Overview of Airport
Albuquerque Airport (ABQ), the main international airport in New Mexico is located in Bernalillo County, between the Rio Grande River and the Sandia Mountains east of Old Town Albuquerque and Barelas.
The Albuquerque Aviation Department operates ABQ. It is located 3 miles (5km) southeast of Albuquerque and south of the University of New Mexico.
Covering over 2000 acres (825Ha) of New Mexico desert, ABQ airport is publicly owned and employs more than 3,000 people, including air traffic control & ground operations, baggage handling, terminal amenities and security personnel. The airport handled 5,000,000 passengers in 2019, prior to covid.
Airport Traveling Tips
- The busy hours of the airport include:
- Morning - 7:00 am to 8:00 am
- Night - 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
- Domestic Flight:
Passengers are advised to arrive 2 hours before a flight.
- Before heading to the airport for a flight, please take a look at the Sunport Airport Map.
- For Arriving Flights: Arriving flight status provides Albuquerque Airport arrival times, time-to-land, delays, and gate info.
- For Departing Flights: Departing flight status shows scheduled vs actual departure times, map tracking, gate information, and flight delays.
- Book a flight at ABQ Airport, to get the best fares.
There is one terminal at the Albuquerque Airport, with 25 gates, and 4 concourses, including a concourse for commuter airlines. To see the terminal location and for additional information, please refer to the Airport Map.
This Concourse has 13 Gates: A1-A12, & A14.
This Concourse has 9 Gates: B1 & B3-B10.
This Concourse was originally known as the west wing, and is now the International Arrivals gate. Currently, there is 1 gate used, C1.
This Concourse has 2 Gates: E1 & E2.
Albuquerque Airport serves various airlines including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Boutique Air, Delta Air Lines, United Express, Delta Connection, and more. View the full list of airlines served at ABQ Airport.
Short-Term and Long-Term Parking:
Parking is available at the terminal. The various parking options at Albuquerque Airport include hourly, daily, long-term, plus more.
Many parking lots offer economical off-site parking near the airport. Most of the off-site parking lots allow 24/7 access.
After arriving at an airport, passengers can select from a variety of ground transport options. There are many options available, including car rental, bus, shuttle, and airport shuttle. Many passengers also choose ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber. Passengers can choose from many ground transportation options after arriving at the airport. You have many choices, such as car rental, bus or shuttle service, airport shuttle and shuttle. Many people also use ride-sharing services like Lyft or Uber.
Car Rentals can be easily found at the airport. There are many car rental agencies onsite at the airport, some of the well-known providers including:
- National, and more.
They offer the passengers a large variety of vehicles to choose from.
Another great way to travel from ABQ Airport is through Airport Shuttles. You can easily get a ride to almost any nearby location with the availability of various shuttle services.
Buses & Trains
Public Transportation is available from the airport to the major nearby locations.
- On the west side of the baggage claim area, ABQ RIDE offers bus service.
Amenities & Services
To help you have a great stay, Albuquerque Airport provides visitors with different amenities and services including:
- Stores, gift shops, and local souvenir shops.
- Restaurants, cafes, and bars.
- Shoeshine stations, and massage bars.
- Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the airport.
- Multiple art installations and exhibits on display.
Passenger Pickup and Drop-off
- ABQ Airport offers a free cell phone waiting area that can be used by the general public.
- Meeters and greeters can wait in this lot until the arrival passenger calls and the drive to the front of the terminal for a pickup.
Address: 2200 Sunport Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA
Phone: (505) 244 7700
Have you lost an item at the airport? Lost & Found.
Albuquerque Sunport Airport: A Brief History Timeline
ABQ was initially served by two private aircraft - Oxnard Field Airport and West Mesa Airport.
Albuquerque Municipal Airport opened in 1939.
The airport was renamed Albuquerque Sunport on April 17, 1963.
The present terminal was inaugurated in 1965.
1971 saw the international recognition of the airport and it was renamed Albuquerque International Airport.
The terminal was renovated and expanded in 1987-1989. Advertising design by Phillip Jacobson, BPLW Associates.
The name of the company was changed to Albuquerque International Sunport in 1994.
Between 1980 and 2007, at least 34 regional and commuter airlines served ABQ Airport. The largest was Mesa Airlines.
The headquarters of 10 tanker Air Carrier, an aerial firefighting company in the sky, was moved to Albuquerque in 2013.
If I am flying on Alaska Air, is there a first class lounge/club that I can use?
Asked by Shariann Lewitt - Sat, 23 April
There are no lounges that you would be able to access at this airport.
Is there an airport lounge at ABQ?
Asked by Brian Good - Tue, 19 April
There are no lounges at this airport.
Can I move about from Concourse A to Concourse B?
Asked by J D - Mon, 4 April
Yes, the A and B Concourses are right next to each other, after security. You can easily move between them.
Is there a Starbucks at the airport?
