New Tulum Airport Revolutionizes Mexican Caribbean Tourism

The Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport has greatly enhanced the connectivity between tourist hotspots in the northern and southern regions of Quintana Roo. This development has made it easier for tourists to explore more of the Mexican Caribbean.

Following the arrival of a JetBlue flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to the new airport in the Riviera Maya, Andrés Martínez Reynoso, director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council (CPTQ), spoke about the significance of this new airport. He noted that it has already changed tourist behavior, with many now landing in Cancún and returning via Tulum.

The new airport has also sparked interest in the Maya Train project. According to Martinez Reynoso, this has fostered better integration between southern destinations such as Chetumal, Bacalar, and Mahahual, and northern locations via the Tulum Airport. "This provides a wealth of options for tourists who have visited the Mexican Caribbean multiple times, making it easier for them to access previously unexplored areas," he said.

Martinez Reynoso emphasized that this new phase of tourism in the Mexican Caribbean aims to connect the 12 destinations in the state, enabling visitors to explore multiple places in a single trip. So far, this approach has been well-received by various tourist markets.

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He also pointed out that the Mexican Caribbean is a successful, appealing, and profitable destination, as evidenced by the range of airlines operating in the region. Despite revisions by major aircraft manufacturers, no significant impacts on flight frequencies are anticipated.

According to Martinez Reynoso, the development of airport infrastructure and rail connectivity is a vital step towards establishing Quintana Roo as a world-class tourist destination, offering diverse and accessible experiences for all visitors.