Medellin Airport Guide to Medellin Jose Maria Cordova International Airport - MDE

Medellin Airport Terminal

In the period of 1930 to 1932, Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport was built in order to connect the city of Medellin with other Colombian cities. Soon it became outdated due to the rise of flights in the province of Antioquia and to the small facilities which weren’t able to handle a large number of passengers nor aircrafts.

To solve this, in 1985 Medellin Jose Maria Cordova Airport opened, which nowadays hosts both international and domestic flights, while Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport only serves domestic flights within the country.

Medellin Airport has been constantly upgraded and expanded. Today, it has a single passenger terminal serving both international and domestic flights. 

Present & Future

The next expansion of the Airport comprises the enlargement of both domestic and international areas and also the Central Hall and the satellite connection.


Medellin Airport terminal is a 3 level round shaped building which counts with 14 boarding gates and 11 high technology boarding bridges. It has a separate area for both international and domestic flights from east to west. See below the detailed information regarding levels:

- First floor: The Arrivals Hall. Find here both international (at the east part) and domestic (at the west part) arrivals. In this level you can also find airlines and airport offices, as well as the parking lot facing the airport terminal. Services and amenities offered: Baggage claim, ATMs, car rental booths, commercial area, toilets, a garden, police station and ground transportation terminals. 

- Second floor: The Departures Hall. At the east part there are the international departures and at the west part the domestic departures, including the check-in area located at the centre of this level and 14 boarding gates around the external part of the level. Find adapted access for physically challenged passenger such as escalators and ramps. Waiting rooms are also available in both sides, including the National VIP lounge at the western part of the airport. Services and amenities offered: connections with flights, gardens, commercial area, toilets, ATMs, offices, police station and airport lounges. 

- Third floor: The food court. There are a couple of areas where you’ll find restaurants and other food amenities. There aren’t escalators nor disabled access. Services offered: Toilets and restaurants. 


The following airlines offers service to Medellin Airport:

- Aeromexico
- Air Panama
- American Airlines
- Avianca
- Avior Airlines
- Copa Airlines 
- Easy Fly
- Iberia
- Insel Air
- JetBlue Airways
- Spirit Airlines
- Viva Colombia
- Wingo


Find the available services presented above in the main terminal of Medellin Airport:

- Currency Exchange
- Lost baggage
- Luggage wrapping
- Toilets
- VIP public telephones
- Smoking allowed areas
- ATMs
- Parenting rooms
- Wheel-chair renting service
- Duty-free shops
- Information booth
- Free Wi-Fi connection
- Baggage carts
- First Aid Station
- Pharmacy
- Car rental companies
- Police Station
- Baggage claim
- Restaurants
- Offices


Medellin city is well-known for its flowers and gardens. The Airport isn’t an exception. You’ll find across the three levels gardens and flower parterres, where you’ll be able to relax and disconnect.