La Aurora International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora
|Owner||Ministerio de Comunicaciones, Infraestructura y Vivienda|
|Operator||Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil|
|Serves||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Elevation AMSL||1,509 m / 4,951 ft|
La Aurora International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora, IATA: GUA, ICAO: MGGT) serves Guatemala City, Guatemala. It is located 6.4 km (4.0 mi) south of Guatemala City's center and 25 km (16 mi) from Antigua Guatemala. It is administered by the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil.
La Aurora International Airport is the primary airport of Guatemala. The airport went through a massive modernization and expansion. The airport is now able to accept a greater number of flights and larger aircraft. It provides high standard installations to the traveler. The old terminal has been renovated in accordance with its original design. It was partly demolished and was expanded with a new glass-designed concourse and is now able to accommodate up to twenty-two aircraft. The greater project was completed by December 2008. The airport currently has two terminals: Central and North.
La Aurora International Airport is the fourth busiest airport in Central America in terms of passenger traffic, surpassed by Tocumen International Airport in Panamá, Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rica, and Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in El Salvador. In June 2007 the airport was certified as Category I but lost it in August 2018.
In July 2007, seven new gates were opened. These gates are equipped with jetway bridges and modern conveniences, also a new parking garage was also built and it can handle up to 500 vehicles.
There are brand new ticket counters. 2007 brought significant gate expansion (11 new gates were available starting December 2007). The airport now has two concourses. The northern concourse has 12 traditional gates and 3 remote gates. The central concourse, is used for larger aircraft as it provides 4-6 gates depending on the size of the aircraft.
The airport's runway currently measures 2,987 m × 60 m (9,800 ft × 197 ft). There have been efforts in the past to expand the runway but this has not yet been possible since there's a commercial area to the north of the runway and a small ravine near the southern side of the runway. Still, the renovation of the runway is in progress. The first phase consists in repaving the runway as well modernizing the illumination system. Future plans to expand the taxiway repave and move all the cargo facilities to San José Airport in Escuintla and Puerto Barrios Airport in Izabal. This will make room for more passenger terminal area and improved taxiways. Finally, the airport administration building is being refurbished and a regional terminal is being built.
During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces Sixth Air Force defending the Central American coastline against Axis powers submarines. The first American personnel began arriving in December 1941; the airfield was improved and expanded by the United States' 805th Engineer Aviation Battalion in early 1942. During its period of American use, the military facilities of the airport were known as Guatemala City Air Base. Flying units assigned to the airport were:
Detachments from the airfield operated intermittently from San Jose Airport, San José, Costa Rica, and Puerto San José, Guatemala from 1942 though 1944. After the war ended, a small number of Americans remained at the airport performing training duties with the Guatemalan Air Force and also operating a weather station (MATS 6th Weather Squadron). United States personnel were restricted to base during the Guatemalan revolution following the death of Colonel Francisco Xavier Arana on 18 July 1949. Some artillery shells landed on the base during the violence. The facility was closed on 28 July 1949 and turned over to Guatemalan authorities.
|American Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami|
|ARM Aviación|| Flores, Huehuetenango |
Charter: Copán, Palenque, Roatan
|Avianca||Bogotá, Los Angeles, Miami (resumes December 1, 2021), New York-JFK (resumes December 2, 2021), San José (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, Washington-Dulles (begins December 1, 2021)|
|Copa Airlines||Managua, Panama City, San José (CR)|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta, Los Angeles|
|Spirit Airlines||Fort Lauderdale, Houston-Intercontinental, Miami (begins October 6, 2021), Orlando|
|Transportes Aereos Guatemaltecos||Belize City, Cancún, Flores, Puerto Barrios, Roatán, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Tapachula, Tegucigalpa|
|United Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare (begins December 18, 2021), Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, Washington-Dulles|
|Volaris Costa Rica||Los Angeles, Mexico City, San José (CR), San Salvador|
|21 Air||San José (CR)|
|AeroUnion||Miami Los Angeles|
|DHL Aviation||Guadalajara, Huatulco, Mexico City, Miami, Panama City, San José (CR), San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa|
|KLM Cargo||Amsterdam, Bogotá|
|LATAM Cargo Chile||Miami|
|LATAM Cargo Colombia||Miami|
|Mas Air||Mexico City|
|UPS Airlines||Atlanta, Miami|