Mexico City International Airport

Mexico City International Airport
Benito Juarez International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México Benito Juárez
Mexico City International Airport as seen from a satellite before the construction of Terminal 2.
Airport type Civil
Owner Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México
Operator Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares
Serves Mexico City, Mexico
Location Venustiano Carranza, D.F.
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 7,316 ft / 2,230 m
Coordinates 19°26′10″N 099°04′19″W / 19.43611°N 99.07194°W / 19.43611; -99.07194Coordinates: 19°26′10″N 099°04′19″W / 19.43611°N 99.07194°W / 19.43611; -99.07194
MEX is located in Mexico City
Location within Mexico City
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05R/23L 3,900 12,795 Asphalt
05L/23R 3,952 12,966 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft Movements 339,898
Passengers 24,130,535
Cargo tonnage 393,075.87
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Benito Juárez International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México Benito Juárez or AICM), (IATA: MEXICAO: MMMX) in Venustiano Carranza, one of the sixteen boroughs into which Mexico's Federal District is divided, is a commercial airport that serves Mexico City, the capital of Mexico. It is Mexico's busiest airport by both passenger traffic and aircraft movements. Although this was not its official name for several decades, it was formally named after the 19th century president Benito Juárez in 2006, and is Mexico's main international and domestic gateway. The airport is owned by Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México and operated by Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares, the government-owned corporation, who also operates 21 others airports through Mexico. In recent years Toluca Airport has become an alternate airport.

This hot and high airport is served by 32 domestic and international airlines and offers direct flights to more than 100 destinations worldwide. In 2010, the airport served 24,130,535 passengers. In optimal conditions, and with the current renovations and expansion projects completed, the Benito Juárez airport will be able to handle up to 32 million passengers per year.[3] It provides non-stop services from Mexico City to North America, Central America and Caribbean, South America, Europe and Asia (Aeromexico is the only airline that flies to Asia from Mexico City).

As the main hub for Mexico's largest airline Aeroméxico and a secondary hub for its subsidiary Aeroméxico Connect, the airport has become a SkyTeam hub. It is also a hub for Aeromar, Interjet and a focus city for VivaAerobus and Volaris.

Mexico City International Airport is the Latin America's second busiest airport by passenger traffic after Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo, Brazil and the busiest airport by aircraft movements. The airport houses a wide variety of lodging options for its passengers, including hotels inside Terminal 1 (the Hilton Hotel and the Camino Real, and the Fiesta Inn), as well as a NH Hotel at Terminal 2.



The airport is 5 km. east from central Mexico City. The airport is surrounded by the built-up areas of Gustavo A. Madero to the north and Venustiano Carranza to the west, south and east. As the airport is east Mexico City and its runways run southwest-northeast, and airliner's landing approach is usually directly over Mexico City. Therefore, there is an important overflying problem.


The airport first opened as Balbuena Military Airport with five runways. The first landing was on November 5, 1928 and regular service started a year later, but was officially inaugurated on May 15, 1931. Its first international route was to Los Angeles International Airport operated by Mexicana. President Miguel Alemán opened the terminal in 1952, thus becoming a commercial airport. In the 1970s, president Luis Echeverría closed three runways and gave that land to poor people in order to build their homes, leaving just two parallel runways. In 1980, the terminal was expanded to double its capacity, using a single large terminal rather than multiple terminals as in other airports. Ten years later in 1990, the mixed domestic/international gates were separated to increase the terminal's functionality, along with the separation of domestic and international check-in halls.

In 2001, the east wing of the terminal was opened as an international final call waiting area and was mainly used by SkyTeam members. Because of the increasing demand, president Vicente Fox announced the construction of a new, larger airport on 5,000 hectares (12,000 acres) in the municipalities of Texcoco and San Salvador Atenco, but when local violent protests aroused, the new airport was cancelled. Instead, he launched a program called Expansion of Mexico City Airport to its Maximum Capacity in 2002 to increase the airport's capacity. The whole terminal was expanded and upgraded with new check-in halls, 13 more baggage claim belts, the construction of Departures and Arrivals floors, construction of several new taxiways and a whole new terminal opposite of the original, thus breaking the single terminal concept. The project was started with an initial investment of $200,000,000 MXP. Nevertheless, its final cost was $800,000,000 MXP. The original quasi-Terminal 2, which only housed Aeromar's operations in and out the airport was demolished, and the new Terminal 2 was built in less than two years.

