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Cancun And The Mexican Caribbean Have The Most International Connections In Mexico

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New figures suggest that not only is Cancun one of the top international destinations for travelers, but its airport also has the highest number of non-stop flights from major U.S. and Canadian airports. With countless direct flights to the U.S., Canada, and Europe, Cancun, and the Mexican Caribbean are some of the easiest destinations for U.S. and Canadian travelers to reach.

Travelers walking out of Cancun airport towards ground transportation

The region’s everlasting popularity makes it a safe bet for large airlines, which regularly announce new flights to meet demand. 

Cancun International Airport Has The Most Direct International Flights In Mexico

If you’ve ever visited the Mexican Caribbean, it’s likely that you’ll have flown to Cancun International Airport, the largest in the region. Last year, the massive airport welcomed over 30 million travelers, making it one of the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger arrivals – and the figure is expected to further grow this year. 

Taxis and Other Vehicles Outside of Cancun Airport

Cancun International Airport is also Mexico’s leading airport when it comes to international routes, with over 126 non-stop connections to cities across the world. According to new statistics published by the Quintana Roo Secretary for Tourism, travelers can fly direct to Cancun from over 29 countries across the globe. In 2022, the airport also broke a new record when over 715 flights took off or landed in a single day. 

The United States Has The Most Direct Flights To Cancun

It’s no secret that Americans love Cancun; U.S. travelers have been flocking to the Mexican Caribbean for decades in search of sea, sun, and some of the world’s leading all-inclusive resorts. The United States also happens to be the country with the most direct flights to Cancun, and as of 2023, travelers can fly non-stop to the coastal resort town from 41 cities. 

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In-flight view of American Airlines Boeing 777 Commercial Passenger Aircraft Flying High Up in the sky above the clouds.

The number of direct connections has been growing over the past year following a brief pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. Travelers can currently fly to Cancun on nearly all legacy carriers, including American Airlines and Delta, as well as low-cost carriers, such as Frontier and Southwest, which have seen their flight networks grow

Passengers outside of Cancun airport waiting for a taxi

Dallas Fort Worth and Houston currently have the largest number of direct flights to Cancun, although travelers from most large U.S. hubs – including Chicago, Boston, New York, and Atlanta –  can hop on board a non-stop flight to Cancun.

Cancun International Airport has recently implemented new high-tech immigration entry points for U.S. and Canadian travelers, making entry into the country smoother and easier than ever before. With the addition of cutting-edge automated passport scanning technology, Cancun’s airport is said to be the most digitally advanced in the nation. 

Passengers inside Cancun airport waiting for flight

The move towards a more simplified entry procedure is expected to cut down on long passenger queues, especially ahead of the busy spring travel season when millions of sun-seeking travelers will be flocking to the Mexican Caribbean. Visitors can also follow these important tips to save time and money at Cancun’s ever-growing airport.

New passport machine at Cancun International Airport

In addition to Cancun International Airport, the Mexican Caribbean is home to Cozumel International Airport, the second largest in the area. The airport currently has 8 direct connections to the United States and two to Canada, with 7 airlines operating flights there. 

sunny day Tulum ruins by the beach.

The completion of the Maya Train in December this year is expected to significantly boost arrival numbers, prompting authorities to begin work on Tulum’s new international airport. Despite facing significant stepbacks, officials have secured funding for the massive undertaking, which could handle as many as 4 million passengers per year once complete. There’s still a long way to go, however, and for now, travelers will have to rely on Cancun and Cozumel’s international airports. 

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