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Tulum International Airport: Accelerating Real Estate and Tourism in the Mexican Caribbean

Tulum, with its breathtaking beaches, ancient Mayan heritage, and vibrant dining scene, is a dream destination. However, it has long been associated with a certain inconvenience: the lack of its airport. Travelers landing in Cancun International Airport (CUN) face a 1.5-hour drive to reach Tulum. But that's about to change.

In this article, we explore the present and future of Tulum Airport, offering all the details about its location, anticipated launch, capacity, and design. Moreover, we discuss how this new transport hub will impact not just Tulum but the entire Riviera Maya region and its connection to the remarkable Mayan Train (Tren Maya) project.

So, how will the Tulum Airport transform your travel experience? Let's dive in.

The current scenario

To appreciate the significance of Tulum's upcoming airport, let's first grasp the existing situation. Currently, the closest airport to Tulum is Cancun International Airport (CUN), situated approximately 1.5 hours to the north. It's a bustling airport, ranked second in Mexico for passenger traffic, handling around 26 million travelers annually, right after Mexico City.

CUN connects to various international destinations, offering direct flights from major cities globally, including New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Toronto, Madrid, Paris, and London. After landing at CUN, you can reach Tulum using various transportation options like private transfers, shared shuttles, buses, taxis, or rental cars.

The Airport's Vital Stats

Located approximately 12 miles from downtown Tulum, the Tulum International Airport will have impressive capabilities. It's poised to welcome up to 5.5 million passengers annually on a staggering 32,000 flights. This places Tulum firmly on the global map as a major tourist and investment destination.

The airport is finished at 65% at the time of this article. it will feature 13 positions for both domestic and international commercial aircraft, while a general and executive aviation platform boasts 28 positions. Additionally, a 12-space hangar is specially designed for executive planes. With this infrastructure in place, Tulum is well-prepared to accommodate both domestic and international travelers, serving as a gateway to this tropical paradise.

Enhanced Flight Connectivity

A significant milestone is the involvement of renowned airlines.

Viva Aerobus and Aeromexico will commence operations at Tulum International Airport. Viva Aerobus will introduce five new routes, connecting Tulum to Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Mexico City Felipe Ángeles, and Tijuana.

Aeromexico, on the other hand, will offer a daily nonstop service to Mexico City with two flights per day, making Tulum more accessible than ever.

Finally, in a development that underscores Tulum's growing international appeal, Delta Air Lines has announced plans to launch a daily nonstop service to Tulum International, commencing in late March 2024. The addition of Delta, one of the world's largest airlines, further solidifies Tulum's position as a global tourism hotspot.

Impacts on Tourism and Real Estate

The inauguration of Tulum International Airport is expected to have far-reaching implications for both tourism and real estate in the region. As accessibility to this tropical paradise increases, it's anticipated that the number of tourists exploring Tulum's pristine beaches, ancient Mayan ruins, and vibrant cultural scene will rise exponentially.

This boost in tourism numbers is a significant attraction for real estate investors. The allure of Tulum's turquoise waters and lush landscapes, now more accessible than ever, is set to drive interest in both vacation and investment properties. Savvy investors are eyeing this picturesque stretch of the Mexican Caribbean as a prime opportunity to expand their portfolios and capitalize on the booming tourism industry.

Economic Growth and Job Creation

The impact extends beyond the tourism and real estate sectors. The Tulum International Airport is a catalyst for economic growth, stimulating local businesses and employment opportunities. As Tulum evolves into a global destination, it simultaneously brings forth new jobs and local economic prosperity.

Tulum Airport and the Mayan Train Project

The strategic association between the new Tulum Airport and the impending Mayan Train Project, scheduled for December 2023, is crucial. The Mayan Train, also known as "Tren Maya," is set to traverse the states of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche, Chiapas, and Tabasco. It will interconnect significant tourist destinations, including Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Bacalar, and Palenque.

The combined impact of the Tulum Airport and the Mayan Train is poised to revolutionize tourism in the region. Travelers will have the option to fly directly into Tulum, relishing its unique offerings, and then seamlessly board the Maya Train to explore other captivating parts of the Yucatan Peninsula.

maya train map


The new Tulum International Airport is a game-changer for the Mexican Caribbean's crown jewel. With increased accessibility, the region's appeal is set to soar, making it an ideal time for those considering real estate investments and vacation experiences in Tulum.

As the new airport takes off, it's poised to transform the local economy and tourism landscape, ushering in a new era of prosperity for Tulum and the entire Riviera Maya.

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