Tourism numbers in Cancun continue to be on the rise showing not only signs of post COVID recovery, but an actual growth in the local tourism industry. The number of tourists arriving to the region in 2022 is set to eclipse the arrival numbers that were seen pre pandemic in 2019. A big reason why more tourists are going to make their way to Cancun shores is because more airlines are opening up routes to the beach city.
Frontier Is One Of The US Airlines That Is Betting Big On Cancun
The Colorado based US airline Frontier airlines who claims to be America’s greenest, and best low budget airline is opening routes to Cancun from both Tampa Florida and Houston Texas. They currently run a route from Tampa to Cancun, but will extend the number of flights to Quintana Roo, to 3 a week. The Houston route on the other hand will see up to 4 flights per week to the Mexican Caribbean starting in May. There’s no clarity on whether this will be a permanent arrangement that the airline is going to feature or whether it’s just a special route that they will have over the summer months.
European Airlines Will Also Increase Flight Frequencies Over The Summer Months
Local tourism associations in Cancun had already anticipated that more flights from Europe would be making their way to Mexico over the next couple of months. Most airlines aren’t necessarily opening up new routes to Cancun per se. What they are doing is adding more flights to their heavily popular Cancun route. This will more than likely mean that the number of flights to and from the Cancun airport will go over the 500 per day average that the airport has been seeing in the last few months.
The routes that will get new flights to Cancun include Condor Airlines’ Frankfurt to Cancun flight. The airline will add a fifth flight per week up from its usual 4 flights. British airline TUI is adding flights from all over the UK to Mexican beaches. The airline is expected to increase its flight frequency from London, Manchester, Glasgow, and other prominent UK cities.
Folks trying to fly to Cancun from the Iberain peninsula will be able to do so via IberoJet. The Lisbon to Cancun route run by this airline started operating in April. It is also set to increase the number of flights from Madrid and Barcelona.
The Cozumel Airport Is Also Set To Receive More American Passengers
The Cozumel airport sometimes gets lost in the shadow of the new Tulum airport, and obviously of the main Cancun airport. In spite of this, major US airlines are looking to increase the number of flights that they make to the island. Both Southwest, and American Airlines will be flying to the island from Denver Colorado in June. Meanwhile United Airlines is also planning to reopen its LAX to Cozumel flights beginning in the summer months.
Suncountry is also looking to restart a route that it flew to Cozumel before the pandemic. Flying out of DFW Thursday and Saturday to the island near Cancun. Passengers coming from Dallas/Fortworth airport have actually made up the bulk of the arrivals in the Cozumel airport over the last few years. The route could be a great business decision for a small operation like Suncountry.
Just a quick reminder for people who don’t know the area, if you fly into Cozumel, but you book lodging in the Cancun or Playa del Carmen regions you’ll have to take a ferry upon landing to be able to reach the mainland. Even though it’s a relatively small airport the Cozumel facility took in over 500 thousand passengers in 2021. Ranking it as the 28th most used airport in all of Mexico.
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