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New Non-Stop Flights To Cancun This Winter From Raleigh-Durham International Airport

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Cancun International Airport welcomes around 500 flights a day most of the time, and new flights are being added all the time.  One of the most recent additions to this list is Raleigh-Durham International Airport.  The airport will start offering new non-stop flights to Cancun this winter, which is perfect timing for those who wish to get away during the dreary winter months. 

RDU American Flight

The new flights that will be offered this winter are through American Airlines but these are not the first, or the only, direct flights available from Raleigh to Cancun.  JetBlue also has non-stop flights available this winter, with dates in December and January.  The first date available according to Google Flights is December 24th, but because it is the start of the Christmas holiday, ticket prices are higher than normal, starting at around $850 roundtrip.  

Cancun Airport with Tourists

There are already new direct American flights from RDU to CUN available for purchase for dates in November and December, with ticket prices starting at around $800 for the first date available.  The earliest date available right now, according to a Google Flights search, is November 5th.  Due to the fact that it is a popular time to travel to Cancun, though, ticket prices are a bit on the pricey side, coming in at $838 for a roundtrip ticket.   

RDU Aerial View

Some of the American Airlines flights from Raleigh-Durham to Cancun for December are as low as $488, with the next lowest ticket prices coming in at $538 and $558.  The dates that these tickets are being offered are December 10th, December 31st, and December 3rd, respectively.  American Airlines will also offer a number of flights from Raleigh to Cancun in January, and those tickets can be found for as low as $438 and the most expensive ticket for January available right now through the airline is only $568. 

Tourists at RDU

Cancun receives more visitors from the United States than from any other country in the world and approximately 40 different airports have airlines that offer direct flights to the extremely popular vacation destination.  From some of these cities, you can fly to Cancun for nearly nothing.  From Orlando International Airport, for example, there are December flights available for as little as $169 and multiple dates for around $200 or less, and the best part is it’s only a 2-and-a-half-hour flight.   


The Mexican government recently made it easy for American citizens, as well as those from many other countries, including Canada, to enter the country.  They revamped their immigration policy that required visitors to fill out forms and wait in lengthy lines, often because tourists would wait until they got to the Airport to fill them out.  Now visitors from the U. S., Canada, and a number of other countries are automatically granted a six-month stay when they fly into the country through Cancun International Airport. 

immigration line

While this is a pilot system that is only being tested in Cancun right now, it is expected to be implemented in other areas of the country as well.  The reason for Cancun being the test city surely has to do with the fact that it is the 2nd busiest airport in Mexico, only falling behind Mexico City.  Already this year more than 20 million tourists have flown into Cancun International Airport, and with the busy season ahead that number is expected to increase considerably. 

Cancun hotel zone

Cancun has become more popular over the last two years than ever before, which is why we’re seeing more direct flights being offered from airports like Raleigh-Durham all the time.  While spring break and the Easter holiday are some of the busiest times in the popular tourist city, the winter months bring a lot of visitors as well.  Many people like to escape the cold northern winters and what better place to do it than the spectacular Mexican Caribbean vacation destination that is Cancun? 

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