Guadalajara International Airport
The Guadalajara International Airport is also called the Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport. Miguel Higalgo is considered the father of Mexican independence from Spain. The airport is located 17 kilometres south of the centre of Guadalajara and opened in 1966. It is the third busiest airport in Mexico for passenger flights and the second for cargo flights.
Features of the Airport
The airport has two terminals and two runways. One terminal is for domestic flights and the other is for international flights. They are near each other and can be easily accessed by foot. The airport is a main hub for connecting flights to the United States. It was renovated to expand the operating capacity in 2007. This renovation added a new Terminal 1 and four taxiways. Terminal 2 was also upgraded and is mainly for domestic flights.
Parking for the airport is adjacent to the airport hotel. The airport has ATMs, three banks as well as places for currency exchange and a post office. There are also Internet and fax facilities. A telephone information service is available, but there are no airport information desks. If passengers need information, they need to go their respective airline counters. There is an information desk for tourism in Mexico located in the terminal building.
There is baggage wrapping services before check-in, but there are no left-baggage facilities. Trolleys are available. Some airlines offer business facilities in their lounges with fax, Wifi, photocopying and phones. There is also a business centre at the Hotel Casa Grande, which is accessible through a walkway from the airport. In addition to the above services, it also offers secretarial services and computers. There are also eight conference rooms that will accommodate up to 600 people.
There are three Wi-Fi hotspots in the airport. One is at Starbucks, one at Wings and one at Burger King. After making a purchase at the restaurant, travellers get an access code on the receipt. There is one restaurant in the terminal building that is open 24 hours and several bars. A Duty Free shop, newsagent and gift shop are also inside the terminal building. The airport also has a massage parlour. Seven top car rental companies as well as several local companies have counters in the airport.
The airport does not have extensive facilities for disabled passengers. It has toilets with wheelchair access as well as an electric wheelchair lift, which enables disabled passengers to reach both levels of the terminal. It also has parking spaces for the disabled. Any passenger, who requires special care, should inform their airline in advance of departure.
Guadalajara Airport Operations
The Guadalajara International Airport also offers private aviation for private jets for leisure or business as well as charters for private planes and helicopters. They promise a short handling time for private jets with fast and easy check-in, which is not in the normal passenger terminal. Learjets are available at the airport as well as other aircraft for visitors to choose the most economical private charter.
There is also cargo aircraft for cost-effective express deliveries. According to the route and cargo volume, there are inexpensive freight aircraft charters for express delivery. The loading aids such as trucks and forklifts are available at the airport for easy loading. The Guadalajara International Airport is well-known among automobile manufacturers for urgent transportation of goods that is cheaper than possible disturbances in the supply chain or production line.
Ambulance flights are provided at the airport for intensive care or patient retrieval from a holiday accident. The transport ambulances are medically equipped and have experienced specialised staff. These air ambulances have passed the Guadalajara regulatory approval process. The fast pick-up service includes paediatric transports with incubators.