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Federal de Bachigualato International Airport

Llegando a Culiacán, nos sorprendió un arco iris #aviary #arcoiris #culiacan

Llegando a Culiacán, nos sorprendió un arco iris #aviary #arcoiris #culiacan

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Bachigualato Federal International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Federal de Bachigualato, ), commonly named Culiacán International Airport (), is an international airport located at Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. It handles the national and international air traffic of the city of Culiacán.

The airport is among the Top 10 busiest airports in Mexico, and the busiest in domestic traffic and second busiest for international operations in the state of Sinaloa. It is currently handled by Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, having undergone major construction consisting of a new terminal layout and a new boarding system. It has two jetways.

In 2018, Culiacán airport crossed the 2-million milestone for the first time, moving 2,270,834 passengers, an increase of 22.26% from previous year.

Bachigualato Federal International Airport is named after the neighborhood of Bachigualato, where the airport is located.

In favorable weather, flights from the Baja California peninsula and north arrive to runway 02, and flights from the rest of the country to runway 20.

The state executive announced plans to expand the airport and the construction of a second runway to support Boeing 777 landings.


  • Number of gates: 5
  • Contact positions: 5
  • Remote positions: 3
  • Number of jetways: 2
  • Number of halls: 2 (Domestic & International)
  • Number of baggage claiming carousels: 4 (Domestic & International gates)
  • Food court and bar (Upper Level)
  • Check-in area: (Boarding area & Ticket sales)
  • Customs (Arrivals area)
  • Taxi & car rentals (Main road & Domestic arrivals area)
  • Duty Free (Floor Level & Upper Lever)
  • Hotel service (offices):
    • Lucerna Hotel
    • Fideicomiso
  • Parking area
  • Aeroméxico offices (Floor Level & Country Courts)
  • Interjet offices (Floor Level)
  • VivaAerobus offices (Floor Level)
  • Volaris offices (Floor Level)


The CIA (Culiacán International Airport) has two terminals.

Main Terminal

The Main Terminal is used for all commercial flights, domestic and international. It has two jetways and 3 remote positions.

Terminal expansion

From February to November 2012, the airport began the work of expansion to the terminal building. The work consists of improve the operation, the airport functionality and the passenger comfort, with an expansion of 3,000m², including: the new terminal lobby and the growth in outpatient, remodeling of 2,500m² for passengers, reconfiguration of check-in point on upper level with 3 simultaneous check-in lines, the construction of a vertical circulation core in the front façade including a panoramic elevator, the growth of the waiting lounge area, the shopping area redesign and a projection of an image of modernity in its façade and inside it.

General Aviation Terminal

The General Aviation Terminal (also known as the Private Aviation Terminal) is located next to the Main Terminal. The Terminal is used for private planes, and helicopters.

Busiest routes

1, Tijuana421,582Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2, Mexico City297,261Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3, Guadalajara157,266 VivaAerobus, Volaris
4, Monterrey73,499Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobus
5, Mexicali56,645 1Calafia Airlines, TAR, Volaris
6, Los Cabos51,068 1Aero Pacífico, VivaAerobus, Volaris
7, La Paz38,402Calafia Airlines, VivaAerobus
8, Hermosillo14,845TAR
9, Chihuahua13,460TAR, VivaAerobus
10, Ciudad Juárez5,627TAR, Volaris

Accidents and incidents

  • On July 5, 2007, a twin-engine Sabreliner cargo jet failed to take off from the airport due to a loss of control resulting from a tire blowout and slid off the runway onto a highway. Three people died on board the plane and six on the ground; five more were injured.
  • On April 24, 2012, a Cessna 182 registered XBMPN for private use crashed in the airport few seconds after took off. The plane was heading to Chihuahua Airport and at the time of the crash was only manned by the pilot of the aircraft who resulted with only minor injuries. The aircraft remained in some trees at the end of the runway, still on airport property.

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Text taken from Wikipedia - Culiacán International Airport under the CC-BY-SA-3.0 on September 26, 2019

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