Airlines Serving Lake Chapala Ajijic Mexico

August 15, 2008

The Lake Chapala Ajijic area of Mexico is served by the Guadalajara International airport. Airport symbol is (GDL)

 The airport is about 20 minutes from Chapala and under half an hour from Ajijic. It lies about midway between Guadalajara and Lake Chapala approx 30 kilometers from Chapala. 

 A taxi ride from the airport to our area runs between $25 and $30 depending upon just where you’re going and the exchange rate.

Best to buy a ticket at the taxi booth by the exit doors near the international arrivals gate.

Also best to have directions in Spanish to just where you want to go in the Lake Chapala area. Your B and B can give you these directions.

Since many of the cabbies have cell phones you should also have the number of your hotel so he can call for directions if needed.

I’ve found that it pays to shop on line for air fares and often I find better fares by checking the routes that allow the airline to fly into or out of their hub.  The hub for American Airlines for example is Dallas.

They have several flights a day to GDL from DFW (Dallas-FtWorth)

OK, here’s a list of the airlines that service GDL.  I wish you Blue Skies.


Aero California
Tel: 800-237-6225
General Comment: La Paz based airline with extensive route system throughout Mexico. Gateways in US include Los Angeles and Tucson. In addition to non-stop service from Los Angeles to Loreto, Manzanillo, La Paz, and Los Cabos other destinations in Mexico with direct service from the US include Hermosillo, Tepic, Durango and Torreón.

Tel: 800-237-6639
General Comment: Aeromexico’s US-Mexico service originates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Ontario CA, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego and Tucson.

Cities in Mexico with direct Aeromexico service include Loreto, Hermosillo, Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Cancun, Leon (Bajio Airport) and others. 

America West
Tel: 800-235-9292
General Comment: Using its Phoenix and Las Vegas hub systems, America West serves Mexico City and the resort cities of Acapulco, Cancun, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. Through its America West Express affiliate, flight service is provided to Guadalajara, Guaymas and Hermosillo and Monterrey.

In June 2004, daily non-stop service between Los Angeles and Puerto Vallarta was initiated through the America West Express affiliate.

Destination Comment: Two daily non-stop flights from Dallas/Fort Worth (terminal 2E). One daily non-stop from Los Angeles, arriving early afternoon, returning afternoon; more on weekends.
Tel: 800-433-7300
General Comment: American Airlines was one of the first US airlines to transport passengers and cargo to Mexico. American US-Mexico routes use the Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami gateways and serve Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Cancun, Acapulco and Leon. Through its regional affiliate, American Eagle, American also serves Aguascalientes. Seasonal service includes departures from Chicago, St. Louis, Boston and New York gateways and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Cozumel destinations.
ATA Airlines
Tel: 800-435-9282
General Comment: Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, ATA operates non-stop scheduled and charter service to Mexico from US gateways that include San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago’s Midway airport. Mexico destinations include Cancun, Cozumel, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.

Scheduled service between Chicago/Midway and Guadalajara was increased in early June 2004 from daily flights to 13 flights per week. Convenient inbound and outbound ATA connecting flights are in place from Boston, Charlotte, Dayton, Ohio, Grand Rapids and Flint, Michigan; Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Minneapolis, Moline, Illinois, Newark, New York’s La Guardia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington, DC.

Tel: 800-735-5396
General Comment: Mexico City based airline with convenient schedules to popular cities throughout Mexico. Present U.S. gateways include Houston, Las Vegas, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.

Continental   Tel: 800-231-0856
General Comment: Continental’s routes into Mexico originate in its Houston, TX and Newark, NJ hubs. In May 2004, daily service to Mexico City was added from San Antonio and McAllen, Texas.

Continental offers service to 28 cities in Mexico – more than any other US airline. Cities added since December 2003 include Manzanillo, Puebla, Oaxaca, Ciudad del Carmen, Monclova and Toluca.

Subject to Government approval, service from Houston to Durango will commence on July 1, 2004.

Tel: 800-221-1212
General Comment: Delta’s Mexico experience began with its purchase of Western Airlines in the early 80′s. Delta currently serves Mexico City, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara and Cancun. US gateways include Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta.
Tel: 800-531-7921
General Comment: Mexicana’s gateways in the US include Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, San Antonio, New York (JFK), Miami, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Portland and Denver. Canadian gateways include Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Latin American gateways include Bogota, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Guatemala, San Jose Costa Rica, Panama City Guayaquil and Havana. Some routes are operated under code-share agreements with other airlines.

Destinations in Mexico with direct service from the US include Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Morelia, Leon, Zacatecas, Cancun, Mazatlan and Los Cabos. Mexicana was the first international carrier to serve Los Angeles when flights were inaugurated in the 1930′s.

Mexicana holds one of the best safety and on-time performance records among international carriers and has received prestigious travel industry awards for its customer service.


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