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La Aurora International Airport

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.

La Aurora International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora
La Aurora International Airport
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Ministerio de Comunicaciones, Infraestructura y Vivienda
Operator Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil
Serves Guatemala City, Guatemala
Hub for
  • Avianca Guatemala
  • Transportes Aereos Guatemaltecos
Elevation AMSL 1,509 m / 4,951 ft
Coordinates 14°34′54″N
MGGT is located in Guatemala Department

Location in Guatemala
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,987 9,800 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers 3,034,546


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 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.

La Aurora International Airport has 2 Exclusive VIP Lounges. Los Añejos Business Lounge, and Copa Club, a VIP Lounge for passengers travelling on Copa Airlines and United Airlines

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

The head office of the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil is located in the airport Zone 13.

History of La Aurora

World War II

Original airport building, circa. 1940.

Original airport building, circa. 1940.

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:

  • 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 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.

Airlines and destinations


Check-in counters at the airport.

Check-in counters at the airport.

Main corridor at the airport.

Main corridor at the airport.

Waiting room at the airport.

Waiting room at the airport.

Airlines Destinations
Aeroméxico Mexico City (resumes June 15, 2020)
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami
Seasonal: Chicago-O’Hare
ARM Aviación Flores, Huehuetenango
Charter: Copán, Palenque, Roatan
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Costa Rica San José (CR)
Avianca El Salvador Los Angeles, Miami, San Salvador (resumes June 1 ,2020)
Avianca Guatemala Flores, Managua, San José (CR)
Avianca Honduras San Pedro Sula
Copa Airlines Managua, Panama City, San José (CR)
Copa Airlines Colombia Panama City(resumes June1 ,2020)
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Los Angeles
Frontier Airlines Miami, Ontario
Iberia Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (Suspended)
Interjet Mexico City (suspended)
JetBlue New York–JFK (begins June 1, 2020)
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental, Orlando
Transportes Aereos Guatemaltecos Belize City, Cancún, Flores, Puerto Barrios, Roatán, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
Tropic Air Belize City
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental, Newark
Seasonal: Washington–Dulles
Volaris Cancún
Volaris Costa Rica Los Angeles, Mexico City, San José (CR), San Salvador


Airlines Destinations
Air Cargo Global Miami
21 Air San José (CR)
Atlas Air Miami
AeroUnion Miami Los Angeles
Aerosucre Bogota
Avianca Cargo Bogota
Cargolux Luxembourg
DHL Aviation Guadalajara, Huatulco, Mexico City, Miami, Panama City, San José (CR), San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
FedEx Express Memphis
KLM Cargo Amsterdam, Bogotá
LATAM Cargo Chile Miami
LATAM Cargo Colombia Miami
Martinair Miami
Mas Air Mexico City
UPS Airlines Atlanta, Miami


In 2016, the airport handled 2,759,347 passengers.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 1 March 1980, a Douglas C-47 of the Fuerza Aérea Guatemalteca was damaged beyond repair near La Aurora.
  • On 6 April 1993, TACA Airlines Flight 510, a Boeing 767, ran off the end of Runway 19 (now Runway 20) after landing. A passenger on board filmed the landing, which showed the plane coming in too steep, too fast and on a runway with standing water from a tropical storm which had just passed over. A great amount of runway had passed under the plane before touchdown and the pilot forced the landing. In spite of thrust reversers used, the plane could not slow down in time, began to shudder from excessive wheel-braking, overshot the runway and crashed into some structures. Surprisingly, there were no fatalities and the only injured people were 3 non-passengers. The aircraft was written off.
  • On 28 April 1995, Faucett Flight 705, a Douglas DC-8 leased by Millon Air, overshot the runway and crashed into several houses. All three crew members onboard survived, but 6 people on the ground were killed.
  • On 21 December 1999, Cubana de Aviación Flight 1216, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 (leased to Cubana by AOM French Airlines) overshot runway 19 during landing and crashed into a residential area. 16 of the 314 people on board were killed, along with two people on the ground.
  • On 4 June 2018, the airport had to close due to the 2018 Volcán de Fuego eruption.


La Aurora International Airport

La Aurora International Airport

La Aurora International Airport

La Aurora International Airport

La Aurora International Airport

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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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