On November 15, 2007, Terminal 2 was opened, increasing the airport's operational capacity by 40%. All SkyTeam members moved their operations to it, except Air France and KLM. It was officially inaugurated on March 2008, once the new road accesses and taxiways were finished. Terminal 2 increased the airport's contact positions by 40%, and the operational capacity by 15%.

Lack of capacity and slot restriction

Mexico City airport inter-terminal transit.

The airport has suffered from a lack of capacity due to restrictions for expansion, since it is located in a densely-populated area. Some analysts have reported that if the airport had grown at the same speed as demand, it would now serve over 40 million passengers annually. The main issue with the airport is the limitation that its two runways provide, since they are used at 97.3% of their maximum capacity, leaving a very short room for new operations into the airport. Only government, military, commercial and specially authorized aircraft are allowed to land at the airport. Private aircraft must use alternate airports, such as Lic. Adolfo Lopez Mateos International Airport in Toluca, General Mariano Matamoros Airport in Cuernavaca or Hermanos Serdán International Airport in Puebla. Even with the inauguration of the new Terminal 2, the airport would be ideally designed to serve around 18 million passengers per year, according to the international standards for runway and terminal usage. Instead, the airport will keep increasing the number of passengers from around 26 million passengers in 2008 at a rate of 16% per year.

Terminals and facilities

Terminal Layout before T2
Terminal layout after T2 was built
Terminal 2 - Waiting area.


Mexico City International Airport has two passenger terminals. Terminal 1 is separated from the other by the runways. Terminal 2 is connected to Terminal 1 by the Aerotrén monorail system in which only connecting passengers with hand baggage are allowed to use with their boarding pass. Technical and cabin crew can also use it. Normal operation hours are from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm, every day of the year, and the first run always begins from T2 to T1; the last run of the day is to T2. The distance between the terminals is 3 km. and the Airtrain's speed is 45 km. per hour. The Airtrain journey, once the doors are fully closed therefore takes approximately 4 minutes and 40 seconds between stations in both directions. Also, if you arrive as a train is leaving the maximum waiting period for the next train is 11 minutes. Also there is a land service between terminals called "inter-terminal transportation". These buses are located at entrance no. 6 of Terminal 1 and entrance no. 4 of Terminal 2.

Terminal 1

  • Opened in 1958; expanded in 1970, 1989, 1998, 2000 and 2004
  • Overall terminal surface: 548,000 sq meters
  • Contact positions: 33
  • Remote positions: 20 (34 Before New T2 was built)
  • Number of jetways: 32
  • Number of airside halls: 10 (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J)
  • Number of landside (check-in) halls: 9 (A1, A2, B, C, D, D1, F1, F2, F3)
  • Number of mobile-lounges: 11 (A7-A, A7-B, A7-C, A9-A, A9-B, A9-C, A9-D, A9-E, F19-A, F19-C, F19-D)
  • Hotel service: 600 rooms (Camino Real), 110 rooms (Hilton)
  • Parking service: 3,100 vehicles (Domestic), 2,400 vehicles (International)
  • Space per passenger in T1: 17 sq meters
  • Number of baggage claiming carousels: 22
  • Premium Lounges in T1: Salón Premier Internacional T1 (Aeroméxico), Red Carpet Club (United Airlines), Admirals Club (American Airlines), American Express Lounge (American Express), Elite Lounge Nacional (Mexicana), Elite Lounge Internacional (Mexicana).

Mexico City's Terminal 1 is currently the largest airport terminal in the Americas and the fourth largest in the world.

