Tulum’s highly-anticipated international airport is now slated to open its runways earlier than originally planned.
The new Tulum International Airport, also known as Felipe Carrillo Puerto, is currently under construction and is set to become a popular option for travelers visiting the Mexican Caribbean. The airport will not only ease the burden on the overcrowded Cancun International Airport, which manages over 500 operations a day on average, but will also make traveling to the Riviera Maya outside of Cancun more accessible.
Originally scheduled to open in 2024, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador recently announced that the airport will be completed ahead of schedule. The Tulum Airport is expected to begin operations by December 2023, at the same time the Maya Train project, also under construction, is set to be completed.
The project is expected to span nearly 3,000 acres and will be a combined civil/military airport, including multiple buildings, such as boarding lounges, a passenger terminal, roads, parking lots and structures and a control tower. The airport is situated in the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, approximately one hour’s drive from Tulum.
Upon completion, Tulum’s airport is expected to serve up to 4 million passengers annually, making it the Yucatán Peninsula’s second-largest airport, only behind Cancun. Additionally, the Maya Train will stop at the new Tulum Airport, connecting these two massive projects to make traveling much more convenient and comfortable, while opening up access to many more incredible destinations across Mexico.
Although there is no official list of airlines that will operate at the new Tulum Airport yet, reports suggest that ViVaAerobus will be the first to operate, with Allegiant Air also planning to connect Tulum to various cities in the United States.
Visitors flying into Cancun International Airport can already quickly visit nearby destinations, such as Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen or Cozumel. However, the new Tulum Airport will make it even easier to access such popular cities as Valladolid, Holbox, Bacalar and Merida.
The Tulum International Airport is set to become a significant landmark in the region, enhancing the experience for tourists visiting Mexico’s popular destinations.
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