Tijuana International Airport

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Introduction to Tijuana Airport


The Tijuana International Airport codes are as follows: IATA CODE: TIJ // ICAO CODE: MMTJ

The International Airport of Tijuana (TIJ), also known as the “General Abelardo L. Rodríguez Airport,” is located in the State of Baja California almost exactly on the Mexico-US border; in fact, this airport offers passengers the opportunity to cross directly into California, in the United States, by way of a pedestrian bridge known as the CBX Skywalk, -which forms part of the Cross Border Xpress facilities- so Tijuana Airport is the first binational airport in the Americas.

The International Airport of Tijuana opened its doors to the public on May 10th, 1951

The Tijuana Airport is operated by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C. V. (Grupo GAP) and has one runway and one terminal for commercial passengers; in addition, it is also quite active in the general aviation sector, for which it provides another (FBO) terminal. The airport does have a second runway but this has been closed to activity in recent times. In all, the airport covers an area of 260 hectares.

Tijuana Airport handled almost 4.4 million pasengers in 2014, up 2.78% on 2013

Tijuana Airport is one of the fastest growing Mexican airports, and with the Skywalk bridge now operating, the trend in passengers numbers should definately remain positive for the next few years. It is a focus city for Mexico’s flagship carrier Aeroméxico and a hub of the national low-cost carrier (LCC) Volaris, the latter linking the city to 30 domestic destinations and one US destination.

Grupo GAP recently announced a 1.5-billion-Peso investment (US$1.2 mn) for Tijuana Airport

Over the five year period from 2016 to 2020, Grupo GAP has announced it will invest the sum of US$1.2 mn in Tijuana Airport, the plan being to build a new last-minute waiting room, meeting rooms, additional areas for offices, plus the remodelling of the cargo area and, for those wishing to stay overnight at the airport, there will also be a hotel within the installations. In 2017, the Tijuana Airport passenger numbers placed it as the 2nd busiest of Grupo GAP’s network of 12 Mexican airports, see below for more details.

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Tijuana Airport – First Binational Airport of the Americas


The idea of a binational bridge to connect the International Airport of Tijuana with San Diego, on the other side of the Mexican-US border, dates back three decades to 1985, when it was apparent there would soon be the need to decongest the International Airport of San Diego. Finally, the idea has come to fruition, through the creation of the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) facilities.

The Skywalk bridge uniting Tijuana and San Diego was inaugurated on December 9th, 2015

However, it wasn’t until June, 2014., that the construction project began, then -on Dec. 9th, 2015.- the original idea finally came to fruition with the inauguration of the elevated, binational pedestrian bridge with a length of 160 meters, known as the ‘CBX Skywalk,’ which connects Tijuana Airport with the southern industrial zone of San Diego known as Otay Mesa.

The Skywalk bridge is now the third border-crossing option available between Tijuana and San Diego

The Cross Border Xpress facilities, designed by the world-famous architects Legoretta + Legoretta -in conjunction with Stantechas- has become the third option for crossing the border between Tijuana and San Diego, along with the San Ysidro and the Otay Mesa crossings, and according to forecasts by the projects’ investors, there is an initial annual potential for 1.2 million passenger crossings this year, whilst the future annual potential is deemed to be up to 2.4 million visitor crossings.

The Cross Border Xpress facilities are located between the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa crossings

For the investors in the project to build the two-storey building in Otay Mesa known as the Cross Border Xpress, which acts as the gateway for the connection to Tijuana Airport: Otay-Tijuana Ventures LLC, offering a hotel, short & long-term parking facilities, plus a Customs and immigration area, along with a 65,000 m2 commercial zone, it represented a price tag of US$120 mn; these facilities are staffed with fully bilingual customer service and information personnel. The partners in this company are the Chicago real estate magnate: Sam Zell, and three Mexican companies: PAP Corp., Palareo Inc., and EGI-Otay Investors.

To use the Skywalk bridge, you need a boarding pass, a CBX ticket, a passport and -if required- a visa

For its part, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (Grupo GAP), the operator of Tijuana Airport, obviously had to make the necessary changes/additions to the airport’s infrastructure so as to accommodate the Skywalk bridge, which required investment to the tune of MXP 185 mn. (US$10 mn). However, it seems that both parties should reap the benefits of their investments in what is commonly known as a win-win situation.

