Over the past decade, the Mexican Caribbean has emerged as one of the most rapidly expanding destinations for American tourists. Tulum, a key attraction in the region, is on the brink of an even greater surge in popularity with the impending completion of two significant projects: the Mayan Train and Tulum International Airport. As these developments near the completion date, major airlines are beginning to schedule flights from the United States to this increasingly sought-after destination.
American Airlines has recently joined the roster of airlines offering convenient connections to and from Tulum International Airport, marking a significant milestone for the region.
In an announcement on Friday, Governor Mara Lezama Espinosa shared the exciting news that American Airlines has officially confirmed daily flights to Tulum.
Commencing on March 28, 2024, travelers can expect a robust schedule with four daily flights. This includes two daily flights from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), one daily service from Charlotte (CLT), and an additional daily flight from Miami (MIA). With this expansion, American Airlines is set to become the preeminent U.S. airline operating at Tulum International Airport, enhancing accessibility and connectivity for both domestic and international travelers.
“The Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport of Tulum will be inaugurated in less than a month. Construction continues to advance, which will have the capacity to serve 5.5 million passengers,” she said.
The construction of Tulum Airport is projected to finish by December 2023. As per the existing timetable, full operational status is anticipated by May 2024, closely coinciding with the scheduled inauguration of the Mayan Train, with only a four-month gap.
The simultaneous start of two major projects on the Riviera Maya is no mere coincidence. Tulum Airport is strategically designed to integrate seamlessly with the existing highway system and sections 5-7 of the Mayan Train network.It will also have its own station, further improving connectivity and accessibility.
Other Airlines Flying to Tulum
Aeroméxico, American Airlines, Delta, Spirit Airlines, Viva Aerobus and Volaris are among the prominent airlines that have recently announced their intention to operate daily flight services to Tulum Airport.
Can You Fly Directly into Tulum?
Not yet. Tulum International Airport (TQO) is expected to open next month.
Meanwhile, visitors need to fly into Cancun International Airport and then proceed to Tulum, with transportation options detailed here: Tulum Airport Transportation.