Traveling to the stunning Riviera Maya is about to get easier as Mexico goes build a new airport in Tulum, Quintana Roo, announced the government.
A luxury terminal for VIP visitors arriving by private jet, as well as a standard terminal for all travelers, will form part of the new airport.
As of today, the closest airport to Tulum is Cancun International Airport which is 120 km from Cancun.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, believes that building a dedicated airport in Tulum will significantly boost tourism.
Preparations for the construction of Tulum International Airport (TIA) – which is not a registered trademark – are advancing, with the opening scheduled for December 2023, the government announced over the weekend.
The first routes planned for launch would be Dallas-Tulum, Chicago-Tulum and Houston-Tulum in the US, and Panama-Tulum and Bogotá-Tulum in Central and South America.
A new domestic route connecting Santa Lucia in Mexico City (Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA)) and Tulum would serve as an alternative to the already overcrowded Mexico City-Cancun route.
AIFA is another new airport located 27 miles outside of Mexico City, scheduled to begin operations in late March 2022.
Once opened, AIFA will be the airport’s second international passenger hub serving Mexico City. VivaAerobus, Volaris and AeroMexico are among the local carriers that will fly from it.
Last August, the Mexican government would have guaranteed 1,200 hectares of land for the development of Tulum International Airport.
It is worth noting that the General Directorate of Engineers of the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) will proceed with the construction of the Tulum airport despite not having completed the technical studies necessary for such projects.
In fact, in September 2021, archaeological studies advanced 15%, environmental feasibility 20%, legal feasibility 25% and sociological studies 15%.
Despite this, military engineers began relocating their teams from Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) to the AIT site to begin construction.
According to the government, the necessary studies will be in-depth and will respond to technical rather than political times.