The total investment (GAP & Otay-Tijuana Ventures) for the cross-border project was US$ 130 mn

For Otay-Tijuana Ventures LLC, there is the income from the US$18 charge for each pedestrian crossing the bridge, as well as the parking fees and commercial rentals, though they also have to fork out the costs for the Customs personnel on the US side; for Grupo GAP, this project is a key strategic asset for the future as there is the obvious potential to increase its air traffic -and therefore the income from its airport charges- and so it too should soon see the return of its investments, and then some.

Passengers can fly from Tijuana to 31 Mexican destinations, 1 US city and 1 Chinese destination

As for the passengers crossing from the US into Mexico, the Cross Border Xpress parking facility costs are 2 US Dollars for the first 2 hours, then 2 Dollars for each 30-minute period, with a daily maximum of US$16 in the short-stay option; the cost for the long-stay option is 10 Dollars per day. Once passengers have crossed the bridge, they are offered a choice of over 30 Mexican destinatios. And, of specific interest to travelers from the San Diego area, they can fly direct to Shangai (China) by way of Aeroméxico, thus saving them the trip to Los Angeles.

Five Mexican airlines operate at Tijuana: Aerocalafia, Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobus and Volaris

Air Transport World awarded its Passenger Experience Achievement in 2018 -for this year’s edition of the Awards- to Tijuana’s Cross border Express, presented on March 27, 2018., in a ceremony held in Dublin, Ireland. The reason cited for the choice was that the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) has revolutionized the border-crossing experience for air travelers between Southern California and Mexico with the opening of a passenger facility that connects Tijuana airport to a “terminal” on the San Diego side of the border.

In Oct. 2018., the Cross Border Express, or CBX, registered its 5-millionth passenger crossing between Tijuana (Baja California) and San Diego (California)

The latest news regarding the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) is that on Jan. 17, 2019., in interview with the official Mexican news agency: Notimex, the director of the CBX, Jorge Goytortua, announced that the installations would receive investment to the tune of US$ 10 mn in 2019, with the money earmarked for improvements to the Customs and Immigration areas, along with an an expansion program for the ‘Terminal.’

Throughout 2018, a total of 2.26 million passengers crossed between the USA and Mexico by way of the CBX installations, an annual increase of 18%; in 2019, the number of visitors using the CBX facilities increased by an impressive 28.1% to give a total passenger count of almost 2.88 million

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Arrivals & Departures – Tijuana


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Hotels at Tijuana Airport


We can offer our visitors  online reservations for two official Airport Hotels serving the Tijuana International Airport, just click on the following text link to see our introduction to each one, plus the links to reserve your accommodation online.

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Airlines and Routes – Tijuana Airport


Direct Domestic flights to / from Tijuana

(February 2, 2020)

The Tijuana International Airport has seen an upward trend in its route portfolio of late, currently -Sept. 2019- serving 38 destinations, all but one being domestic, the other connecting to China, see below for details on the international services from TIJ.



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On the domestic front there are 6 Mexican airlines offering the aforementioned 36 domestic destinations, as a group; the players currently -Feb. 2020- operating at TIJ include the Mexican flagship carrier Aeroméxico and its affiliate Aeroméxico Connect, together offering 3 domestic destinations, and the regional carrier Calafia Airlines (5), plus the Mexican LCC: Interjet (2), along with the country’s two ULCCs: VivaAerobus (10) and Volaris (35).


VivaAerobus introduced 6 weekly services between TIJ and Culiacan (CUL) on Nov. 1, 2017., followed by the introduction of 3 weekly frequencies connecting TIJ with Leon Del Bajo (BJX) on Dec. 1, 2017

Volaris launched 3 new routes out of TIJ in 2018: Zihuatanejo (ZIH – Oct. 15 – services Mon., Fri. and Sun.), Tuxtla Gutiérrez (TGZ – Oct. 18 – services Wed. & Sat.) and Huatulco (HUX – Oct. 19 – services Thurs. & Sun.), thus upping its domestic options out of TIJ to 32

The Mexican LCC VivaAerobus added two new flight options out of TIJ beginning on Oct. 26, 2018., with services to Morelia (MLM) and also to Monterrey (MTY)

Volaris connected Tijuana (TIJ-MID) Mérida -on March 3, 2019- followed by the inauguration of its (TIJ-LTO) Loreto route -on March 5, 2019- both routes initiating with two weekly frequencies on Tuesdays and Saturdays

