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CANCUN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT VS. OTHER MEXICAN AIRPORTS

Posted by AmorTulum on 13 de June de 2024
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Cancun International Airport (CUN) is one of the most important airports in Latin America, with a modern and well-designed infrastructure that allows a constant and efficient flow of passengers. With more than 4 terminals and 3 runways, it is capable of handling a large volume of air traffic. In addition, its architectural design reflects Mexican culture and the beauty of the Caribbean, making it unique compared to other airports in the world.

By 2023, Mexico has registered a total of 34.9 million airline seats on international flights, with Cancun leading as the main air terminal in terms of international passenger flow.

Seat distribution by airport

  • Cancun: With 12.6 million seats, it represents 36.1% of all international passenger flow to Mexico.
  • AICM (Mexico City): The capital’s airport ranks second with 9.8 million seats, equivalent to 28.3%.
  • Guadalajara: 3 million seats, reaching 8.8%.
  • Puerto Vallarta: It has 2.2 million seats, representing 6.6%.
  • Monterrey: With 1.2 million seats, it reached 3.6%.
  • Los Cabos: With 5 million seats.
  • Tulum: Still under development, Tulum International Airport promises to be a game changer in the region. Although there are no official statistics yet, it is expected to handle a large number of international and domestic flights, relieving some of CUN’s load.

Outstanding routes

The volume of international tourists to and from Cancun allows the Mexican Caribbean to be listed with 5 of the 10 routes with the most scheduled seats in 2023. These are:

  1. Dallas-Cancun (ranking leader)
  2. Toronto-Cancun (third place)
  3. Atlanta-Cancun, Houston-Cancun and Chicago O’Hare-Cancun (eighth, ninth and tenth place, respectively).

Winter season

Between December 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024, the Mexican Caribbean has 7 million airline seats scheduled, not counting new flights from Tulum Airport. This translates into about 36,000 flights to and from Quintana Roo’s three international airports, according to the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council.

Origin of international tourists

From January to October 2023, the main countries of origin of international tourists by air to Mexico were:

  • United States: With 13.46 million tourists, of which 11.02 million came from the U.S. Cancun attracted 4.6 million (41.8%) of these tourists.
  • Canada: Second in importance, with 1.8 million tourists entering Mexico, of which 1 million (55.5%) arrived through Cancun.
  • Colombia.

With these figures, Cancun remains the preferred destination for international tourists, standing out not only for the number of seats and scheduled flights, but also for its ability to attract travelers from all over the world.

Passenger Traffic Growth

In the first two months of 2024, the airport reported a 2.7% increase in passenger traffic compared to the same period in 2023. This translates into the mobilization of 5.6 million passengers, slightly exceeding the 5.5 million recorded in the first two months of last year.

Increase in International Tourism

International tourism has been a key factor in this growth, with an increase of 7.8%, equivalent to 4.1 million foreign travelers in the first two months of this year, compared to the 3.8 million reported in the same period of 2023. This increase has occurred despite initial forecasts of a possible decrease in international tourist arrivals, especially from the United States.

Cancun International Airport continues to demonstrate its ability to attract and handle a high volume of international tourists. As expansion and improvement projects are implemented, the airport is expected to remain a key player in Mexico’s tourism industry, maintaining its competitiveness against other terminals and enhancing the traveler experience.

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