How to Reach La Gloria by Airplane

Fly to Cancun then take a bus or rent a car to complete the journey to La Gloria

La Gloria is nestled about halfway between Playa del Carmen and Akumal on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Although there is no airport here, planning to fly is still one of the easiest forms of transportation from overseas. A plane ride to the airport in Cancun coupled with a short drive will get you right to your destination.

Cancun International

Flying to Cancun International Airport is incredibly easy. Every major airline from the United States and Canada offers flights to this destination on a regular basis, and if you are able to fly direct from a regional hub you'll find flights are often available several times a day. From more remote destinations, you can book flights that connect to air hubs and rarely have to stop more than once.

The airport itself has two asphalt runways, three terminals, and 68 gates through which over 14 million people annually fly in and out. Once at the airport, there are five sit-down restaurants, a dozen or so quick service restaurants, specialty and duty free shops, a pharmacy, and a salon and spa. You'll also be able to utilize medical services, facilities for disabled, VIP and business lounges, the branches of local banks located here, and a collection of rental car agencies.

When you arrive, you'll present your identification as well as a customs form that you would have received on the plane. The unique thing about traveling through Cancun International is that in an effort to cut down on profiling they have randomized the process by which they select passengers for searches. The passengers themselves will press a button that will turn a light either red or green. If the light turns red, then you are subject to a more thorough search.

Flying to La Gloria from the US

There are numerous flights from the United States that have direct service to Cancun. You should have no trouble finding one that is close by. If you do happen to be in one of the few places that does not have a nearby airport with direct service, your local airport will most likely be able to connect to one that does.

When flying from the U.S. this chart may be useful. Not all of the options you will see listed on the internet are logical choices so it helps to see a summary of which airlines 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

Flying to La Gloria from Canada

Canadians too will have few issues finding a flight to Cancun. From there travelers just have to head south to La Gloria.

The following table shows which airlines offer direct flights from Canadian airports.

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

Flying to La Gloria from Europe

With three cities having direct flights, Cancun is one of the easiest cities in the Caribbean to travel to from Europe. This helps make La Gloria a very realistic destination for European tourists.

If you'll be traveling from across the Atlantic the following list is the one you need.

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 La Gloria from the Caribbean

Oddly, flying to Cancun from another Caribbean city is not as popular as one would think. Still, the process means just one or two connections before reaching Cancun.

See the table below for a complete list of air service from other Caribbean airports. Even if you can't take a flight directly from an airport near you, making a connection through another regional airport might be your best option.

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

The following chart indicates how to contact a regional air charter service.

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

Next Stop, La Gloria

When you arrive at the airport in Cancun, your next step will be either to rent a car from one of the many agencies at the airport, or hop on a bus. If you prefer to take a cab you'll have to leave the airport, walk down the main road, and hail a taxi off the street. Taxis are not allowed to pick up passengers from the airport.

The most budget friendly option is to take the ADO bus. It costs about 106 pesos per person to get to Playa Del Carmen, which is about $8(USD). From the main bus terminal there at the corner of 5th Avenue and Juarez, you can switch buses than continue along the coast. ADO buses are known for their comfortable seating, air conditioning, and cleanliness.

It may take you an extra step to get to La Gloria, but you should still have a relatively easy time making arrangements. Even so, it is recommended that you begin planning and booking your air fare as soon as possible to score the best deals and ensure you get a flight at the time that works best for you.


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