Mexico's New Airports Blooming Like Deserts in Spring

Mexico's aviation landscape is abuzz with new projects. From Tulum's tourist haven to Chalacatepec's coastal gem, and Ensenada's reborn airport, the skies are the limit. Mexicana Airlines also joins the game, promising exciting journeys.

Mexico's New Airports Blooming Like Deserts in Spring
Tulum Takeoff: The picturesque Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport readies to launch, connecting Tulum to the world.

In a land where tequila flows like water and fiestas are a way of life, Mexico's aviation scene is experiencing a major facelift. Since the grand opening of the Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA) on March 21, 2022, the Mexican skies have been buzzing with excitement. This bold venture, spearheaded by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), is set to ease the pressure on the overstretched Mexico City International Airport (AICM). But the icing on the airport cake? This is just the beginning.

In the game of airport expansion, Mexico isn't holding back. New terminals are popping up like cacti in the desert, each with a unique purpose and a touch of Mexican charm. Let's take a flight through the upcoming aviation projects that will change the way Mexico takes to the skies.

Before we explore these new airports, let's make a pit stop at the beginning of our journey. Mexicana Airlines, a state-owned airline, has embarked on its adventure, aiming to start operations on December 2. With dreams as high as the Sierra Madre, they're already hiring pilots and flight attendants, promising to bring some fresh competition to the Mexican skies.

Tulum: A Jungle Oasis Gets its Wings

In the tropical paradise of Tulum, the Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport will spread its wings in December. This new airport isn't just your run-of-the-mill terminal—it's part of a plan to boost tourism in the enchanting Copper Canyon region. The airport will connect to the U.S. cities of Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, and El Paso. So, don't be surprised if your next vacation starts with a margarita and ends with a taco in Tulum.

Chihuahua's Barrancas del Cobre

Not far from Tulum, in Chihuahua, the Creel International Airport is preparing for a grand entrance. This airport is making its debut with flights to the United States, promising to take you from the Copper Canyon's magical town of Creel to destinations like Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, and El Paso. The runway is 2.5 kilometers of smooth-as-salsa asphalt, making it a perfect gateway to adventure.

Chalacatepec on the Pacific Coast

Heading west to Jalisco, we find Chalacatepec International Airport. Although not set to open until 2024, it will be a game-changer. This airport is a companion to the bustling Puerto Vallarta Airport and is set to boost connectivity in the Costalegre area. With a terminal building, runway, taxiways, and hangars, it's poised to bring a splash of elegance to the Pacific coast.

Ensenada's Ojos Negros Airport

Down in Baja California, the Ensenada International Airport—dubbed Ojos Negros International Airport—is finally getting the green light. While this project was held up for a while due to political spats, it's now back on track. Located 50 kilometers south of Ensenada, it's set to operate as an aerodrome for the first seven years. It's a testament to how perseverance can overcome turbulence in the political skies.

Chalacatepec International Airport on the Pacific coast, promises elegance and convenience for travelers.
Chalacatepec International Airport on the Pacific coast, promises elegance and convenience for travelers.

Expansion in Tamuin and Merida

Not content with brand-new airports, Mexico is also giving some older ones a fresh coat of paint. Tamuin Airport in San Luis Potosí is expanding its runway by a cool 900 meters, all to meet the surging demand for flights to the Huasteca region. Meanwhile, the Yucatán government has exciting plans for the Merida International Airport, seeking to create an industrial hub and ride the wave of the Mayan Train's development. These projects prove that Mexico's aviation landscape is constantly evolving, reinventing itself like a Mariachi band at a cantina.

In conclusion, Mexico's aviation future is nothing short of thrilling. With new airports taking flight and existing ones getting a spruce-up, travelers can expect a smoother, more elegant experience. So, fasten your seatbelts because Mexico is ready to soar to new heights, one airport at a time.