Asked by Rita Silva - Thu, 17 March
There is not a Starbucks at this airport.
Arriving on American, where is closest pet relief area to carousel 4?
Asked by Jodi Taylor - Wed, 16 March
This airport has one indoor service animal relief area, located at gate A7. It also has two outdoor relief areas located outside of the baggage claim level on both the east and west ends of the building
Does the airport have any private lounges?
Asked by Lori - Mon, 14 March
There do not currently seem to be any lounges available at this airport.
I may have lost my credit card at one of the parking pay stations. How might I contact someone who would help me with lost and found.
Asked by Cynthia M Stuart - Wed, 9 March
Please contact lost & found at (505) 244-7706 (24-hour line).
Are there any computers you can use at Albuquerque Sunport Airport? With scanning and printing available?
Asked by L. Raphael - Tue, 8 March
No - outside of any lounge, there are no scanning or printing services available at this airport.
How can I get from Albuquerque greyhound bus station to the rental car area at ABQ? How far is it?
Asked by Paige - Fri, 25 February
It would take you either around 10 minutes driving (via Rideshare) or about an hour via public pus to get you from the Greyhound bus station to the rental car ara.
Can i walk into the airport when i am dropping off family?
Asked by George Romero - Sun, 30 January
Non-flying passengers are permitted to enter the airport, up to the security checkpoints. In certain situations, a passenger may be accompanied by a non-flying person if he/she has a gate pass. For more info, see: https://www.ifly.com/airport-info-and-tips/gate-pass
Can I drop off my prepaid baggage night before 0700 am United Airlines flight?
Asked by Brian Hanley - Thu, 27 January
Baggage drop-off (check-in) is available 2 hours prior to your departure. Proceed to the United ticketing counter directly.
What time does the southwest curbside check in open?
Asked by leslie - Sun, 23 January
Curbside check-in is typically available at the departures area 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure time of a flight. Southwest typically uses Concourse A.
How do I pick up passengers from Alaska airlines?
Asked by Gary Greenfield - Tue, 18 January
Alaska Airlines uses the airport's B gates. To pickup an arriving passenger, proceed to the arrivals area of B terminal.
Which rental company stays open the latest for a flight that arrives at 1000 PM?
Asked by Elaine Gutzke - Fri, 14 January
The car rental center is open from 6 am until 12 am. Car rental shuttles however run 24-7.
Individual rental car companies operate at different hours.
Are there any first class lounges?
Asked by Emily - Mon, 10 January
Sorry. No first or business class lounges are available.
Where are the baggage carousels?
Asked by Dean COULTER - Thu, 6 January
Baggage claim (carousels) are located at the main terminal, lower level.
Do I need a covid -19 test to fly out of the Albuquerque Sunport?
Asked by Melissa Martinez - Sat, 1 January
No COVID test is required for domestic travel. If you are flying internationally, please check the rules for the country that you are flying to.
I have a 5am flight Thursday and need to check a bag and go thru the TSA security. Are things open at 3am and in this enough time?
Asked by JEFFREY D SCHULTZ - Fri, 17 December
The Airport is open 24 hours. The TSA general hours of operation are 4:00am - 11:30pm. However, they are subject to change at the TSA's discretion. Keep in mind that the airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to the flight schedule. We would recommend checking these hours with your airline.
Hello - Who can I contact regarding an item left on the shuttle bus from the airport to the rental car center?Thank you,Vince
Asked by Vince Price - Mon, 22 November
Items lost within the airport's terminals and shuttles are turned into the Sunport lost & found. Their number is (505) 244-7706.
How can I contact the business center?
Asked by Elizabeth Camacho - Fri, 19 November
Currently there is no designated business center at this airport.
Where do I drop off my Avis rental and catch my United Airlines flight
Asked by Paul - Mon, 25 October
The Sunport car rental center is located at 3400 University SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. Phone is (505) 315-7770
How to log into airport internet
Asked by Janet C Greenwood - Mon, 25 October
Wifi is available throughout the airport, but first you must connect to the airport network using their SSID "sunport"
Are there any chairs, benches, etc. near the Southwest baggage claim area?
Asked by Vicki Jackson Amundsen - Wed, 20 October
I am fully vaccinated. Do I need any type of covid test to be able to fly into the airport and to leave the airport?
Asked by Jenny - Tue, 12 October
Does this airport have curbside check-in?
Asked by Scott - Fri, 8 October
Is there temporary parking where a driver can wait for passengers to arrive?
Asked by Paul weber - Wed, 6 October
Yes, there is a free Cell Phone Lot where you can wait for your passenger(s). You can wait in this lot and drive over to the terminal when your passenger(s) arrive. You must stay in your car in this lot.
My flight on American from DFW was cancelled yesterday but the bags went through. Where is baggage service office to claim my bag when I arrive in person?
Asked by Janice Butler - Fri, 1 October
What time do the restaurants close there?
Asked by Joan - Tue, 21 September