The new Tulum International Airport that is currently being built will be another great option for travelers who visit the Mexican Caribbean and of course the city itself.
It will also take some pressure off the super busy Cancun International Airport, which manages more than 500 operations a day on average.
While the Tulum Airport was originally looking at a 2024 opening, Mexico’s president recently announced that the project would be completed ahead of schedule.
About Tulum Airport
The building of Tulum Airport, also known as Felipe Carrillo Puerto, is a mega project that will span nearly 3,000 acres.
It will be a combined civil/military airport and will be part of a larger military city that will include multiple buildings, including a building for boarding lounges and a passenger terminal.
Roads, parking lots and/or structures, and a control tower are all part of the project as well, as are the typical buildings and structures you see on a military base.
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Location Of The Airport
The airport will actually be located in the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto.
This is about an hour from Tulum, but a major highway will connect the airport region to Tulum, making getting there from the popular tourist destination simple.
Both Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Tulum are part of the Mexican state Of Quintana Roo, the same state that is home to other vacation hotspots like Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, and Cancun.
When You Can Expect Tulum Airport To Begin Operations
The original completion date for the Tulum Airport was said to be sometime in 2024.
But a recent update from Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, now points to it being completed this year.
Now he is saying that completion will come at the same time that the huge Maya Train project will be completed, which is December 2023.
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Tulum Airport And The Maya Train
Both Tulum Airport and the Maya Train, which is also currently under construction, will make traveling to areas in the Riviera Maya outside of Cancun more accessible.
The airport in Tulum will be able to serve as many as 4 million passengers annually, making it the Yucatán Peninsula’s second largest airport, only behind Cancun.
There will be a Maya Train stop at the New Tulum Airport too, connecting these two massive projects to make getting around for tourists much easier and opening up access to many more destinations without having to travel all the way from Cancun Airport.
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Airlines To Operate At Tulum Airport
While there is no final list of the airlines that will operate at Tulum Airport, there has been talk about a couple.
One that seems to be a definite is ViVaAerobus, which according to reports, will be the first to operate at the airport.
Allegiant Air has also been mentioned as being one airline that will connect Tulum to various cities in the United States.
Cities Near Tulum
Flying into Cancun is convenient if you want to visit Cancun or other nearby destinations like Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, or Cozumel.
But for visiting cities beyond those, you’re talking about a couple hours’ drive from Cancun International Airport.
Upon the completion of Tulum Airport, though, visitors will have easier access to cities like Valladolid, Holbox, Bacalar, and Merida, all of which are worth exploring.
Tourism In The Mexican Caribbean
Tourism in the Mexican Caribbean has skyrocketed, with the region hosting millions of tourists last year.
The trend has continued into this year, making Cancun International Airport now one of the busiest in the world.
The Tulum Airport, as well as the Maya Train, will help manage the huge amount of tourism traffic, which is likely to continue increasing for the foreseeable future.
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