 

Launched -on Oct. 27, 2019- Volaris incorporated its third new route of the year out of TIJ, this time to Mexico’s southern border, to land in tapachula with two weekly frequencies -on Wed. and Sun.- thus upping its total domestic offering out of Tijuana to 35

VivaAerobus has incorporated four new routes out of TIJ -in 2019- connecting the US border town with Cancun (CUN) and Mazatlán (MZT) -as of June 8, 2019- followed by Los Cabos -on June 10-

 

and -on Dec. 13- This ULCC’s fourth new option from Tijuana was introduced, uniting (TIJ-PVR) Puerto Vallarta, offering three weekly frequencies: Tues., Wed. and Sundays, and thus upping its total destinations out of TIJ to 10

 

the TIJ-PVR route launch saw VivaAerobus reach the magic number of 100 domestic routes, a nice way to close the year 2019


Durango (DGO) – Guadalajara (GDL) – Mexico City (MEX)
Guadalajara (GDL) – Guerrero Negro (GRN) – La Paz (LAP) – Loreto (LTO) – Los Cabos (SJD)
Guadalajara (GDL) – Mexico City (MEX)
Cancun (CUN) – Culiacán (CUL) – Guadalajara (GDL) – Leon Del Bajio (BJX) – Los Cabos (SJD) – Mazatlán (MZT) – Mexico City (MEX) – Monterrey (MTY) – Morelia (MLM) Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Volaris
Acapulco (ACA) – Aguascalientes (AGU) – Cancun (CUN) – Chihuahua (CUU) – Ciudad Juárez (CJS) – Ciudad Obregón (CEN) – Colima (CLQ) – Culiacán (CUL) – Durango (DGO) – Guadalajara (GDL) – Hermosillo (HMO) – Huatulco (HUX) – La Paz (LAP) – León del Bajío (BJX) – Loreto (LTO) – Los Cabos (SJD) – Los Mochis (LMM) – Mazatlán (MZT) – Mérida (MID) – Mexico City (MEX) – Monterrey (MTY) – Morelia (MLM) – Oaxaca (OAX) – Puebla (PBC) – Puerto Vallarta (PVR) – Querétaro (QRO) – San Luis Potosí (SLP) – Tapachula (TAP) – Tepic (TPQ) – Torreón (TRC) – Tuxtla Gutiérrez (TGZ) – Uruapan (UPN) – Veracruz (VER) – Zacatecas (ZCL) – Zihuatanejo (ZIH)

 

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Direct International flights to / from Tijuana


(February 2, 2020)

In the international arena, there is just one international carrier operating direct cross-border services out of Tijuana, Hainan Airlines, which is serving the trans-Pacific destination of Beijing (China).

Until recently, Aeroméxico, the founding SkyTeam member airline, was also flying to China from Tijuana; however, the company announced it was withdrawing the said services to concentrate on its new Mexico City (MEX-BCN) Barcelona route.



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Hainan Airlines added its services between Tijuana (TIJ-PEK) Beijing (PEK) on March 21, 2018., using its Boeing 787-8 aircraft, otherwise known as ‘The Dreamliner’


Beijing (PEK) – on the outbound flight, the service originates in Mexico City / on the inbound flight, you must change airline and go through customs to get to Mexico City)

 

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Parking – Tijuana Airport


The GPS coordinates for Tijuana parking are: Lat.: 32° 32′ 27″ N // Long.: 116° 58′ 12″ W

The parking here (available 24-7) comes in two modes, a long stay and a short stay. Prices for the short stay option are MXN 36 for each of the first two hours and, from the 3rd-6th hour, the cost is MXN 31 (no fractions allowed). From the 7th to the 9th hours cost MXN 20 per hour and from the 10th to the 13th, the price is MXN 10 per hour. The maximum cost for the first day is MXN 310, and thereafter, each additional day costs MXN 216.

The long-stay option is only slightly cheaper at MXN 285 for the first day, then MXN 216 for each additional day thereafter. There are 2 pre-pay machines, one as you exit the terminal, the other as you enter the car park area.

Beware! Lose your parking ticket here and you will be charged no less than MXN 246

 


Car Hire – Tijuana Airport


On arrival at Tijuana Airport, if you wish to hire a car you can choose from the following car rental companies: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, National, Thrifty or Sixt Rent a Car.

