Flight Operations To Mexico City – Mexican Grand Prix


Flight Operations to Mexico City – Mexican Grand Prix

Michael Prather | - 10/20/2016

Are you planning a business operation to Mexico City? Are you aware that MMMX is not open to non-scheduled flights?

The Mexican Grand Prix takes place at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, a 4.304 km track located in Mexico City, from October 28-30. Practice gets underway on Friday, October 28, qualifying on Saturday, October 29, with the main event taking place on Sunday, October 30. Here’s what you need to know before planning an operation to Mexico City.

Toluca International Airport

(Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos International Airport)
  • Latitude / longitude: N19-20.2/W099-33.0
  • Elevation: 8466 ft.
  • Magnetic variation: 07E
  • Time zone: GMT/UTC – 6 hours
  • Fuel types: Jet, AVGAS

Operational information

  • Overflight and landing permits are necessary for both private and non-scheduled flights
  • Normally there aren’t any parking restrictions, however, slots could get tight during peak times during this major event

Important notes:

  • Mexico City/Lic Benito Juarez International (MEX/MMMX) is not open to any non-scheduled flights (unless it is a diplomatic flight)
  • All non-scheduled flights must go to Toluca/MMTO
  • Toluca International Airport is a 65km drive from the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City


  • Some countries require MEX VISA, however, E.U. and U.S.A. citizens do not require MEX VISA
  • Passports of passengers and crew members cannot be less than six months from expiration date
  • Check with your embassy to see what your country requirements are



  • 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 200 mg of pipe tobacco for those over 18 years of age
  • 3 liters of alcoholic beverages for those over 18 years of age
  • Perfume, eau-de-cologne, and lotions for personal use only
  • A camera and 12 rolls of film
  • Goods worth up to USD 300


  • Uncanned foodstuff
  • Canned pork and derivatives
  • Earth, plants, flowers, fruit, seeds, and materials of vegetable origin


  • Tobacco and alcohol
  • The export of archaeological relics is prohibited


  • Crew is entitled to bring along only clothes, personal hygiene items, and items necessary for work
  • All international luggage is screened inbound and outbound
  • When the passenger takes his/her baggage to customs and it’s screened, a red light indicates they must open their baggage for clearance and a green light means they’re clear to go


  • DNR, DSM, and TUA are included on the handling bill


  • Mexican Peso (MXP)


Hotels near the airport

  • Fiesta Inn Toluca Aeropuerto
  • Quinta Del Rey Express
  • One Toluca Aeropuerto
  • Hotel Concorde
  • Courtyard Toluca Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express and Suites Toluca Zona Aeropuerto
  • Crowne Plaza Toluca-Lancaster

Hotels near the event

  • Hotel Grand Prix
  • Holiday Inn Express Mexico Aeropuerto
  • Grand Hotel Ciudad de Mexico
  • Hyatt Regency Mexico City
  • Best Western Hotel Majestic
  • Four Seasons Hotel Mexico

Ground Transport

  • Most major rental car companies are available at the airport
  • Limousine services are available at the airport
  • Taxis are readily available at the airport