircraft with its Embraer 175 aircraft and thus increase capacity from 50 to 76 seats, of which 12 are in Business Class


American Airlines – American Eagle
Dallas (DFW)
United Airlines – United Express
Houston (HOU)

 

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Parking – San Luis Potosi Airport


The GPS coordinates for San Luis Potosi Airport are: Lat.: 22° 15′ 16″ N // Long.: 100° 55′ 51″ W

Parking at San Luis Potosi Airport costs MXN 26 for the first hour and, for every additional 30-minute period (or fraction thereof), the charge is MXN 13, until reaching the daily maximum of MXN 200.

Beware! Lose your parking ticket and you will be charged an additional MXN 200

 


Car Hire – San Luis Potosi Airport


There are several car-hire agencies based at this airport, including Avis, Budget, Greenmotion, Hertz National Car Rental and Sixt; all accept the following credit cards: American Express, Mastercard & Visa.

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Taxis and Transfers – San Luis Potosi Airport


For those wishing to take a taxi on arrival at the SLP Airport, there is a choice of four ‘official taxi’ companies: Selectaxi Potosino, Transporte de Pasaje y Personal, Transporte Terrestre Potosino and Transporte Terrestre Taxis Aeropuerto SLP.

All four offer services from 06:00 to 22:00 hrs. and all accept cash or credit card payments.

 


Left Luggage – San Luis Potosi Airport


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Lost and Found – San Luis Potosi Airport


The Lost and Found office at SLP is open to the public from 09:00 to 17:00 hrs. and is located by the car-rental agencies, outside the Terminal. See ‘Contact info’ for telephone number.

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Money – San Luis Potosi Airport


There are four options of ATMs at San Luis Potosi Airport: Banco de Bajío, HSBC, Ready Card and Santander, all are located on the Ground Floor.

There is also a currency exchange by the name of Cambio de Dolares Centro Cambiario, open Mon. – Sat. from 09:00 to 17:00 hrs., and on Sundays from 09:00 a 16:00 hrs.

 


Health – San Luis Potosi Airport


No details on these services are available … yet.

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Shopping / Food – San Luis Potosi Airport


San Luis Potosi Airport offers a handcrafts store, a convenience store and and a fashion store, the food on offer is at Costanzo’s.

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Passenger Numbers – San Luis Potosi Airport


In 2010, the San Luis Airport handled 222,854 passengers, just 17,000 more than the figure for the year 2000. and the following two years showed positive results with 248,645 passengers in 2011 and 271,107 in 2012. In 2013, there was a slight hiccup in the numbers of visitors passing through the installations when 261,699 passengers were handled.

In 2014, San Luis Potosi Airport jumped 2 places on the Republic’s busiest airports list to #33

According to company figures, in 2014, San Luis Potosi Airport handled 373,986 passengers, thus returning to positive numbers with a 42.91% increase over the previous year. Then, in 2015, once again the numbers showed an impressive increase, closing the year with 444,469 passengers, an additional 70,000 passengers over the 2014 figure, and resulting in an overall increase of 18.8% in the passenger statistics.

San Luis Potosí registered a positive year in 2015 with an overall passenger increase of 18.8%

According to OMA’s official passenger statistics, from the aforementioned total, 314,207 passengers arrived on domestic flights and 130,262 travelled to the city from abroad, thus registering respectable increases in both sectors, with gains of 19.7% and 16.8%, respectively.

In 2015, San Luis Potosi Airport increased its percentage of international passengers by 16.8%

For 2016, this Terminal managed to break the half-million-passenger barrier for the first time, having handled a total of 504,313 throughout the year; this figure is divided into 357,965 passengers from the domestic niche and the remaining 146,348 passengers from the international market. The aforementioned figures convert to an annual global increase of 13.5% in the passenger numbers and upped the Terminal’s standing on Mexico’s busiest airports list to #32.

SLP upped its passenger numbers by 13.5% in 2016, thus handling over half a million for the first time

Throughout 2017, San Luis Potosi International Airport reported its fourth consecutive year of passenger growth having handled 553,353  throughout the period, an annual increase of approximately 10%. Of the aforementioned figure, 396,143 passengers arrived to the Terminal on domestic services, an annual increase of almost 40,000 and 157,210 arrived on international flights, an increase of over 10,000. Certainly not a spectacular result when compared to the last few years at the Airport, but this positive result was sufficient to push this Terminal up two places on Mexico’s busiest airports list to close the year in position #30.

In 2017, San Luis Potosi increased its standing on Mexico’s busiest airports list to position #30

Throughout 2018, San Luis Potosí handled a total of 626,512 passengers to register a year-on-year increase of 14.6%, thus maintaining its position at #30 on Mexico’s busiest airports list and posting its fifth consecutive year of passenger growth. In the domestic niche, this Terminal reported a flow of 451,169 passengers, whilst the international market contributed 175,343 travelers.

Despite a 14.64% increase in passenger numbers In 2018, San Luis Potosi was only able to maintain its position on Mexico’s busiest airports list at #30

And finally, in 2019, the San Luis Potosí Airport reported its sixth consecutive year of positive passenger results having handled a total of 643,224 passengers to post a year-on-year gain of 2.7%, with the domestic sector reporting 454,076 passengers to register an annual increase of just 0.6% whilst the international market was where the boost in the numbers was seen with the installations having handled 189,148 cross-border passengers to give a total of 7.9% more passengers than the previous year. This result means that the Terminal of SLP was the 9th most important of the airports operated by Grupo OMA in 2019.

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General Statistics – San Luis Potosi Airport


LOCATION
Lat.: 22° 15′ 16″ N // Long.: 100° 55′ 51″ W (These coordinates are not for air navigation).
DISTANCE FROM CITY
15 Kilometers
CATEGORY
Fifth
CLASSIFICATION
International
TYPE
Regional
SURFACE AREA
519.81 hectares
ELEVATION ABOVE SEA LEVEL
1,839 meters
NUMBER OF RUNWAYS
2
PRINCIPAL RUNWAY (14-32)
3,000 x 45 meters – OPH* 20
SECONDARY RUNWAY (04-22)
1,000 x 30 meters
TYPE OF COVERING
Asphalt

*Operations per hour

CAPACITY
2,600 passengers per day
TOTAL SURFACE
With the inauguration of the Terminal work here in August 2019, the total surface area of the Terminal was increased to 13,482 m2

 

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Contact Information for San Luis Potosi Airport


Telephone Numbers – San Luis Potosi Airport

From within the city, use only the number below.
From outside the city but within Mexico, dial +01-(444), then the number below.
From outside Mexico, dial +52-(444), then the number below.
Airport information
478 7000 // 822-2119
Tourism information
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Lost & Found 478-7000 – Ext. 38 and 116
Currency exchange XXXXXXXXXX
Pharmacy XXXXXXXXXX
Customs XXXXXXXXXX
Immigration XXXXXXXXXX
Airport security XXXXXXXXXX
Tourist Police XXXXXXXXXX
DGAC
Civil Aviation Authority
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SAGARPA/SENESICA Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Alimentation XXXXXXXXXX
SENEAM
Navigation Services in Mexican Airspace
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Address – San Luis Potosi Airport

Highway to Matehuala Km. 9.5, San Luis Potosí, C.P. 78341, Mexico

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