Zacatecas International Airport

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Introduction to Zacatecas Airport


The Zacatecas Airport codes are as follows: IATA code: ZCL // ICAO Code: MMZC

The International Airport of Zacatecas, also known as the General Leobardo C. Ruiz International Airport, is located 24 kilometres to the north of the city at an elevation of 2,176.5 meters above sea level. The Zacatecas Airport is classed as Regional, provides 24-hour services, and is operated by Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, S.A. de C.V. (OMA).

The Center of Zacatecas is just one of 34 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites in Mexico

Zacatecas Airport, also known locally as La Calera Airport, has just one runway that can handle up to 20 operations per hour, receiving aircraft up to the size of the Boeing 747 & 777; overall, the installations cover 216.42 hectares, whilst the size of the passenger terminal is 5,707 m2 and has the capacity to receive up to 346 passengers per hour.

Zacatecas inaugurated its new cablecar on May 1, 2018., a traditional local tourist attraction

By the end of this year, the Zacatecas Airport should begin to benefit from the installation of a new Specialied Customs House which is currently under construction in the industrial park being created next to the airport, thus making it a more attractive airport for the import and export of goods. And, as for the passenger numbers at Zacatecas International Airport, the year 2017 closed with a total headcount of 349,453 meaning it was the least transitted Terminal of the 13 Mexican airports that make up the network operated by Grupo OMA. In 2018, the number handled by this terminal was 366,871 passengers – see below for further details.


Investment Plans for Zacatecas Airport


According to Grupo OMA’s Master Development Program for 2016-2020, the Zacatecas International Airport will receive the smallest amount of investment of all the 13 airports operated by the Group, with a total of MXP 94.9 mn. (US$ 5.5* mn.) earmarked for the installations over the five-year period. That said, it is the least transitted of the airports that make up the Group’s network in Mexico.

Between 2016 & 2020, Zacatecas Airport will receive a total investment of around US$ 5.5* mn.

For 2016, the sum invested in this airport was MXP 26.7 mn., followed by MXP 8.1 mn. in 2017. For 2018, the sum was MXP 30.6 mn., and for 2019, the projected investment figure is MXP 5.8 mn.; the final year of the five year period –2020– will see a total investment of MXP 23.8 mn., to reach the full amount of MXP 94.9 million. Of the aforementioned monies -according to the Group- 57% are allocated to the rehabilitation of the airports operational facilities; 43%, to equipment and airport security. Among the works to be completed in 2018 were the expansion of the commercial platform which means that visitors now have the use of an area covering 16,000 m2.

Zacatecas Airport inaugurated its solar generation plant in April 2012, at a cost of almost US$ 1 mn.

Between 2001 and 2017, Grupo OMA invested a total of MXP 418 mn. at Zacatecas Airport, including work on the waiting rooms and boarding passageways, the international baggage claim area, the generation of solar energy, mantenance to the runway and taxiways, as well as work on the commercial platform.

This airport was awarded several certificates for its social and ambiental work on March 26, 2018

*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 – Zacatecas Airport


Direct Domestic flights to / from Zacatecas

(February 3, 2020)

The Zacatecas International Airport offers a total of 6 destinations: 2 domestic and 4 international (plus 1 upcoming). On the domestic front, this Airport is served by 3 airlines, the affiliate of Mexico’s flagship carrier: Aeroméxico Connect (1), along with both the Republic’s ULCCs: VivaAerobus (1) and Volaris (1).



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VivaAerobus landed in Zacatecas (ZCL) -for the first time- by connecting this Colonial city with Mexico City (MEX) -as of Nov. 2, 2018- offering daily flights


Mexico City (MEX)
Mexico City (MEX)
Tijuana (TIJ)

 

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Direct International flights to / from Zacatecas


(February 3, 2020)

Zacatecas (ZCL) is served by cross-border options from the USA by way of four US gateways, with routes covered by two airlines: Volaris, the Mexican ULCC, and the American Airline’s affiliate American Eagle, the former offering 3 gateways (plus 1 upcoming), the latter just the one.


Volaris added its 3rd US gateway into Zacatecas from San Jose (SJC – Calif.) -on Dec. 18, 2017- and this ULCC’s 4th cross-border route at ZCL will see this Colonial gem connected to Dallas (DFW) -as of April 3, 2020- with two weekly flights on Tuesdays and Fridays, thus providing some competition for American Airlines


American Airlines / American Eagle
Dallas (USA)
Chicago (MDW) – Dallas (DFW – as of April 3, 2020) – Los Angeles (LAX) – San Jose (SJC)


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Parking – Zacatecas Airport


The GPS coordinates for Zacatecas Airport are: Lat.: 22° 53′ 49.60″ N // Long.: 102° 41′ 12.80″ W

The parking costs at Zacatecas Airport start at MXN 26 for the first hour (or fraction thereof) then, for every 30-minute period thereafter (or fraction thereof), there’s an additional charge of MXN 13; the maximum daily charge is MXN 250.

Beware! Losing your parking ticket here will mean an additional charge of MXN 250

 


Car Hire – Zacatecas Airport


The car-rental agencies awaiting you at the Zacatecas Airport are as follows: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Punto Rojo, each agency having different opening hours; as a group, they offer services from 05:00 to 21:00 hours, daily.

All accept either cash or credit-card payments: Amex, Mastercard or Visa

If you are open to picking up your rental car in Zacatecas city, see our car hire options below.

Or … save time … check out our online car reservations for Zacatecas.

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Taxis and Transfers – Zacatecas Airport


There are three ‘official taxi’ companies working out of the Zacatecas Airport: Transporte Fresnillo AeropuertoTransportaciones Jerez Aeropuerto and Vehículos Urbanos Aeropuerto y Anexas. All offer services from 06:00 to 22:00 hours.

