This Hidden Mexican Town’s Airport Soars By 105% Since 2021

This Hidden Mexican Town's Airport Soars By 105% Since 2021

In the first half of 2023, Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport in Mérida has experienced an impressive increase in arriving passengers, more than doubling the numbers of 2021. This growth has resulted in the airport attaining the status of Mexico’s eighth busiest aviation hub during the same period.

According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT), the airport experienced significant growth. For example, in the first half of 2021, it handled 431,934 passengers, a figure that increased to 888,189 in the corresponding months of 2023. This remarkable upturn of 105% represents a significant increase. Furthermore, if we compare the first half of 2022 with the same period of the current year, there is a significant growth of 32.8%.

With Viva Aerobus recently announcing another route to the 13 it already operates between Puebla and Yucatán, the growth of Mérida’s airport is likely to continue. Most flights to Mérida are already operated by the low-cost airline.

Viva Aerobus brought more than 670,000 passengers to Mérida in the first half of 2023, a 36% increase over the same period in 2022. The airline accounted for 75% of all airport traffic. SICT forecasts that Mérida will attract more than one million travelers in the same period next year if the current trend continues.

When it begins operations later this year, the recently re-established state-owned airline Mexicana de Aviación will also launch a new route to the city.

Currently, 23 destinations are served by 10 airlines out of Manuel Cresencio Rejón Airport, including international flights to the United States, Canada, Guatemala, and Cuba. 

Why you should put Merida on your bucket list

Here are four strong arguments for visiting Mérida, in no particular order:

  • Mérida is steeped in history and culture, boasting a vibrant blend of indigenous, Spanish colonial, and modern influences. Explore the city’s charming historic center, which features well-preserved colonial architecture, bustling markets, and impressive cathedrals. Immerse yourself in the local traditions, including traditional dances, art galleries, and museums that offer insights into the Yucatecan way of life.
  • Known as the “Cultural Capital of the Americas,” Mérida offers an exceptional culinary scene that showcases the flavors of the Yucatán region. Indulge in delectable dishes such as cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork), sopa de lima (lime soup), and papadzules (tortillas filled with pumpkin seed sauce). Explore the local markets and street food stalls to savor authentic Yucatecan flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.
  • Beyond the city, Mérida provides access to a wealth of natural wonders. Explore the nearby cenotes, natural sinkholes with crystal-clear waters that are perfect for swimming and diving. Take a day trip to the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, or visit the less crowded but equally impressive Mayan sites of Uxmal and Ek Balam.
  • Mérida is known for its friendly and welcoming locals who embrace visitors with open arms. Experience the warmth of Yucatecan hospitality as you interact with residents, learn about their customs, and perhaps even join in local festivities. Whether you’re strolling through the city’s plazas or striking up conversations with locals, you’re sure to feel a genuine sense of belonging.

Mérida offers a diverse travel experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression, from its cultural riches to its culinary delights, its natural beauty and its welcoming atmosphere.