Strong demand from international travelers is leading to an improved experience next year at Cancun International Airport.
The publicly traded owner of the airport, Aeropuertos del Sureste (ASUR), announced recently that it will be investing $1.4 billion dollars to renovate and upgrade passenger services at the second busiest airport in Mexico.
Terminal 4 Expansion
Terminal 4 at Cancun International Airport is both an international and domestic terminal designed to serve up to nine million passengers per year from a total of 14 gates.
It is the newest terminal at Cancun International Airport, debuting in 2017, and provides service to Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and Sun Country Airlines from the United States. It also receives passengers from several European countries as well.
In 2024, this key terminal for arrivals from the United States will be expanded to accommodate more flights and passengers.
There have also been talks about an on-site hotel and additional lounge service at the terminal. However, more details on the progress of these projects have not yet been announced.
Currently, two MERA Business Lounges and The Lounge in Partnership with Air Transat are the only lounges serving Terminal 4.
Terminal 3 actually serves many of the full-service international airlines from the United States while Terminal 4 serves the low-cost carriers from the country.
Terminal 1 Renovation
Aeropuertos del Sureste also announced plans to renovate the seven gates in Terminal 1.
Terminal 1 is almost exclusively used for private and charter flights. This is the main terminal in the region used by many higher-end luxury travelers to Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. It is also used by a small regional airline out of Belize.
Maya Train Station
The other major investment Aeropuertos del Sureste will be making at Cancun International Airport in 2024 will be the brand-new train station for the Maya Train, which debuted service in the region from Cancun to Campeche earlier in the month.
The train station will not only be used for tourists departing west to Campeche and eventually south towards Playa del Carmen and Tulum, but it will also be a convenient way for travelers to get to the airport for flights back to the United States.
Tracks are being built right now connecting the tourist zone of Cancun to the Cancun International Airport for the anticipated connection to the forthcoming new airport train terminal.
What Travelers Need to Know
With more than 30 million passengers using Cancun International Airport this year, construction both for renovations and expansions is a good sign that the owner of the airport intends to keep the key tourist infrastructure up to standard for travelers around the world.
While the renovations to Terminal 1 are unlikely to impact any Cancun Sun readers, the expansion of Terminal 3 will be good and bad for low-cost airline passengers to Cancun.
Initially, the construction is likely to cause some headaches for visitors to Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. It may lead to delays in aircraft getting to gates and some disruption of airport services to passengers in the terminal.
However, Aeropuertos del Sureste has guaranteed that those types of interruptions will be kept to a minimum to not impact the customer experience at the airport terminal.
Eventually, the new gates will allow the planes to embark and disembark passengers faster and hopefully allow for the accommodation of new flights, and possibly airlines, at one of the busiest airports in the world.
The Maya Train station will most likely be the best improvement being made at the airport for travelers from the United States.
The modern station will conveniently provide airline passengers with a seamless transition to the Maya Train service for access to the Cancun tourist hotel zone. It will also serve as a connection hub west to Campeche and Merida and early next year to Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and on to Bacalar.
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