The opening hours of the aforementioned options vary, all open at 07:00 and close between 22:00 and 01:00 hours, except for Europcar which offers 24-hour service.

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

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Taxis and Transfers – Tijuana Airport


Official taxis are on offer at Tijuana Airport by both the National and International exits and come in two modes, the normal private hire (24/7), and the Collective, or shuttle option (from 05:00 to 22:00 hours).

There are also two coach companies operating from the airport: Greyhound and Transportes Intercalifornias, both of which are available from 07:00 to 24:00 hours. Greyhound offers a whole host of destinations, whilst Intercalifornias offers the following US cities: Bakersfield, Delano, Fresno, Los Angeles Centre/ East, Oxnard, San Fernando, San Jose, Santa Ana and Stockton.

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Left Luggage – Tijuana Airport


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Lost and Found – Tijuana Airport


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Money – Tijuana Airport


Tijuana Airport offers banking services by way of HSBC; this bank also offers ATM services, along with the following banks: Banamex, Bancomer and Banorte.

There are also two currency exchange options: Globo Cambio (from 07:00 to 22:00 hours) and MPA, which offers 24-hour service.

 


Health – Tijuana Airport


For those of you requiring medication or health products during your pass through Tijuana Airport, the installations offer the Farmacia Roma pharmacy, open 24 hours, prior to passing through security.

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Shopping / Food – Tijuana Airport


As is to be expected from such a busy airport, there are many options for food and drink, here’s a non-definitive list of your options: Aca las Tortas, Baja Food and Drinks, Cafeterias Montreal, Carabina 30-30 café (after security), Carl’s Jr., Don Miguel Restaurante & Bar, Eat and Go, El Despegue, La Cava de Don Chava, Mirage Restaurant – Bar, Natural Break, Pizza Factory, Revolución natural foods, Starbucks. Bon Appetit!

There is also a decent range of shopping options, including the following: the Airport Market store, the Hola México Poco Loco gift store, a Mini Market, a News and Books store, The Sweet Market and Tiendas Cuadro leather goods store. Again, this list is not definitive.


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VIP Salons – Tijuana Airport


The International Airport of Tijuana offers three VIP Salon options, the one managed by the airport itself is found after security, where you’ll find an exclusive elevator to whisk you up to the Salon, open from 07:00 to 01:00 hours.

There is also a Salon Premier, located in the Sala Alfa, for the visitors tavelling with Aeroméxico, the Mexican flagship carrier; open from 05:30 to 22:00 hours. Last, but not least, there’s the Sala Ejecutiva, open from 07:00 to 22:00 hours, also in the Sala Alfa. Enjoy!

 


Passenger Numbers – Tijuana Airport


NOTE: since the inauguration of the Cross Border Express (CBX) -in Dec. 2015- the international passenger count at Tijuana includes passengers who use the CBX facilities in both directions

Tijuana Airport is the second most important terminal operated by Grupo GAP -in terms of passeneger numbers- behind Guadalajara

Although there was a contraction of 4.1% in passenger numbers at Tijuana in 2011, when it registered a total of 3,500,800 passengers, the trend has been upwards ever since. In 2012, the airport handled 3,759,700 pasengers (up 7.4%), followed by 4,268,800 in 2013 (up 13.5%) and in 2014, the annual passenger numbers increased to register 4,387,800 passengers transitting the terminal, a year-on-year increase of 2.8%.

Tijuana Airport registered 4,823,000 domestic passengers in 2015, placing it 5th in this niche

In 2015., the official figures realeased by Grupo GAP show that this airport added over 1.3 million passengers in a period of four years, having handled 4,870,500 passengers throughout the year, up 11% on the 2014 total, and ever closer to breaking the 5 million passenger barrier. Of the above passenger total for 2015, there were 4,823,000 passengers who arrived to the terminal by way of domestic flights, up 10.7% on the previous year, thus meaning this airport was the country’s 5th busiest airport regarding the domestic sector. For its part, the international headcount at Tijuana for 2015 registered an impressive 60% increase, compared to the previous year’s numbers, so as to close with a total of 47,500 passengers, certainly positive though the increase was built on a small base.

