Guadalajara Miguel Hidal Airport
- CAPA Analysis
- Schedule Analysis
- Cargo Analysis
- Route Maps
- Fast Fact Report
- IATA Code
- ICAO Code
- Corporate Address
- Carretera Guadalajara Chapala km 17.5
Municipio de Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco.
C.P.45659 Guadalajara Jalisco.
- Domestic | International
- 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
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
226 total articles
32 total articles
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.
Mexican airlines Aeromexico and Volaris are sticking to their proclaimed strategies of deploying most of their capacity into international markets as the Mexican economy slowly rebounds from a sluggish 2013. Through the first eight months of 2014 each airline increased their international capacity and traffic significantly, betting that yields are stronger in international markets.
The competitive overlap between Aeromexico and Volaris on each airline’s top US transborder markets is not overwhelming, and Volaris has previously stated that it is targeting routes with a higher percentage of visiting, friends and relatives (VFR) travellers.
Aeromexico’s and Volaris’ rival VivaAerobus is also making a new transborder push during 2014, upping competition with Aeromexico and Interjet on some of its international services. It is tough to determine if the push is creating oversupply; but the international growth indicates Mexico’s airlines are attempting to counter weaker yields on the country’s domestic routes.
Mexican low-cost airline VivaAerobus is making a US transborder push in 2H2014 after flirting with the market during the past few years with various routes that were ultimately culled.
Presently VivaAerobus operates a single transborder route, offering flights from its base in Monterrey to Houston Intercontinental. Its decision to re-launch some transborder flights and enter into new US markets is likely driven by its introduction of more fuel efficient Airbus A320s during 2014, and challenges faced by all Mexico’s domestic airlines in recovering pricing traction as a result of tenuous economic conditions in the country.
Armed with newer aircraft and a knowledge of transborder market dynamics, VivaAerobus has a reasonable chance of success on its new routes. But in some of the markets it faces familiar competitors that are also looking to improve their fortunes by exploiting opportunities for better margins from transborder service.
Mexico’s second largest airline Volaris joined rival and the country’s biggest airline Aeromexico in recording a 2Q2014 loss driven by lingering weakness in the Mexican economy which is dissolving pricing traction.
Despite the operating and net losses Volaris recorded in 2Q2014, the airline highlighted sequential improvement in it results from 1Q2014, and is cautiously optimistic that Mexico’s economy could be showing slight signs of improvement.
In early 2014 Volaris shaved its capacity growth estimates for the year, and is maintaining its current projections of 11% to 13% growth. During 3Q2014 the bulk of Volaris’ supply is targeted toward US transborder international markets, routes where it is more shielded from competition versus the domestic space.
A difficult market climate is persisting in Mexico’s aviation business, creating challenges for the country’s airlines in gaining pricing traction – a problem that plagued carriers throughout much of 2013 and continues in 2014.
Slow economic growth in Mexico was one factor contributing to a 1Q2014 loss by ultra low-cost carrier Volaris, which also continued to face pressure in some of its markets from capacity increases by its major competitor Aeromexico.
Similar to sentiments Volaris has expressed in the past, the carrier believes there is potential for improvements in Mexico’s economy. But the airline is also taking steps to mitigate Mexico’s economic weakness to improve its fortunes.