Terminal 2

  • Opened in 2007
  • Overall terminal surface: 242,000 sq meters
  • Contact positions: 23
  • Remote positions: 17 (Aeromar and Aeromexico Connect)
  • Number of jetways: 23
  • Number of airside halls: 2 (Domestic, International)
  • Number of landside (check-in) halls: 3 (L1, L2, L3)
  • Hotel service: 287 rooms (NH)
  • Parking service: 3,000 vehicles
  • Space per passenger in T2: 22 sq meters
  • Number of baggage claiming carousels: 15
  • Premium Lounges in T2: Club Diamante (Aeromar), Salón Premier (Aeroméxico), Salón Premier Internacional T2 (Aeroméxico), Riedel Wine Room (Aeroméxico) , Travel Pass Elite Lounge (Banamex) , Centurion American Express Lounge American Express.
  • Platform surface: 426,000 sq meters
  • Inter-terminal Aerotrén capacity: 7,800 daily passengers

Terminal 2 is now housing all Aeroméxico flights out of the airport, becoming the airline's main distribution center. Although the terminal was intended to be served by all-SkyTeam member airlines, Air France and KLM decided to remain at Terminal 1.

Airlines and destinations

External façade of Terminal 2.
Terminal 2 Hall L2 in the foreground, Hall L1 in the far background.
Terminal 2 Hall L3 Entrance.
Terminal 2 Hall L3 Check-in Counters.
Terminal 2 - AeroMéxico aircraft parked at North Concourse.
AeroMéxico Boeing 777-200ER is taking off from Mexico City airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
An Aeroméxico Connect Embraer ERJ-145 landing.
A Volaris A319 parked at Terminal 1 on a rainy day.
Airlines Destinations Terminal/
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Ezeiza 1
Aeromar Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Ciudad Victoria, Colima, Durango, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Lázaro Cárdenas, Manzanillo, Matamoros, Minatitlán/Coatzacoalcos, Morelia, Nuevo Laredo, Piedras Negras, Poza Rica, Puerto Escondido, Reynosa, Saltillo, San Luis Potosí, Tepic, Veracruz, Xalapa
Seasonal: San Antonio
Aeroméxico Barcelona, Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cancún, Caracas, Chicago-O'Hare, Fresno, Guadalajara, Havana, Las Vegas, Lima, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, Monterrey, Montréal-Trudeau, New York-JFK, Orlando, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, San Antonio, San Francisco, San José de Costa Rica, San José del Cabo, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Shanghai-Pudong, Tijuana, Tokyo-Narita
Seasonal: Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Ontario
2 North
Aeroméxico Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Mérida, Mexicali, Monterrey, Oaxaca, San José del Cabo, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Acapulco, Ciudad del Carmen, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, Reynosa, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Veracruz
2 South
Aeroméxico Connect Guatemala City, Houston-Intercontinental, Mérida, Miami, San Antonio, San Pedro Sula 2 North
Aeroméxico Connect Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Campeche, Chihuahua, Ciudad del Carmen, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Colima, Culiacán, Durango, Guadalajara, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, La Paz, León/El Bajío, Los Mochis, Matamoros, Mazatlán, Mérida, Mexicali, Minatitlán/Coatzacoalcos, Monterrey, Morelia, Nuevo Laredo, Oaxaca, Poza Rica, Puerto Vallarta, Reynosa, San José del Cabo, San Luis Potosí, Tampico, Tapachula, Tijuana, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Zacatecas
2 South
Air Canada Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver 1
Air Europa Madrid 1
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles 1
American Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami 1
Avianca Bogotá 1
British Airways London-Heathrow 1
Continental Airlines Houston-Intercontinental, Newark 1
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Houston-Intercontinental 1
Copa Airlines Panama City 2 North
Copa Airlines Colombia Bogotá 2 North
Cubana de Aviación Havana 1
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City 2 North
Iberia Madrid 1
Interjet Acapulco, Cancún, Chetumal, Chihuahua, Ciudad del Carmen, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Cozumel, Culiacán, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, Havana, Hermosillo, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mérida, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, San Antonio [begins December 1], San José del Cabo, Tampico, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa 1
KLM Amsterdam 1
LAN Airlines Santiago de Chile 2 North
LAN Perú Lima 2 North
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich [begins March 27, 2012][4] 1
Magnicharters Cancún, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mérida, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo
Seasonal: Manzanillo
TACA Airlines San Salvador 1
TACA Airlines operated by Lacsa Guatemala City, San José de Costa Rica 1
TACA Perú Lima 1
TAM Airlines São Paulo-Guarulhos 1
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles
Seasonal: Denver
US Airways Charlotte, Phoenix 1
VivaAerobus Campeche, Cancún, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, Huatulco, Mazatlán, Mérida, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, Tampico, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Villahermosa 1
Volaris Cancún, Chicago-Midway, Chihuahua, Culiacán, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, La Paz, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexicali, Monterrey, Oakland, San Diego, San José del Cabo, Tijuana, Zacatecas 1
  • ^1 Aeromar has remote positions, just north of Terminal 2.