Don’t forget, take some Mexican Pesos if you want to use the taxis, they only accept cash payments

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Left Luggage – Zacatecas Airport


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Lost and Found – Zacatecas Airport


The Lost and Found office at ZCL is located on the Second Floor in the adminstration area and is open to the public from Mon. – Fri. from 09:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs. See ‘Contact info’ below for telephone number.

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Money – Zacatecas Airport


The only banking services on offer at ZCL are ATM services provided by HSBC and Santander, located on the Ground Floor of the Terminal building.

 


Health – Zacatecas Airport


No details on these services are available … yet.

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Shopping / Food – Zacatecas Airport


The shopping options at Zacatecas Airport are reasonably varied and include two handcrafts/gift stores, two convenience stores and a Mezcal outlet -one of Mexico’s most-famed tipples- along with a couple of food stores.

Those of you with a penchant for food can try out the restaurant/bar El Minero Zacatecano, open from 07:00 to 22:30 hrs., or Café i, for snacks, open from 08:00 to 22:00 hrs.

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

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Passenger Numbers – Zacatecas Airport


According to the official figures released by Grupo OMA, Zacatecas Airport registered its first year with over 300,000 passengers in 2016, when a total of 332.224  passengers passed through this Terminal. Since then there have been mixed results. In 2010, the airport registered 268,577 passengers, then dipped once again to register 248,029 in 2011.

The Zacatecas Airport handled over 300,000 passengers for the first time in 2006

The Airport’s numbers recovered to reach 265,264 in 2012, then dropped again to 259,677 in 2013. However, since 2014, when the number of passengers here registered a year-on-year increase of 9.61%, this Terminal has registered consistent growth, albeit in some years being slight growth. The 2014 result meant the Airport closed the year with 284,625 passengers.

In 2014, Zacatecas handled 284,625 passengers, placing it 35th on Mexico’s busiest airports list

In 2015, Zacatecas Airport showed respectable gains on all fronts. The overall passenger figure handled throughout the year was 320,065 to register a gain of 12.5% over the 2014 figure of 284,625. Domestically, 209,915 passengers arrived on national flights to give an annual increase of 10.3%, whilst in the international sector, the airport registered 110,150 passengers, also up on 2014, in this case by a very respectable 16.7%.

Zacatecas Airport registered an overall annual passenger increase of 12.5% in 2015

For 2016, the installations once again recorded passenger growth, this time with a year-on-year increase of 7.2% to give a total of 343,136 passengers having been handled throughout the year. This figure is split into 223,166 passengers from the domestic niche, with the remaining 119.970 having arrived on international services, thus resulting in increases of around 20,000 and 10,000 respectively. Unfortunately, though this annual result was positive, Zacatecas Airport was still slipped down one position on Mexico’s busiest airports list, to position #36.

Despite a 7.2% annual increase in passengers in 2016, Zacatecas closed the year in position #36

Zacatecas registered its 5th consecutive year of growth -in 2017- to close the year with a global passenger figure of 349,453. Though the annual increase was increase less than 2%, the aforementioned figure meant the Airport was able to maintain its position as Mexico’s 36th most important airport with regard to its passenger numbers.

In 2018, the positive trend continued at Zacatecas with a global annual increase in its passenger numbers of exactly 5%

Zacatecas Airport added over 16,000 to its global headcount in 2018 -when compared with 2017- having registered 366,871 passengers for the period to post a year-on-year increase of 5%, according to an official press release from Grupo OMA. The domestic niche here recorded 229,074 passengers and the international sector added 137,797 passengers, to post annual increases of 3.6% and 7.4%, respectively.

Zacatecas posted the largest annual growth of Grupo OMA’s airport network in 2019, having handled 475,241 passengers to register a year-on-year increase of 29.5%

And finally, last year, the Zacatecas Airport registered a passenger total of 475,241 to post an annual increase of 29.5%, the largest gain in passenger numbers of the 13-airport network operated by Grupo OMA. From the aforementioned total, the domestic niche saw the largest increase having contributed with 327,830 passengers to also provide this Terminal with the largest domestic growth of the group’s Terminals at an impressive annual rate of 43.1%; for its part, the international sector here added an additional 7.0% to the previous year’s total, having closed the year with 147,411 cross-border passengers. So, certainly a good year for this Terminal.

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General Statistics – Zacatecas Airport


LOCATION
Lat.: 22° 53′ 49.60″ N // Long.: 102° 41′ 12.80″ W (These coordinates are not for air navigation).
DISTANCE FROM CITY
24 Kilometers
CATEGORY
Fifth
CLASSIFICATION
International
TYPE
Regional
SURFACE AREA
216.42 hectares
ELEVATION ABOVE SEA LEVEL
2,176.5 meters
NUMBER OF RUNWAYS
1
PRINCIPAL RUNWAY
3,000 x 45 meters – OPH* 20
RUNWAY DESIGNATION
02-20
TYPE OF COVERING Asphalt

*Operations per hour

CAPACITY (pph*)
346
TOTAL SURFACE
5,707 m2

*Passengers per hour

 

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Contact Information for Zacatecas Airport


Telephone Numbers – Zacatecas Airport

From within the city, use only the number below.
From outside the city but within Mexico, dial +01-(478), then the number below.
From outside Mexico, dial +52-(478), then the number below.
Airport information
985-0338
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Lost & Found 985-0338 – Ext. 109
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 Address – Zacatecas Airport

Carretera (Panamericana) Zacatecas-Fresnillo Km. 23., C.P. 9800, Zacatecas, Mexico

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