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Tulum airport welcomed more than 500 on first day

Tulum, Q.R. — On opening day, the Tulum International Airport received over 500 passengers. During inauguration day on December 1, three national flights arrived, one each from Mexico City, Monterrey and Nuevo León carrying a total of 520 travelers.

The first commercial flight to land at the Tulum airport was Viva Aerobus. The Tulum-bound flight arrived from Felipe Ángeles International Airport with 179 passengers.

Moments later, a flight from Monterrey arrived with 155 passengers. Later that afternoon, a connection from the Mexico City International Airport arrived with 186.

There is anticipation that Guadalajara and Tijuana will be annexed in the middle of the month.

Passengers are seen waiting at a open cafe inside the new Tulum Airport. Photo: Courtesy Government Quintana Roo December 1, 2023.

For now, the airport will serve several daily flights from Mexico City International Airport (AICM) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as well as flights from Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) to Tulum with return flights.

The Monterrey-Tulum route is operating daily with the Tulum-Monterrey return flights by Viva Aerobus.

“We welcome Viva Aerobus to this new destination that stands out for its great tourist and commercial potential. This new airport has the capacity to serve 5.5 million passengers each year with incomparable service and cutting-edge technology for the benefit of a safe and highly efficient operation,” explained General Javier Diego Campillo, Administrator of the Tulum International Airport.

On December 16, a Guadalajara to Tulum flight has been announced and a day later, on December 17, the service is expanded with a flight from Tijuana to Tulum.

“We celebrate this new infrastructure that is so important for the Riviera Maya that will give more route options and better prices to passengers.

“Congratulations on the new Tulum Airport, which will surely bring greater competitiveness, tourism and economic benefits to the region,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, the General Director of Viva Aerobus.

Travelers are seen checking in for national flights out of the new Tulum Airport.
Photo: Courtesy Government Quintana Roo December 1, 2023.

In March 2024, Delta Airlines will begin flying the Atlanta-Tulum route once a day. American Airlines will arrive from Dallas twice a day, while the frequencies to Charlotte and Miami will be once a day.

As of March 28, Spirit will also land with a daily flight from Fort Lauderdale and another from Orlando. United Airlines will start flying to Tulum in May with 22 frequencies a week from Newark, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles.

Ground transportation options currently being offered from the Tulum International Airport include bus or taxi. Prices are current as of December 2023 and are listed in Mexican pesos (below).

With Vivabus
At Viva Aerobus we have a transportation service for our passengers from the Tulum Airport to the center of Tulum. It is operated by Euromex and costs of $310 MXN per person. You can purchase ground transportation with our onboard sales service during your flight.

Ground transportation from the Tulum airport includes ADO and Kolors buses (background).
Photo: Courtesy Government Quintana Roo December 1, 2023.

ADO or Kolors buses
You can also use the transportation services offered by ADO and Kolors. Prices range depending on the route and company you choose.

By Taxi
If you want to travel only with your family or in small groups, the transportation company FlexShuttle offers options for 1 to 6 passengers to different tourist spots.

During the December 1 inauguration, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar said American companies, such as Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Spirit Airlines, have announced their plans to establish new flights to this destination starting in the spring of 2024, which will help strengthen personal ties and unite families, as well as to deepen our bilateral and North American integration, which will also allow us to further boost our regional supply chains.

Ken Salazar at the Tulum airport inauguration. Photo: Government Quintana Roo December 1, 2023.

The above embodies President Joe Biden’s vision to continue positioning North America as the main economic power in the world for the benefit of our people and their well-being.

Mexico is the country with the most flights to and from the United States, making it the first travel destination for Americans.

The private sector and the aviation industry contribute to strengthening our trade to take advantage of the opportunities that arise from the USMCA and nearshoring, as well as giving greater dynamism to our integration, he said.