Cancun airport: domestic air traffic rebounds


Cancun International Airport mobilized 3.8 million passengers between January and March 2021, 34.7% less than during the same period in 2020. However, in domestic passenger movement, the terminal for the first time since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic showed positive numbers, registering an increase of 42.1% during the month of March, when it moved 692,686 passengers, compared to 487,448 in the same month of 2020.

Cancun Airport arrivals. Photo: Agencies
Cancun Airport arrivals. Photo: Agencies

Also during March, total passenger traffic showed a positive result of 4.5 percent. While 1,570,265 passengers were handled in 2021, the figure for the previous year was 1,502,258 passengers. In terms of international passengers, the terminal handled 877,559 passengers in the third month of the year, which represents a 13.5 percent decrease compared to the one million passengers handled in the same month of 2020.

The annual figure (January-March) in international passengers maintains a 48.5% drop, with 2.1 million passengers in 2021, compared to 4.1 million passengers registered during the first quarter of 2020.

In Asur's 11 airports, total passengers during March 2021 increased by 11.3% annually, "reflecting increases of 0.2% in Mexico, 42.9% in Puerto Rico and 22.0% in Colombia, which marks a recovery, mainly in Puerto Rico and Colombia, compared to the previous year's period, which was significantly affected by severe declines in business travel," the firm detailed.

The recovery reflected in the figures stems from the fact that as of March 2020, flight cancellations from practically every city in the world began, with a critical point in April of that year when operations plummeted to only 18 for one day.

The Ministry of Tourism of Quintana Roo considers that since 2020 is atypical due to the world tourism slump, that year is not useful as a reference to make real comparisons on the behavior of air activity. Last weekend it was announced that as of June 17 Volaris will operate a new exclusive route between Cancun and Mexicali.

The new route will have two weekly frequencies, departing on Thursdays and Sundays from Cancun at 9:30 p.m. and arriving at 00:03 a.m. in Mexicali. The return flight is scheduled on Mondays and Fridays at 00:33, landing in the Mexican Caribbean at 06:45. Tickets are already on sale as of April 8 with fares starting at 899 pesos for a single flight, according to the airline.