La Aurora International Airport
The airport serving Guatemala City and the main gateway from international destinations is La Aurora International Airport (GUA). It is a large airport with an estimated two million annual passengers. Airlines serving La Aurora from the US are American Airlines, United, Delta, and TACA Airlines. Direct flights connect via Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, and Washington DC. There are further flights to neighboring countries, including Mexico and Madrid three times a week on Iberia. International passengers are required to pay a small departure tax upon arrival. From La Aurora, domestic flights to Flores rub twice a day.
Guatemala’s airport was recently revamped and is now a modern glass-and-steel structure. It has many retail stores offering a variety of goods and souvenirs. You will find a few places to eat, although dining options are limited. The usual amenities such as an information desk, car rental, foreign exchange, bank and post office are also available.
Transportation options include the city bus (number 32) or taxi. Journeys take about an hour, but it is a good idea to give yourself two just in case, as traffic is unpredictable. Hotels may offer a shuttle service, so check with your accommodations beforehand.
Mundo Maya International Airport (FRS)
Located in the northern town of Flores, Mundo Maya is Guatemala’s second passenger airport. Twice daily flights connect it to Guatemala City, and it is possible to fly from neighboring countries such as Belize. Flights between the capital and Flores are known to be regularly delayed, which is worth considering when making onward travel plans.
The airport is located just two miles from the city, a short trip by taxi. There are also shuttle buses that leave from downtown. Shuttles from the airport can be taken directly to the Tikal Mayan archaeological site, if you intend to bypass Flores.