The Cancun International Airport reported a busy long weekend reaching upwards of 400 flights in a single day. The airport had one of its busiest days so far this year recording almost 400 flights on Saturday mostly from the U.S.
Images and video that appeared on Twitter allegedly show the packed airport with long lineups for immigration.
Twitter user Oliver Renick shared the viral photo and then later uploaded a video from the scene.
This is the airport in Cancun right now. Good luck with your bonds at 1% pic.twitter.com/yD0eoZfoCD— Oliver Renick (@OJRenick) February 12, 2021
The majority of the international flights on Saturday were from the United States as the country celebrated the Presidents Day long weekend. Other flights carried passengers from Turkey, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Germany, England, France, Switzerland.
Mexico is one of the only destinations in the world that has relaxed entry requirements including no testing or quarantine measure upon arrival. While the United States now requires a negative Antigen test for Americans returning home, resorts in Cancun and around Mexico started offering free onsite Covid-19 testing for guests.
Some resorts have even gone as far as giving 14 day extended free stays in the event a traveler tests positive.
The new travel restrictions did, however, hamper travel demand to the region to some degree. Asur reported Cancun having received 769 thousand travelers in December, marking a decrease of nearly 60 thousand arrivals in January.
The State of Quintana Roo which is home to Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum did recently revert to an ‘orange’ level warning due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.
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