Some airlines are recommending that passengers should leave the hotel up to 5 hours before their flight in order to be able to catch their flight on time.
Delta, Air Canada, and Spirit have all highlighted that passengers should be more cautious with planning their times and schedules going in and out of the Cancun International Airport.
The delays are being caused by multiple different factors. The first and foremost causing the long delays is the new construction reformations that are happening on the Luis Donaldo Colosio Boulevard. The plan to expand the avenue, improve the general state of the road and many other changes that are aimed to facilitate transportation in and out of the airport in the future.
Unfortunately, all these reforms are expected to last for at least one year. The government of Cancun has issued alternatives routes to escape the construction back logs but these secondary roads have also become backed up causing massive delays.
With construction delays and the massive influx of tourists this summer, getting in and out of the airport has become very challenging. Summer is always busy in Cancun and sees both domestic and international tourists. Over the last year, Cancun has become one of the most in demand destinations in the world for tourism with its white sand beaches, perfect weather and endless tourism activities.
All that puts pressure on an already complicated airport, which receives close to 10 million passengers annually. The Cancun International Airport is the 9th busiest in the world. In addition, many airlines have direct flights from the continental United States to Cancun. As a result, many seek Mexico as a favorite international destination, with lower prices, a friendly environment, excellent hospitality, and fantastic food.
The construction on the the boulevard and the massive flow of tourists are making the movement in the area a troubling task for many flying to the Yucatan Peninsula every day. The local government is prioritizing other methods of transportation like buses to facilitate the flow of people but private transfers remain the most popular option for tourists.
The recommendation of leaving the hotel 5 hours prior to departure time also includes the time that it takes inside the airport. The Cancun Airport is struggling to keep up with demand, with many paseengers reporting long queues checking in. This 5-hour advice includes 2 hours for transportation to the airport and 3 hours once arriving.
The highway construction project is temporary and being made to improve the transit in and out of the airport. Since no trains go to the airport yet, the boulevard is the only way to arrive in Cancun and many of the popular tourism cities nearby.
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