Other services.

Cargo airlines

As of July 2011, Mexico City airport is served by 16 cargo airlines flying directly to Europe, North and South America. The following airlines operate the following scheduled destinations.

Airlines Destinations
ABX Air Los Angeles, San José de Costa Rica
AeroUnion Chicago-O'Hare, Guadalajara, Los Angeles
Air France Cargo Guadalajara, Houston-Intercontinental, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Porto
Amerijet International Miami
Atlas Air Huntsville
Cargolux Atlanta, Guadalajara, Houston-Intercontinental, Luxembourg, Miami, New York-JFK
Centurion Air Cargo Bangor (ME), Miami
Cielos Airlines Lima
DHL Express operated
by Astar Air Cargo
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Miami
DHL de Guatemala Guatemala City
Estafeta Mérida, San Luis Potosí, Villahermosa
Florida West International Airways Bogotá, Miami
Lufthansa Cargo Chicago O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Frankfurt
MasAir Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campinas-Viracopos, Caracas, Guadalajara, Guayaquil, Lima, Los Angeles, Manaus, Medellín-Córdova, Miami, Quito, Santiago de Chile
Tampa Cargo Bogotá
UPS Airlines Louisville
World Airways Milan-Malpensa

Airlines providing on-demand cargo services

Other facilities

Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares, a government-owned corporation that operates airports in Mexico, has its headquarters on the airport property.[5] The Aeromar headquarters are located in Hangar 7 in Zone D of the General Aviation Terminal of the airport.[6][7] Aviacsa has its headquarters in Hangar 1 in Zone C.[8]

Traffic statistics

Year Total passengers[9]  % change Aircraft movements  % change Cargo [TM]  % change
2006 24,727,296 increase 2.5 355,593 increase 6.9 - -
2007 25,881,662 increase 4.7 378,161 increase 6.3 - -
2008 26,210,217 increase 1.3 366,561 decrease 3.1 376,095.71 -
2009 24,243,056 decrease 7.5 348,306 decrease 5.0 321,133.44 decrease 14.61
2010 24,130,535 decrease 0.46 339,898 decrease 2.4 393,075.87 increase 22.40
2011 [Jan-Oct]
increase 6.71 288,189 increase 0.80 336,891.85 increase 4.72


