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Riviera Maya airport transport drivers given option to chose Cancun or Tulum

Tulum, Q.R. — Riviera Maya transport drivers who commute to Cancun will have an option once the new airport opens. Drivers who are currently offering their services at Cancun International will be able to test between Cancun and Tulum.

Companies that offer transportation services from the Cancun airport will be given the choice to change to the Tulum International Airport once it opens at the end of this week.  

The option is being made available since many drivers live in Playa del Carmen and Tulum but commute to the Cancun airport every day for work. Not only will the move take a load off the already congested federal highways, it will save hours of commute time for Riviera Maya transport drivers.

Carlos “N”, a local driver, said the companies that operate the airport transfers are looking into distributing the Playa del Carmen and Tulum drivers between the two airports so they can decide which airport suits them.

He says the new air terminal in Tulum would save them the commute.

“They have spoken with some of us to see if we want to go to Tulum and that it is each person’s decision. We have colleagues who come from Playa or Tulum itself, so it would be convenient for them,” he said.

Drivers may also be given the option to alternate between the Cancun and Tulum airports, a factor that will depend on demand at Tulum International.

The new Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport of Tulum is scheduled to begin operating this Friday, December 1, 2023. To date, bus company ADO and car rental company AVASA have said they will also be offering transportation services from the Tulum airport.

ADO says they will begin offering their services from the Tulum International Airport with two routes. The routes are expected to expand depending on passenger demand.

Marco Antonio Adueza Martinez, the General Director of Arrendadora de Vehiculos Automotores Sociedad Anónima (AVASA), said they will have a car rental presence at the Tulum airport.

Adueza Martinez says the company represents popular car rental options including Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly. They are currently operating in more than 50 airports around Mexico and will be adding Tulum to their long list.