Cancun Airport: over 91,000 visitors registered in June

June, the first month of the economic recovery, closed with the arrival of 91,200 visitors by air to Cancun, 300% more compared to the reports of April and May, the two most critical months for the economy, where losses reached three billion dollars.

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

According to the report of the Secretariat of Communications and Transport, during the previous two months, the arrival of passengers was only 24,000 on average, between nationals and foreigners. However, after the announcement of the opening of hotels last month, the situation began to improve. At the end of June, the numbers show that 72 people from different national cities and 18,500 from foreign cities arrived at the Cancun International Airport.

The main destinations were from national routes such as Mexico City, which this last month transported 43,783 people to this destination, the second was Monterrey. While international routes had an increase from Dallas and Miami.

At the moment there are nine international airlines that are operating from the United States, Canada, and Cuba, as Delta, American Airlines, Jet Blue to name a few, and five domestic lines such as Viva Aerobus, Aeromexico, and Volaris.

At a press conference, Marisol Vanegas Perez, head of the Secretariat of Tourism of Quintana Roo, said the numbers confirm that economic losses in the sector to the pandemic exceeded three million dollars. She also acknowledged that the recovery is slow, mainly in the northern area of Quintana Roo, which has a state traffic light, in orange, allowing occupation of up to 30%.

The authorities and the sector hope to close the year with an occupation of at least 60%. So far, more than half of the lodging centers are open. Additionally, they expect the arrival of tourists focused on the segments of weddings, conventions, and meetings, for which they are also preparing a protocol that they expect to be ready next week and start receiving a greater number of visitors.

According to search engines of Mexican Caribbean destinations, they expect that by September they will recover the percentage of interested people that they had last year.

How to get to or from Cancun Airport

Information about the public and private transportation from or to the airport of Cancun (CUN), Mexico. Taxi services and transfers.

The Cancun airport, being the air terminal of the Riviera Maya, is connected not only with the city of Cancun and its hotel zone, but also with the different tourist points of the Caribbean coast and other tourist spots. Buses, private transportation and taxis provide the transfer service.

Which bus connects the airport with the city and zone?

ADO (Tel +52 1 800 369 4652) connects the airport with the terminals in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Belize, Chiquilá, Carrillo Puerto, Mahahuai, Plaza Terra Viva, Puerto Morelos, Mérida and Valladolid.

Cancun: Cars depart every 30 minutes and travel time is 30 minutes to the city terminal ($94.00).

Playa del Carmen: The bus leaves every 30-45 min. and the travel time is 1 hour ($208.00).

Tulum: The bus leaves every 45 min. and the travel time is 2 hours ($276.00).

Fares are expressed in Mexican pesos.

The company has counters in the arrival rooms. For more information on destinations, fares and available schedules, visit www.ado.com.mx

What door-to-door services does the airport have?

Cancun Shared Shuttle (Tel +52 998 980 0882 / 1 855 506 3344) offers a shared shuttle service from the airport to Cancun and the Riviera Maya, operating between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm. Vehicles depart when completed.

FerAltar (Tel +52 998 898 4977 / 4979) operates door-to-door minibuses to Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Monday to Saturday between 8:00 am and 0:00 am.

Where are the official airport taxis?

The airport has an official taxi company, Cancun Taxi (Tel +52 998 287 0336 / 1 800 828 0679), with vehicles available outside the exits of terminals 2 and 3. Cars can be booked online or paid for at the counters located in the arrivals halls. The journey to the city centre takes about 25 minutes.

Transportation Tips

Although there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take into account when moving to or from the airport, and especially if we go by public transport.

To the airport

It's a good idea to get out a little earlier than is commonly suggested. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always take into account peak transit times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may delay more or less the journey to the airport from the place where you are. It is always good to be informed about what is happening where you are.

If you are using a shared transfer service, please have a phone number available in case of a delay by the company. In these cases, you will usually have a scheduled pick-up time.

If you use public transport (bus, train) have the timetables at hand (weekends and holidays are usually less frequent), if you have to make a transfer and also how to board (if you need a card or boarding pass or pay the driver or motorist on the spot). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know so as not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could bring about complications.

If you rent a car to get to the airport, check where to leave the vehicle. In some airports, there is a parking lot exclusively for rental cars.

From the airport

It's a little less stressful here since you don't have the pressure to miss your flight. In the worst case, you will arrive later to the place where you are going to stay or to the meeting point where you are trying to arrive. Once you get off the plane, you pick up your suitcase and complete the required arrival formalities. Then you must look for the public transportation directions or consult with the airport staff.

It is very useful to check the bus schedule in advance in case you arrive late at night. Not all buses run 24 hours a day. The same applies to taxis. If you have hired a private car service, have the mobile application available to contact the driver. Some transportation services have a person waiting for you, identified by a sign.

If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for more peace of mind it is recommended to book it in advance. Rental counters are usually available in the arrivals hall.

After the cancellation of the Texcoco airport and the postponement of the works in Santa Lucia, the Cancun airport could become the number one in the country in passenger mobilization, since it is the one that receives the most international passengers.