Busiest international routes at Mexico City International Airport [2010][10]
Rank City Passengers Rank change Carriers
1 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles, CA, USA 665,399 steady Aeroméxico, Alaska, United, Volaris
2 Flag of the United States.svg Houston, TX, USA 621,097 increase2 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Continental, ExpressJet Airlines
3 Flag of the United States.svg New York, NY, USA (JFK and Newark airports) 1 590,506 decrease1 Aeroméxico, Continental, Delta
4 Flag of the United States.svg Miami, FL, USA 553,836 decrease1 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, American
5 Flag of Spain.svg Madrid, Spain 496,443 steady Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Iberia
6 Flag of the United States.svg Dallas, TX, USA 404,351 steady American
7 Flag of France.svg Paris, France 386,259 steady Aeroméxico, Air France
8 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago, IL, USA 310,838 steady Aeroméxico, American, United
9 Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta, GA, USA 269,571 increase2 Delta
10 Flag of Panama.svg Panama City, Panama 267,889 decrease1 Copa
11 Flag of Colombia.svg Bogotá, Colombia 253,483 increase3 Aeroméxico, Avianca, Copa Airlines Colombia
12 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco, CA, USA 237,148 decrease2 Aeroméxico, United
13 Flag of Germany.svg Frankfurt, Germany 215,922 steady Lufthansa
14 Flag of Costa Rica (state).svg San José, Costa Rica 211,408 increase1 Aeroméxico, LACSA
15 Flag of Peru.svg Lima, Peru 210,628 increase9 Aeroméxico, LAN Perú, TACA Perú
16 Flag of Brazil.svg São Paulo, Brazil 196,396 increase3 Aeroméxico, TAM Airlines
17 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam, Netherlands 177,627 increase1 KLM
18 Flag of the United States.svg Phoenix, AZ, USA 173,614 increase9 US Airways
19 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, NV, USA 167,256 decrease2 Aeroméxico, Volaris
20 Flag of Chile.svg Santiago de Chile, Chile 161,807 increase2 Aeroméxico, LAN
21 Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala City, Guatemala 157,273 decrease9 Aeroméxico, TACA, Interjet
22 Flag of Cuba.svg Havana, Cuba 153,980 decrease2 Aeroméxico, Cubana, Interjet
23 Flag of Canada.svg Toronto, Canada 145,180 decrease7 Air Canada
24 Flag of Argentina.svg Buenos Aires, Argentina 128,748 decrease3 Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico
25 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom 126,732 decrease2 British Airways
Busiest domestic routes at Mexico City International Airport [2010]
Rank City Passengers Rank change Carriers
1 Quintana Roo Cancún, Quintana Roo 1,973,959 steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2 Nuevo León Monterrey, Nuevo León 1,837,278 steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3 Jalisco Guadalajara, Jalisco 1,628,333 steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4 Baja California Tijuana, Baja California 824,865 steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris
5 Yucatán Mérida, Yucatán 755,921 steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus
6 Chiapas Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas 596,567 steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus
7 Tabasco Villahermosa, Tabasco 518,667 steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus
8 Veracruz Veracruz, Veracruz 433,227 steady Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet
9 Sonora Hermosillo, Sonora 428,656 steady Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris
10 Jalisco Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco 370,790 increase1 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni
11 Guerrero Acapulco, Guerrero 358,185 decrease1 Aeromar, AeroMéxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet
12 Baja California Sur Los Cabos, Baja California Sur 338,306 increase1 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, Volaris
13 Tamaulipas Tampico, Tamaulipas 332,108 decrease1 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus
14 Chihuahua (state) Chihuahua, Chihuahua 317,052 increase5 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris
15 Oaxaca Oaxaca, Oaxaca 316,627 decrease1 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
16 Chihuahua (state) Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua 305,852 decrease1 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus
17 Oaxaca Bahías de Huatulco, Oaxaca 300,159 decrease1 Aeromar, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus
18 Sinaloa Culiacán, Sinaloa 294,714 steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris
19 Guanajuato León/El Bajío, Guanajuato 233,362 increase2 Aeroméxico Connect
20 Coahuila Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Coahuila 230,791 decrease3 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
21 Guerrero Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Guerrero 217,276 decrease1 Aeromar, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni
22 Campeche Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche 214,147 steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet
23 Baja California Mexicali, Baja California 200,680 steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris
24 Chiapas Tapachula, Chiapas 181,337 increase? Aeroméxico Connect
25 Sinaloa Mazatlan, Sinaloa 180,091 steady Aeroméxico Connect, VivaAerobus
  • ^1 Official statistics include JFK and Newark airports.

