Monterrey International Airport
Chances are that if you are flying into Monterrey, Mexico, you will be using the General Mariano Escobedo International Airport. While Monterrey might not immediately strike the casual American traveler as one of the major destinations in Mexico, the airport is actually the fourth most important in the country for the number of passengers dealt with annually. It serves over 5 million passengers every year with almost 300 daily flights to destinations in Mexico and the United States. While it may not be the busiest airport in Mexico, it is actually considered one of the most modern in North America.
However, the airport’s namesake is not so modern. General Mariano Escobedo fought during the Mexican-American War in the in the 1840s and continued his career by serving in regional government in Mexico. As part of this career in government, he became Governor of the state of Nuevo Leon residing in the state’s capital of Monterrey. As one of the most impactful figures in the history of Monterrey, when the city built an airport, it seemed a natural choice to name it after General Escobedo. The General would be honored to have such a modern and impressive facility as his namesake.
Terminals at Monterrey Airport
Mexico’s fourth largest airport has three passenger terminals, as well as one Air Cargo terminal. Terminal A is the original terminal and is divided into a North Concourse and South Concourse with the North Concourse handling domestic flights and the South Concourse working on the international destinations. This flagship terminal is looking for continued expansion as the airport grows as a very fast pace.
The rapid growth of this airport is evident as the Terminals B and C were both built in the 2000s. Terminal C was constructed in 2006 and Terminal B, considered the second most modern terminal in the country, was finished in 2010. These new terminals were constructed to handle the exploding traffic of the airport as it blossomed past the 5-million passenger mark annually. In addition, the existing terminals have been renovated and expanded as recently as 2003 and 2007, earning Escobedo Airport the moniker of one of the most modern airports in North America. These terminals are not physically connected but can be accessed by a shuttle that travels between them. Running 19 hours of the day, the shuttles are absolutely free and have a maximum waiting time of about 10 minutes, at the busiest. The most common destinations for General Escobedo airport include Mexico City, Guadalajara, Chihuahua, and Tijuana domestically. The major international destinations include Dallas and Houston.
As such as busy airport with modern facilities, all the amenities that make an airport functional are present. Each terminal has its own set of parking structures for both short and long term visitors. This is a huge boon to frequent travelers in and out of Monterrey, which is, after all, one of the centers of Mexican industry, who know where their flights will be departing and arriving from so they can minimize the time needed to get through security and get on the plane and on with their lives, something that is valuable to any traveler.
Using the parking facilities is not the only way in or out of the airport. The new facilities at General Mariano Escobedo Airport include an ultramodern Express Sky Bus that can take travelers directly from the airport to and from the heart of Monterrey without any fuss.
Of course, the airport also contains all of the necessary elements of a modern international facility, including currency exchange for passengers traveling between Mexico and the United States and a large and extensive customs department. To the frequent traveler, a good airport is one that doesn’t hinder the travel experience in any way and Monterrey’s modern airport hits that on all counts.