Flying to Akumal

First stop Cancun, next stop Akumal

Despite being about an hour away from the nearest airport, Akumal is an easy destination to make arrangements to visit. Because it is essentially a resort community, local transportation services have made an effort to promote travel here by keeping the bus and collectivo routes plentiful. But before you even think about worrying about ground transportation, you'll need to book a flight which is also easy to do thanks to the fact that the airport in Cancun is one of the biggest and busiest in the country.

Cancun

In 2009, Cancun International Airport, was ranked the Best Airport in Latin America and the Mexican Caribbean by the Airports Council International. A quick overview of the facility and it is easy to see why. This airport, which is the second busiest in Mexico, but that handles the largest amount of international traffic, is modern, clean, and always looking for ways to streamline travel. The latter is especially important considering 14 million plus passengers are serviced here each year. The airport has great relationships with airlines around the world and as a result in 2013 every single major airline flying from the United States and Canada offered regular flights to Cancun. This is great for travelers who will easily find flights not only from major international hubs, but perhaps even from their local airport. When this isn't possible, a quick connection certainly is.

This massive airport houses not only your standard food court and duty free shops, but also five sit-down restaurants, specialty and convenience stores as well as a pharmacy, banking services, a business lounge, a VIP lounge, a locker room, medical services, facilities for the disabled, a salon and spa, and a number of international car rental agencies. In addition to all this, there are two runways, three terminals, and 68 gates.

Customs

Getting through customs is something that every passenger dreads and some spend a lot of time worrying about. During your flight, you'll receive a customs form which is to be filled out before you arrive. As you get off the plane, you'll want to make sure to have this form plus your identification on hand. Canadian citizens are able to travel to Cancun with a copy of their birth certificate and a picture ID, while citizens of the United States and elsewhere around the world will need a passport and sometimes a visa. After a customs official reviews this paperwork you'll be press a button which will turn a light green which means you are free to go, or red which lets you know you'll be subject to further inspection. This is completely randomized.

If you live in the United States the list below may be useful. The online booking services may not recognize the best options so it can be handy to see a summary of which airlines actually provide direct service to this location.

Cancun International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Austin, TX, USA AUS AirTran
Baltimore, MD, USA BWI AirTran
Chicago, IL, USA MDW AirTran
Chicago, IL, USA RFD Frontier Airlines
Cincinatti, OH, USA CVG Aeromexico, Frontier Airlines
Cleveland, OH, USA CLE Frontier Airlines, United Airlines
Detroit, MI, USA DTW Aeromexico, Delta Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines
Fresno, CA, USA FAT Aeromexico
Indianapolis, IN, USA IND Frontier Airlines
Kansas City, KS, USA MCI Frontier Airlines
Lansing, MI, USA LAN Frontier Airlines
Las Vegas, NV, USA LAS Aeromexico
Los Angeles, CA, USA LAX Aeromexico, Delta Airlines, United Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA Aeromexico, American Airlines
Milwaukee, WI, USA MKE AirTran, Frontier Airlines
Minneapolis, MN, USA MSP Delta Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Aeromexico, Jet Blue
Pittsburgh, PA, USA PIT AirTran, Frontier Airlines
Salt Lake City, UT, USA SLC Frontier Airlines
San Antonio, TX, USA SAT Aeromexico, AirTran
San Francisco, CA, USA SFO Aeromexico, United Airlines
St. Louis, MO, USA STL Aeromexico, Frontier Airlines

This chart displays airline companies that are flying directly out of airports in Canada.

Cancun International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Calgary, Canada YYC Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines
Edmonton, Canada YEG Sunwing Airlines
Halifax, Canada YHZ Air Canada
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines
Quebec City, Canada YBQ Sunwing Airlines
Regina, Canada YQR Sunwing Airlines
Saskatoon, Canada YXE Sunwing Airlines
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada YAM Sunwing Airlines
Thunder Bay, Canada YQT Sunwing Airlines
Vancouver, Canada YVR Sunwing Airlines
Winnipeg, Canada YWG Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines

If you're going to fly from a location in Europe the table below will be useful.

Cancun International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines

Flying to Akumal from the Caribbean

See the table below for a listing of scheduled air service from other regional airports. Even if there aren't any flights directly from an airport near you, a connecting flight from another airport could be a very good solution.

Cancun International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Belize BZE Maya Island Air
Cozumel, Mexico CZM MAYAir

Next Stop, Akumal

There are a few different ways to get to Akumal from the airport, but taking a taxi is not one of them because taxis are prohibited from picking up passengers at the airport. Your options include hiring an airport transfer service that is approved by the airport, or taking the bus or a collectivo. You can also rent a car and make the scenic coastal drive yourself. Highway 307 is one of the country's major roadways that is well kept, and easy to drive on. If you'll drive yourself, you'll head northeast from the airport, taking the ramp onto Carretera Cancun – Tulum/Carr Federal 307. As you drive, you'll follow the road right, then left, then after about 45 minutes take the first left toward Calle 16, finally taking a right onto Calle 16, where you will find yourself in Akumal.

It doesn't get much easier than that and most tourists are quick to say yes to flying to their Akumal getaway as soon as they learn the process is such a manageable one. If this sounds like you, keep an eye out for deals on flights. They come around often, but you definitely don't want to miss them.

You can take a look at this table if you want to call the regional air charter operators.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location
Aero Saab Main Office (998) 873-0501 Playa Del Carmen Airport - 1.3 mi. (2.0 km) South West of Playa del Carmen Mexico
Aero Saab Service from CUN (998) 873-0501 Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun Mexico
Aero Saab Service from CZM (998) 873-0501 Cozumel International Airport - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Northeast of San Miguel Cozumel
Aero Saab Service from Holbox (998) 873-0501 Holbox Airport - Holbox Holbox
Aero Saab Service from ISJ (998) 873-0501 Isla Mujeres Airport - 1.2 mi. (2.0 km) North-Northwest of Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Cancun Executive VIP Transport (998) 850-3084 Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun Mexico
Sky Tour (866) 420-9265 5.6 mi. (9.1 km) South West of Playa del Carmen Mexico
 

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