Guadalajara Miguel Hidal Airport
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- Carretera Guadalajara Chapala km 17.5
Municipio de Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco.
C.P.45659 Guadalajara Jalisco.
- 1818m x 29m
4000m x 60m
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- ABX Air
Cargolux Airlines International
Delta Air Lines
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
- Air Canada
Air Europa Lineas Aereas
Air New Zealand
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Guadalajara International Airport serves Mexico's second city of Guadalajara and is the country's third busiest airport, after Mexico City Juarez International Airport and Cancun International Airport. Guadalajara is the 10th largest city in Latin America in terms of both population and GDP. The airport serves as a focus city for Aeromexico and was formerly a hub for defunct Mexicana. The airport is one of 12 operated by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP), as is also known as Miguel Hidal y Costilla International Airport.
Location of Guadalajara Miguel Hidal Airport, Mexico
Ground Handlers servicing Guadalajara Miguel Hidal Airport
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Mexican low-cost carrier VivaAerobus began 2014 on a down note – cancelling a planned public offering valued at roughly USD226 million as it concluded market conditions were too dour and unpredictable to achieve an IPO successfully.
The cancellation occurred as VivaAerobus prepared for the first delivery of an Airbus A320. Its acceptance of the new jet marks a pivotal transition from older Boeing 737-300 narrowbodies to similar aircraft operated by its fellow low-cost rivals Interjet and Volaris.
VivaAerobus’ decision to shutter accessing the public markets does leave some questions as to how it will finance the 52 Airbus jets it has on order as six of the aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2014. On a broader scale, VivaAerobus remains the smallest carrier among the four largest Mexican airlines, three of which (including VivaAoerbus) define themselves as low-cost carriers. If the projected rebound in Mexico’s economy fails to materialise during 2014, VivaAerobus’ greater exposure to the domestic market could create challenges for the carrier’s yet-to-be defined strategy for the future.
Mexican carriers Aeromexico and Volaris managed to turn profits during FY2013 despite the country’s sagging economic conditions that produced GDP growth of just over 1% in 2013.
Mexico’s dour economic conditions resulted in each carrier facing yield weakness during 4Q2013, which triggered a quarterly loss at Volaris. No improvements in pricing traction are expected until 2H2014 at the earliest, which means in the short term Aeromexico and Volaris will continue to trade yield for load factors while preparing for double-digit capacity growth during FY2014.
Given the expected slow recovery in Mexico’s domestic market, each carrier has opted to steer a larger portion of their planned capacity increases into international markets, where presumably the two airlines can price fares at levels to offset continued pricing weakness on domestic routes.
Aeromexico, Mexico’s largest network carrier, plans a revamp to its Mexico City hub during 2014 to maximise connectivity as part of its strategy to strengthen the airport as a connection point to the numerous markets it serves in Latin America and solidify its place in the domestic market.
The carrier also plans to phase out its smaller 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets in Mexico City by YE2014 to improve its competitive position and increase its seat count at the slot-controlled airport. Other changes Aeromexico plans to implement includes the introduction of a new shuttle product in some of Mexico’s busiest business markets.
Aeromexico’s product and schedule improvements occur as Mexico’s four largest carriers – Aeromexico, Interjet, Volaris and VivaAerobus – become firmly entrenched in their respective business models and continue to expand in order to ensure they capture their fair share of Mexico’s domestic market. As a comprehensive full service carrier, Aeromexico needs to position itself as a competitive force in all passenger segments in order to sustain its stature as Mexico’s leading airline. Introduction of a new low fare product Contigo in 2013 in transborder markets from Guadalajara was an imortant move.
Mexico’s Interjet begins 2014 with hints that it may finally undertake an on-again, off-again initial public offering as hopes are high that Mexico’s economy will improve after a lacklustre performance during 2013.
Near the end of 2013 Mexico’s publicly traded carriers Aeromexico and Volaris were battling weak yields, trading in pricing traction to maintain load factors as conditions in the Mexican domestic market were challenging. As Mexico’s second largest carrier in terms of seats on offer in the country’s domestic market, privately-held Interjet also likely experienced some yield pressure during 2013.
Interjet continues its growth in 2014 as it accepts more deliveries of the 93-seat Sukoi Superjet 100 narrowbody jets that should aid the carrier in penetrating smaller markets and perhaps right-sizing capacity during less busier times on trunk routes. At the same time the carrier is considering building Guadalajara into a hub, following the launch of new international flights from Guadalajara to San Antonio in Dec-2013.
After remaining relatively quiet on Delta’s bold moves into key markets from its Seattle hub, Alaska Air Group has opted to try competing elsewhere with Delta through the introduction of four new markets from Delta’s Salt Lake City in Jun-2014.
The move by Alaska is interesting given it has served Salt Lake City for little more than a year after introducing service to Seattle in Apr-2013. While it takes varying timeframes for routes to reach a certain level of maturity, Alaska must be encouraged by the early returns on its performance in Salt Lake City, and feels comfortable expanding into markets where it has ample brand recognition, and in some cases, a solid position of strength.
Even as Alaska’s decision to add service from Salt Lake City seems to be a response to Delta’s latest aggressive moves in Seattle, the expansion also reflects Alaska’s years-long strategy to diversify its route network outside the US Pacific Northwest into more transcontinental and mid-continental markets.
Mexico’s publicly traded carriers Aeromexico and Volaris battled tough economic conditions in the country during 3Q2013 as FY2013 GDP growth estimates for Mexico continue to fall. To compensate both carriers are adopting strategies to preserve passenger volumes at the expense of yield, with Aeromexico in particular emphasising it aims to defend its position in the domestic market.
Even as yield pressure lingers into 4Q2013, both airlines are seeing positive booking trends for the last quarter of the year and into 2014. And each carrier appears to be focusing on international expansion in the short term to combat some of the weakness created by Mexico’s sluggish economy.
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