Mexico: OMA begins expansion and remodeling work at Culiacan International Airport

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA), a company that operates and manages thirteen airports in Mexico, announced the start of expansion and conversion work at Culiacán International Airport (CUL), which serves the north-western capital of Sinaloa.

According to the management company, the works will double the terminal’s capacity to 4.2 million passengers per year. They require a total investment of 635 million Mexican pesos. As reported, the airport will continue to operate normally throughout the process.

The expansion is to take place in two phases. The first phase is said to be the most important expansion phase. The project envisages growing the currently available 12,128 m² in the factory space to 25,265 m². The new space will house a check-in area with 28 traditional counters and an additional 21 self-service counters.

On the other hand, 782 additional seats and a central passenger service area will be installed in the waiting areas. After the completion of the first phase, the airport will have four new gates. The capacity of the security checkpoint will also be increased. Finally, domestic baggage claim will be relocated and will receive three additional circulation belts.

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In the second phase of the project, the operational area will be expanded to fourteen aircraft parking spaces. A new boarding lounge with four boarding gates will also be built. Two additional carousel belts will be added in the baggage claim area.

“We see significant economic expansion in Culiacán and that is why we are committed to doubling the capacity of the current airport while modernizing it with the highest standards of quality and efficiency,” said Ricardo Dueñas, CEO of Oma.

Current airlines and destinations in Culiacan

Culiacán Federal International Airport is served by five Mexican airlines: Volaris, Aeroméxico, Viva Aerobus, TAR Aerolíneas and Calafia Airlines. The only foreign operator is American Airlines, which offers the airport’s only international service to Phoenix-Sky Harbor (PHX).

In Mexico, the airport offers direct scheduled flights to and from Mexico City (MEX), Cancún (CUN), Guadalajara (GDL), Monterrey (MTY), San José del Cabo (SJD), La Paz (LAP), Chihuahua (CUU) . ), Hermosillo (HMO), Tijuana (TIJ) and Mexicali (MXL).

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