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.
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- 1818m x 29m
4000m x 60m
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- ABX Air
Cargolux Airlines International
Delta Air Lines
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- Air Canada
Air Europa Lineas Aereas
All Nippon Airways
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Virgin Atlantic Airways
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 and Cargo Handlers servicing Guadalajara Miguel Hidal Airport
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Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris is expanding its international network in 2H2015 with new service from Guadalajara and Cancun to Guatemala. The new routes mark the first time Volaris has ventured into other Latin American markets but are not surprising given its focus on international capacity growth in 2015 and the fact it has looked for several years at expanding south.
Volaris is particularly focusing on international expansion at Guadalajara as slot constraints limit growth opportunities at Mexico City Juarez. Volaris is already the largest airline at Guadalajara, a position it is keen to leverage as it continues expanding its international network.
Volaris has built up its US transborder network to nearly 20 destinations, and still believes that the market holds vast potential. Volaris is still expanding US transborder service based on the premise that its target VFR passenger sector generates lower levels of competition. But its Mexican rivals Aeromexico, Interjet and VivaAerobus have also been expanding their transborder reach, which is no doubt crowding the market.
Denver International Airport marks an important milestone in 2015, celebrating its 20th anniversary on a good note after reaching its highest passenger levels in four years during 2014. The airport also marked a banner year in 2013 when United inaugurated Denver’s first service to Asia with the launch of flights to Tokyo Narita.
The airport has a good representation of all the airlines business models, serving as a hub for United, Southwest Airlines’ fourth largest base measured by ASMs and ULCC representation from Frontier Airlines, which is headquartered in Denver, and Spirit.
But obviously the airport is not resting on its laurels as it reaches its anniversary. It is in intense competition with other airports to secure additional long-haul flying, angling for service to Asia and Europe and perhaps flights to the Middle East and South America.
Two of Mexico’s largest airlines are encouraged by the country’s economic uptick and what appears to be capacity discipline in the domestic market, which should further help a recovery in yields that both Aeromexico and Volaris began to see in late 2014.
Despite the challenging conditions, Mexico’s domestic market remained fairly stable in 2014 reflected in roughly 8% passenger growth for the year, with the country’s major airlines retaining or growing their market share year-on-year.
Although the positive momentum is a welcome sign after a challenging 1H2014, there is an air of cautiousness underlying the optimism expressed by Aeroemexico and Volaris as the yield improvement is off a low base. As a result each airline plans to direct the bulk of their 2015 capacity growth to international markets.
Grupo Aeromexico is embarking on 2015 with several initiatives under way to strengthen its network to ensure it maintains its stature as Mexico’s leading airline. The company is rebanking its strategic hub at Mexico City while resuming limited operations at nearby Toluca to alleviate some operating constraints at Mexico City Juarez.
Aeromexico is also in the midst of building up its hub at Monterrey and touting a new shuttle product from Mexico City to the country’s busiest business markets. At the same time, the airline is expanding its international footprint with new destinations in Latin America as well as new North American markets.
The network optimisation occurs as Mexico’s economic performance measured by GDP growth looks to improve year-on-year in 2015. Some of the challenges Aeromexico faced in 2014 are lingering into 2015, including pricing traction in Mexico’s domestic market. But Aeromexico seems to be taking the necessary steps to blunt the weakness that still may be present in Mexico’s domestic aviation market through efforts to maximise the vast connectivity it can offer compared with its rivals.
A newly revised air services agreement between Mexico and the US that eases limits on the number of airlines allowed to operate on routes between the two countries is a welcome development for airlines operating in both regions. But it is particularly interesting for Mexico’s airlines given that their penetration in the transborder space still pales in comparison to US airlines operating between the two countries.
The new pact does not take effect until Jan-2016, which means that the lifting of restrictions is some way in the future. But in the meantime Mexico’s airlines still have ample opportunity under the existing agreement, and are no doubt evaluating new opportunities created by the new air services arrangement.
Mexico and the US struck the new accord as all of Mexico’s airlines are making a transborder push to diversify from the domestic market, which has been weaker the last couple of years due to Mexico’s sluggish economy. Key to the execution of the expansion is ensuring demand is robust enough in transborder markets in order to maintain favourable yields on those routes.
Mexico’s publicly traded airlines are seeing signs of a gradual recovery in the country’s fragile economy, which is fuelling hope that their fortunes will improve in CY2015 after battling weak domestic demand in CY2014.
As a result of sagging domestic yields, both Aeromexico and Volaris have attempted to push the bulk of their capacity into international markets, with varying outcomes as the introduction of five Boeing 787s has continued to pressure Aeromexico's yields in the short term. Volaris’ recent transborder push does appear to be mitigating some of Mexico’s domestic weakness.
Both airlines were profitable in 3Q2014; but Aeromexico’s profits declined while Volaris increased its net income by shoring non-ticket revenue and opting to trade in load factor to boost yields.