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Essential Information for Travelers as Tulum Airport Commences Operations

Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport, serving the Tulum region, officially opened its doors to the public on December 1. The expansive new airport has already attracted domestic carriers, and international airlines like United and Spirit are slated to initiate flights in the coming year, promising a significant boost to Tulum's tourism. To ensure a smooth travel experience during the bustling winter season, here are five crucial details every traveler should be aware of regarding the newly operational Tulum Airport:


Location Insights:
The airport, officially named Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport, is not physically located in Tulum but in the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. Situated approximately 40 kilometers southwest of downtown Tulum, travelers must factor in the transit time when planning their arrival. The distance from the airport to Cancun is around 170 kilometers.

Tulum Airport

Airline Operations:
While Tulum International Airport anticipates hosting up to five million passengers annually, currently only domestic carriers such as VivaAerobus operate flights. However, this is set to change in the early months of the upcoming year, with American Airlines, Delta, and Spirit Airlines announcing new nonstop routes to Tulum.

Tulum Airport

Transportation Options:
Travelers have various public transport options for commuting between Tulum Airport and downtown Tulum. The ADO bus company is a convenient and affordable choice, offering one-way tickets for $17. Taxis or private transfers, though more expensive, provide a faster alternative. Future plans include direct transfers to Sections 5 and 6 of the Maya Train from Tulum Airport, facilitating easy access to Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun.

Tulum Airport

Destinations Accessible via Tulum Airport:
Tulum Airport serves as a gateway to Quintana Roo's burgeoning hotspots. From the vibrant culture of Chetumal to the eco-wonders of Bacalar, travelers can explore the region's Mayan history, stunning nature, and remote villages. Notable nearby attractions include the Sian Ka'an nature reserve and the centuries-old Muyil Ruins.

Tulum Airport

Safety Precautions:
Travelers transiting through Tulum Airport are advised to exercise increased caution, as with any public airport in the Mexican Caribbean. Operated by the Mexican Air Force, the airport has seen significant troop deployments to ensure the safety of arriving and departing travelers. Choosing private transfers is recommended to avoid potentially expensive taxi fares.

Stay informed and prepared to make the most of your travel experience as Tulum Airport begins its operations.

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