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La Aurora Airport

La Aurora International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora
part of the airport's frontal exterior
La Aurora Airport
Airport type Joint
Owner Ministerio de Comunicaciones, Infraestructura y Vivienda
Operator Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil
Serves Guatemala City
Location Guatemala City, Guatemala
Elevation AMSL 1,611 m / 5,286 ft
Coordinates 14°34′59″N 90°31′38″W / 14.58306°N 90.52722°W / 14.58306; -90.52722
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 3,000 9,800 Asphalt
Currently under renovations

La Aurora International Airport (IATA: GUA, ICAO: MGGT) serves Guatemala City, Guatemala. It is located 6 km south of Guatemala City's center and 25 km from Antigua. It is administered by the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil.

La Aurora International Airport is going through massive modernization and expansion works. The airport is now able to accept a greater number of flights and larger aircraft. It provides high standard installations to the traveller. The old terminal has been renovated in accordance with its original design. It has been partly demolished and was expanded with a new glass-designed concourse in the north, able to accommodate up to twenty-two aircraft. The greater part of the project was completed by December 2008. The airport currently has two terminals: Central and North.

La Aurora International Airport is the third busiest airport in Central America in terms of passenger traffic, surpassed only by Tocumen International Airport in Panamá and Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rica. In June 2007 the airport was certified as Category I by the FAA.[1]

Infrastructure and News

La Aurora is being renovated, along with other airports in Guatemala, such as Mundo Maya International Airport, Quetzaltenango Airport, Puerto Barrios Airport, and San José Airport.

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 3,000 meters in length. 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 Jose 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.

Cargo operations are handled beside the passenger terminal building by COMBEX-IM or in the DHL hangars.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Aero Caribbean Belize City, Havana North
Aero República Bogotá, Panama City, San Jose de Costa Rica Central
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami North
Continental Airlines Houston-Intercontinental, Newark North
Copa Airlines Managua, Panama City, San Jose de Costa Rica Central & North
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Los Angeles Central
Iberia Madrid, San Salvador Central
Maya Island Air Belize City, San Pedro Sula North
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale North
TACA Cancún, Chicago-O'Hare, Flores, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Orlando [seasonal], San José de Costa Rica, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa North
TAG Flores, Copán Remote

New airlines and new routes

  • Avianca plans to fly to Bogotá and Panama City in 2010. [2] [3]. The routes and itinerary are yet to be announced.

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
ABX Air Guadalajara, Huatulco, Miami, Ohio, San Jose de Costa Rica
Aero Ruta Maya Tikal, Copán, Palenque, Quirigua, Roatan
Amerijet International Miami
DHL / DHL Aero Expreso Miami, Panama City
DHL De Guatemala San José (CR), Mexico City, Miami, Panama City, San Salvador, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa
FedEx Express Memphis
Florida West International Airways Miami
LAN Cargo Miami
MasAir Mexico City
UPS Atlanta, Miami

Traffic Statistics

Busiest Routes out of La Aurora International Airport (2009)
Rank City Passengers Top Carriers
1 Miami, USA 233,840 American Airlines, Taca
2 Houston, USA 198,480 Continental Airlines
3 Panama City, Panama 183,060 Copa Airlines
4 Los Angeles, USA 175,600 Delta Airlines, Taca/Lacsa
5 Mexico City, Mexico 164,420 Mexicana, Lacsa
6 San Jose, Costa Rica 160,260 Aerorepublica, Copa Airlines, Taca, Lacsa
7 San Salvador, El Salvador 159,220 Taca, Lacsa
8 Madrid, Spain 108,180 Iberia
9 Atlanta, USA 102,800 Delta Airlines
10 Managua, Nicaragua 99,160 Copa Airlines, Taca
11 Flores, Peten 81,960 Aviateca, TAG
12 Dallas, USA 80,980 American Airlines
13 Chicago, USA 76,905 Taca
14 Flag of Mexico.svg Cancun, Mexico 61,756 Mexicana Link, Aviateca
15 Flag of Honduras.svg Tegucigalpa, Honduras 55,480 Aviateca, Isleña

Radio Frequencies

Facility MHz
Ground Control 121.90
Tower Control 118.10
Aurora Approach 119.30
Clearance Delivery 120.70
ATIS 126.50
Guatemala Radio 126.90

History of La Aurora

World War II

During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Force Sixth Air Force defending the Central American coastline against Axis powers submarines. The first American personnel began arriving in December 1941. 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:

  • 51st Fighter Squadron (Detachment) (32d Fighter Group), 2 January 1942-9 March 1943, (P-40 Warhawk)
  • 74th Bombardment Squadron (40th, 6th Bombardment Groups), 9 January 1942-7 April 1944 (B-18 Bolo, B-17 Flying Fortress)
  • 44th Bombardment Squadron (40th Bombardment Group) 6 July 1942-4 June 1943, (B-18 Bolo)

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 assassination 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.

Airport Gallery

La Aurora Airport

La Aurora Airport - Entrada al Aeropuerto por el Area de Parqueos
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La Aurora Airport

La Aurora Airport - Nueva Area de Mostradores
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La Aurora Airport

La Aurora Airport - Pasillos en el Area de Terminal Norte
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La Aurora Airport

La Aurora Airport - Puertas de Abordaje Terminal Norte
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La Aurora Airport

La Aurora Airport - Puentes de Abordaje Terminal Norte
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La Aurora Airport

La Aurora Airport - Vista aérea de la Terminal Norte
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Accidents and incidents

On 1 March 1980, a Douglas C-47 of the Fuerza Aérea Guatemalteca was damaged beyond repair near La Aurora.

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General Info
Country Guatemala
Time UTC-6
Latitude 14.583272
14° 34' 59.78" N
Longitude -90.527475
090° 31' 38.91" W
Elevation 4952 feet
1509 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 002° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Near City Guatemala City
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 118.1
GND 121.9
CLNC DEL 120.7
ATIS 126.5
CON 119.3

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
01/19 9800 x 196 feet
2987 x 60 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME AUR LA AURORA 092X 114.5 At Field -

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-123, 1065,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type III)

O-128, 1100,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type II)
AC:115/208v,380-800 cycles, 1 phase, 15 kva, 131 amp, 2 wire, DC: 28v, 1500 amp, 45kw

CAUTION Do not confuse parl street lgt 2000' E with rwy. Flw taxi line turning to Rwy 19to avoid jet blast damage to LCZR Ant at thld. Rwy 01-19 clsd every Mon 0900-0930Z for insp and maint. Twr 1.08NM dep end Rwy 19 elev 5170'. Obst SW dep endRwy 19 elev 5058'. Avoid ovft of mil areas on AD.
FUEL A1 (Texaco Guatemala Inc. C502-440-1132) (NC-100LL)

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