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Mexico City Airport
Officially called Benito Juarez International Airport after the 19th-century president of Mexico, Mexico City International Airport is the busiest airport in Mexico, serving more than 26 million passengers each year.
The airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 is old, dim and confusing to navigate, while the enormous Terminal 2 houses hotels, conference and business facilities, and many shops and restaurants.
Despite its prominent status in Mexican air travel, Mexico City International Airport is failing to cope with the high volume of traffic it handles each year and is beset with long queues and frequent delays. The facility is in the midst of renovations that will increase its capacity to 32 million passengers per year. Passengers flying into Mexico City International Airport should allow plenty of time for making connections and finding their way around the airport, which takes longer than expected amid the chaos.
Flights to Mexico City International Airport come in from all over the world, including international destinations like Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Santiago de Chile, Paris, Los Angeles, Lima, Madrid, Chicago, Caracas, London, Amsterdam and Toronto.
The airport is situated six miles (10km) east of Mexico City.
Getting to the city
There is a Mexico City Metro subway system linking the airport to downtown Mexico City. Taxis are regulated and passengers can pay in advance at the taxi counter in Arrivals. There are also suburban bus services including Autobuses del Oriente (ADO), Autobuses Estrella Roja and Autobuses Pullman de Morelos. Some hotels offer a pick-up service, however it is worth checking their charge as it is generally cheaper to take a taxi. Car rentals are available.
Local time is GMT ï¿½6 (GMT ï¿½5 between the first Sunday in April and the second last Saturday in October).
Tel: +52 (0)2482 2424.
Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz and National (driving in Mexico City is not recommended for first-time visitors).
Taxis are regulated and passengers can pay in advance at the taxi counter in Arrivals. Authorized taxis are white and mustard yellow with an aeroplane logo. It takes about 45 minutes to the city centre and costs around US$20.
Transfer between terminals
Passengers in possession of an electronic reservation password, ticket and/or boarding pass are transported free of charge on the Air Train between terminals one and two. The general public have to take the public transportation bus between the terminals at a nominal charge. Both services are available 24 hours a day.
Facilities at the airport include ATMs, banks, bureau de change, business facilities, a post office, restaurants, shops, hotel reservations and tourist information. There are facilities for disabled travellers but those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.
The airport has four well-maintained and organised parking lots with a capacity for almost 5,000 vehicles. Parking at Mexico City International Airport is charged at MXN 44 per hour up to a limit of MXN 288 per day.
US$18 to US$38.
Flights to Mexico City International Airport are available via Aeroméxico, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Delta Airlines, Iberia, Aeromar, Air Canada, Copa Airlines, Interjet, KLM, Lufthansa, United Airlines, British Airways, Continental Airlines, US Airways, VivaAerobus and Volaris.
Wifi is available in the international terminal areas for MXN 0.50 per minute.
The International Business Club has an auditorium, meeting rooms, internet-ready workstations and catering services. More facilities are available in the Hilton Mexico City Airport Hotel, including fax, printing and copying services, as well as secretarial support.
Mexico City Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.