Ground transportation

Individuals aircraft spotting from a spot adjacent the taxiways

Metro and bus services

The airport is served by the Terminal Aérea Metro station, which belongs to Line 5 of the subway, running from Pantitlán station to Politécnico station. It is located just outside the T1's national terminal.Terminals 1 and 2 have two land terminals operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Different bus lines operate from here [2], and provide continuous transportation services to the main cities located around Mexico City, such as Córdoba, Cuernavaca, Pachuca, Puebla, Querétaro, Tlaxcala and Toluca. The Terminal 1 land terminal is located in front of the international area vehicular ramp and its facilities include various services for the comfort of the passengers. Among others, it offers VIP lounges, internet, resting, reading and meeting halls. The Terminal 2 land terminal is located at gate D, between entrance 4 and the national arrival passenger exit, and its facilities include resting halls and a fast food area.

Authorized taxis

Taxis are in operation in Terminals 1 and 2 and there are two models of service: Ordinary service in a sedan type vehicle for 4 passengers. Executive service in 8 passengers vans. At present there are 5 taxi groups in operation. These are the only taxis authorized by the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) of the Federal Government. The Terminal 1 taxi boarding areas are located at entrances 1 and 10; and in Terminal 2, boarding areas are located at entrances 3 and 4. Taxi rates are registered under the SCT and include passenger insurance, civil liability and medical expenses for all occupants. To receive the taxi service you must purchase the corresponding ticket previously at the authorized sale points located within the airport.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 10 April 1968, Douglas R4D-3 XA-GEV of Aerovías Rojas crashed on approach, killing all eighteen people on board. The aircraft was operating a domestic scheduled passenger flight, which was the airline's inaugural flight from Aguascalientes International Airport to Mexico City.[11]
  • On October 31, 1979, Western Airlines Flight 2605 crash-landed. The crew of the DC-10 had landed on the wrong runway and the jetliner hit construction vehicles that were on the closed runway. There were 78 fatalities (including one on the ground) and 14 survivors.
  • An Aero California DC-9-15 overran in 2006, during an intense storm at the airport. There were no victims, but the aircraft was scrapped. However, a woman died later due to a heart attack.[citation needed]
  • On September 9, 2009, hijacked Aeroméxico Flight 576 landed at Mexico City International Airport from Cancun International Airport.
  • On September 13, 2009, Lufthansa Cargo McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 D-ALCO was damaged in a heavy landing. Post landing inspection revealed that there were wrinkles in the fuselage skin and the nose gear was bent.[12] According to a Lufthansa spokesman, the aircraft will be repaired and returned into full service.[13]

See also

  • List of the busiest airports in Mexico


  1. ^ Airport information for MMMX at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for MEX at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ "BEGIN SERVICE IN THE AICM T2: Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect, COPA & LAN (In Spanish)". Mexico City International Airport. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Home." Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares. Retrieved on December 20, 2010. "Av.602 No.161 Col.Zona Federal Aeropuerto Internacional Ciudad de México Delegación Venustiano Carranza, C.P.15620, México D.F."
  6. ^ "Directory: World Airlines." Flight International. March 16–22, 2004. 50. "Hangar 7, Zona "D", Terminal de Aviacion General, Col Federal, Mexico DF, 15620, Mexico"
  7. ^ "DIRECTORIO DE OFICINAS DE VENTAS." Aeromar. August 16, 2007. 3/7. "CORPORATIVO MEXICO Hangar No. 1 Zona "D" Col. Federal 15620 México, D. F."
  8. ^ "Directorio." Aviacsa. Retrieved on January 23, 2011. "DIRECCIÓN COMERCIAL Hangar 1, Zona "C", Col. Aviación Gral. [...] Aeropuerto Int. de la Cd. de México. C.P. 15520"
  9. ^ "Statistics Mexico City Airport". Mexico City International Airport. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  10. ^ [1] 2010 Origin-Destinations statistics. Secretariat of Communications and Transportation. Retrieved on January 22, 2011 (In Spanish)
  11. ^ "XA-GEV Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Accident: Lufthansa Cargo MD11 at Mexico City on Sep 13th 2009, hard landing". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "Lufthansa Cargo wird D-ALCO in Stand setzen". Media & IT. Retrieved 24 October 2009. (German)

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