Benito Juárez International Airport
The Benito Juarez International Airport serves the capital of Mexico, Mexico City. It is the busiest airport in Mexico and the second busiest in Latin America. It was named after Benito Juarez, a 19th century president of Mexico, in 2006. It is five kilometres east of central Mexico City. The airport has considerable overfly and landing issues because of its proximity to buildings in the eastern part of the city.
History of the Airport
The airport was originally Balbuena Military Airport in 1928 and regular services began in 1931. It officially became an international airport in 1943. New facilities were added including a terminal building and control tower, and it became a commercial airport in 1952. In 1963, the name of the airport was changed to Mexico City International Airport and 40 years later it was changed again to Benito Juarez.
A new Terminal 2 was opened in 2007 increasing the passenger capacity. The main problem with expansion is the surrounding city. The airport is in a densely populated area so there is no place to grow.
The airport has two passenger terminals separated by runways. Terminal 1 is the largest terminal in the Americas and the fourth largest terminal in the world. It has four premium lounges, 22 baggage claim carousels, parking for over 5,000 vehicles and 11 mobile lounges.
Terminal 2 has six premium lounges, parking for 3,000 vehicles, 15 baggage carousels and two check-in halls, one for international passengers and one for domestic passengers. The airport has charter flights and cargo service. It is the third busiest cargo airport in Latin America.
Parking at Benito Juarez Airport
Parking is in front of the entrances one and two of the terminal building’s National Arrivals zone. It is monitored by a modern security and surveillance system and closed circuit TV. Parking for international passengers is in front of the international entrance of the terminal building near the long-distance bus terminal. Additional parking is in Parking Lot 06 in front of the taxi stand.
There is an air train for passengers with a boarding pass to travel between terminals. Access from Terminal 1 is up the escalator in Gate D in the centre of the Puente Pilotos bridge. Access from Terminal 2 is through Gate M on the National Arrivals side. The train operates every day from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
In Terminal 1, the lost and found is in the Mezzanine Office 102. In Terminal 2 it is on the ground floor in the banking area. To retrieve lost property or baggage, identification and other documents will be required. Lost objects left on a plane must be reported directly to the airline. There is also a Left Baggage service at Gates A and E2 with 24-hour service all year.
The airport has facilities for people with special medical needs as well as people with disabilities. It is fully wheelchair accessible including all the restrooms, ramps, and elevators in domestic and international arrivals and departure areas. Electric carts are available to serve the elderly, pregnant women, disabled people, and anyone who needs help in an emergency.
There are several VIP lounges in the airport. Some have a spa, beauty salon, showers, Internet access, and business centres. There are also private meeting rooms and work stations. Both terminals have exhibition centres where there are galleries for museums, art shows, and other things.
Charter flights are available at the airport with several different types of aircraft. Flights can be customised to fit the needs of leisure or business travel. Helicopters are also available. The airport also caters to private aircraft landing and taking off. Benito Juarez has 24-hour air ambulance services.
Airlines Serving Mexico City Airport
Being the busiest airport in Mexico, Benito Juárez International Airport serves as the headquarters for Aeromexico. The Mexican flag carrier connects Mexico City with more than 40 total destinations. Of course, Mexico’s largest airline offers domestic service to some of the largest and most visited cities in the country. Acapulco, Cancun, Guadalajara, Leon, Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Monterey, Merida, and Mexicali are listed on the extensive domestic service operated by Aeromexico. Most of the flights within Mexico are actually provided by Aeromexico Connect regional service in the South Concourse of Terminal 2 at Benito Juárez International Airport.
Mexico’s national airline also connects Benito Juárez International Airport with major cities in South America, North America, Central America, and Asia. Bogota, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Lima, Santiago de Chile, and Sao Paulo are major Latin American destinations that can be reached via Aeromexico. Mexico’s busiest airline also connects Mexico City with major cities in the United States such as Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, New York, San Francisco, and Washington District of Columbia. International flights operated by Aeromexico depart from the North Concourse of Terminal 2 at Mexico City’s main airport.
Another major Mexican airline that is based at Benito Juárez International Airport is Aeromar. This carrier offers trips to more than a dozen cities within Mexico. Acapulco, Manzanillo, Poza Rica, Veracruz, and Xalapa make the list of Aeromar routes. The domestic service by Aeromar is available in Terminal 2 in Mexico City’s largest airport.
Interjet is another domestic carrier at Benito Juárez International Airport that operates reliable service to more than a dozen cities in Mexico. The domestic flights by this Mexican low cost carrier are offered in Concourse B of Terminal 1. From Concourse F in Terminal 1, passengers can board international Interjet flights to destinations such as Guatemala City, Miami, New York, San Antonio, and San Jose (Costa Rica.) The low cost Mexican carriers VivaAerobus and Volaris offer additional domestic and international service in Mexico’s largest airport.
The list of major Latin American airlines serving Benito Juárez International Airport includes Copa Airlines, Copa Airlines Colombia, Cubana de Aviacion, LAN Airlines, LAN Peru, TACA Airlines, and TAM. Mexico City is even served by several European airline companies including Air France, British Airways, Iberia, KLM, and Lufthansa.
Direct flights between Benito Juárez International Airport and the United States are available thanks to the U.S. carriers AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and US Airways. Most of the international airlines use Terminal 1 at Benito Juárez International Airport.