Traveling to Chetumal by Airplane

There are several different ways to fly to Chetumal

Tourists planning a getaway in Chetumal shouldn't be fooled by the fact that there is an international airport located within the town. At this time, international air travel is not common. Instead, arrangements should be made to fly to either one of the two largest airports in Mexico where you can then transfer to Chetumal.

Chetumal Ferry Terminal

The Chetumal International Airport (CTM) is one that is capable of handling a small amount of international air traffic; however, at this time it does not. Currently there are just a few flights between Mexico City and Chetumal aboard InterJet several times daily. This means tourists have the option of flying to the Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) then taking the domestic flight into Chetumal.

Chetumal International Airport has a 7,244 foot long runway as well as a cafe that is open in the morning, a 102 spot parking lot, and several rental car agencies, and serves approximately 155 thousand passengers annually.

Benito Juárez International Airport

Serving more than 30 thousand passengers annually, the Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) is the busiest airport in the country and the second busiest airport in all of Latin America. The airport welcomes flights from over 30 different airlines, both domestic and international. There are two terminals and two runways, both of which are asphalt and more than 12,500 feet long. Driving from the airport is not recommended as it takes 13 to 14 hours to fly nonstop.

Cancun International Airport

Also common is for tourists to fly to Cancun International Airport (CUN) then drive to Chetumal, usually stopping along the way at other popular destinations – sometimes for days. The drive takes four hours, so many tourists prefer to split the drive up and see many of the Mexican Caribbean's important sites as they head south along the coast.

Known locally as Aeropuerto Internacional Cancún, this is the regions more modern facility and the second busiest in the entire country. Every major airline operating form the United States and Canada offers regular flights to this destination, and in part because of this is able to serve 14 million passengers each year. Amenities at the facility include numerous shops, restaurants, banks, and rental car agencies, as well as VIP and business lounges, a salon and spa, and facilities for the disabled.

Tourists traveling through this airport should be aware of customs procedures here, which are slightly unique. As you do with most destinations, you'll fill out a customs form while still on the plane and present it to a customs official when you arrive. The official will look over your form and have you push a button. If the light connected to the button turns green, you are free to exit the airport; however, if it turns red, you are subject to further inspection. This process is completely randomized, but on average about every seventh passenger gets searched.

Flying to Chetumal from the Caribbean

With several different ways to fly to Chetumal, you'll probably spend a good deal of time reviewing which flights work with your schedule, depart from the nearest destination to you, and fits within your budget. Knowing what your options are will help to cut down on the time you spend planning this portion of your trip.

Be sure to look at this chart to reach one of the regional air charter services.

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 CZM (998) 873-0501 Cozumel International Airport - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Northeast of San Miguel Cozumel
Javier's Flying Services (501) 824-0460 Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport - 8.8 mi. (14.1 km) West-Northwest of Belize City Belize
Sky Tour (866) 420-9265 5.6 mi. (9.1 km) South West of Playa del Carmen Mexico
Tropic Air (800) 422-3435 San Pedro Airport - San Pedro Ambergris Caye

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