Tijuana was also the 5th busiest Mexican airport overall in 2015, with 4,853,797 passengers

As noted above, Tijuana airport’s binational bridge, known as the ‘CBX Skywalk,’ was offically opened in December, 2015., so it is interesting to note that throughout 2016, Tijuana registered a 30% increase in its headcount to push its passenger numbers up by over 1.5 million and close the year with a total of 6,332,500. Of the aforementioned passenger numbers, according to the official statistcis released by Grupo GAP, no less than 1,359,500 chose to cross the border into the United States by way of the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) facilities; also from the aforementioned total passenger count, the domestic niche here also showed a 30% increase for the period with 6,272,000 passengers, thus surpassing the 6-million-passenger barrier for the first time.

Tijuana added over 1.5 million to its 2015 headcount to handle 6,332,500 passengers in 2016

Last year, this Airport, for the 6th consecutive year, registered a positive result, up 12.2% to close the year with over seven million passengers for the first time; the actual headcount published by Grupo GAP being 7,103,200 passengers. From this total, the passengers choosing to cross into the US via the CBX Skywalk increased by 41.4% and almost reached the 2-million barrier, with 1,922,000 heading north across the Mexico-US border.

In its 2nd full year of operations -2017-, Tijuana’s Cross Border Xpress facilities registered 1.92 mn users

In 2018, once again, Tijuana Airport continued its positive trend -for the 7th consecutive year- to register a global increase of 10.3% in its passenger numbers, having handled 7,835.100 over the period, up almost three quarters of a million on 2017.

Tijuana added almost 3/4 of a million passengers to its annual global headcount in 2018, to register a global increase of 10.3%

In the domestic niche, TIJ registered 5,501,800 passengers throughout 2018, whilst the international market added a further 2,333,300 to the global numbers, thus posting annual increases of 7.1% and 18.6%, respectively. Please note that passengers in Tijuana who use the CBX installations in both directions are classified as international; this number increased to 2,261,500 in 2018, up 17.7% over 2017.

Once again -in 2018- the Tijuana Airport maintained its position as Mexico’s 5th busiest airport, the position it has held for many years

Throughout 2019, Tijuana handled 8,925,900 passengers to post an annual increase of 13.8% over the previous year, the third highest increase among the 13 Mexican airports that make up the Grupo GAP network by adding well over a million passengers more than in 2018, and thus close the decade on a good note by registering its 8th consecutive year of growth.

Throughout 2019, the Tijuana Airport upped its passenger numbers by well over a million compared with the previous year to post a double digit year-on-year increase of 13.8%, its 8th consecutive year of growth

The above global passenger numbers were divided as follows -in 2019- the domestic niche registered a year-on-year increase of 8.7% at TIJ, having handled 5,979,700 passengers on national routes, whilst the  international sector contributed with 2,946,100 passengers to give the Tijuana Airport -by far- the largest percentage increase in this niche of the whole Grupo GAP network, with an impressive gain of 26.3% over the previos year.

The international market at Tijuana Airport registered impressive annual growth of no less than 26.3%, the best result of the 13 Mexican airports operated by Grupo GAP in this niche

Grupo GAP releases its passenger statistics rounded up to the nearest hundred, which is why the above numbers end in at least two zeros

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General Statistics – Tijuana Airport


LOCATION
Lat.: 32° 32′ 27″ N // Long.: 116° 58′ 12″ W (These coordinates are not for air navigation).
DISTANCE FROM CITY
6 Kilometers
CATEGORY
Sixth
CLASSIFICATION
International
TYPE
Border
SURFACE AREA
380.03 hectares
ELEVATION ABOVE SEA LEVEL
149 meters
NUMBER OF RUNWAYS
1
PRINCIPAL RUNWAY
2,960 x 44 meters – OPH* – 15
RUNWAY DESIGNATION
09/27
SECONDARY RUNWAY
CLOSED
TYPE OF COVERING
Concrete

*Operations per hour

CAPACITY (pph*)
1,155
TOTAL SURFACE
16,165 m2

*Passengers per hour

 

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Contact Information for Tijuana Airport


Telephone Numbers – Tijuana Airport

From within the city, use only the number below.
From outside the city but within Mexico, dial +01-(664), then the number below.
From outside Mexico, dial +52-(664), then the number below.

Airport information
607-8200 // 607-8201 // 607-8230
Tourism information
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DGAC
Civil Aviation Authority
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SENEAM
Navigation Services in Mexican Airspace
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Address – Tijuana Airport

Carr. Aeropuerto S/N, Col. Nueva Tijuana, Mesa de Otay, Tijuana, C.P. 22435, Baja California

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