Airline gold rush: How the new Tulum airport was able to steal 25% of Cancun’s traffic
A new airline gold rush is underway in Mexico, with U.S. airlines lining up to fly to Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport near Tulum. The current Cancun Airport is 126 miles away. eniluria It is written as Aviation studies show the new airport could compete for a quarter of Cancun’s passengers.
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Spirit Airlines have already announced service from the airport, which is expected to open on December 1st and be available to international passengers in late March. More than a dozen flights by U.S. airlines are planned for the 12-gate airport, as American Airlines’ Dallas and United Airlines flights to Houston increase to his two daily flights.
93% of the region’s airline passengers are tourists, and there is no doubt that there is no shortage of upper-middle-class Americans heading to yoga retreats.
Based on passenger travel destinations, it is estimated that demand between the United States and Tulum can support 30 flights per day. The airport is smaller and easier to navigate than Cancun. New rail connections will also make travel easier.
It should also be mentioned that train construction is well advanced, with plans for a train between TQO and CUN imminent and hotels along the line also being built. In fact, the train may open soon. This train has the potential to tip things even further towards Tulum’s new airport.
Regardless of the final demand, the increase here is certainly too fast. Airlines are on board to secure space at the small airport. Domestically, Viva Aerobus has announced service to five destinations from Tulum, and Aeromexico Connect is planning flights to Mexico City.
Planning for the airport has been ongoing intermittently over the past decade.Initially, the López Obrador administration prioritized trains. on top of the airportbut this airport could turn out to be a much better project to get the green light than the new Mexico City Airport or the new Mexicana Airlines.
Eventually, we should see flights from hubs like New York JFK, Boston, and Denver. There will probably be more flights from Delta as well as Atlanta. Southwest Airlines has also yet to announce Tulum service, and JetBlue and Frontier may also see a market there.