Covering such a wide range of area, tourists considering flights to the Yucatan Peninsula have several different airports to review. While there is more than one international airport in the region, for most people the Cancun International Airport will be their destination of choice.
Inside the country, travelers can also fly to Isla Mujeres, Playa Del Carmen, Chichen Itza,Holbox, and Majahual airports. These are exclusively for domestic flights. However, travelers may fly in to an international airport, then travel across the country to these smaller airports.
Located at the northeast tip of the Yucatan Peninsula is the Cancun International Airport (CUN), which will be the main point of entry for tourists visiting the region. It is the second busiest airport in all of Mexico, but the busiest with regards to international air travel. Because every major international airline offers regular and direct flights to this destination, it will almost always be the easiest place to book a flight to. From there, you will be able to fly to many of the other airports in the region or use ground transportation to get to your final destination.
Cancun International consists of two runways, two international terminals, and one domestic terminal. Those who will be continuing on via plane to the town they'll be visiting will be able to take a free shuttle from the international terminals to the domestic terminal to avoid a long walk. The terminals have been split into 68 gates, and throughout the facility you will find five sit down restaurants, a food court, plenty of shopping, and other extra amenities like medical and disabled services, rental car agencies, lockers, and VIP and business lounges.
Cancun International's security offerings include Mexico's first CT scanning system for luggage, and when you travel through customs you'll experience a randomized screening process in which a button you press will turn a light green or red to indicate whether or not you will be subject to further inspection.
Campeche is located in the southwest corner of the Yucatan Peninsula along the Gulf Coast. Campeche Ingenerio Alberto Acuna Ongay International Airport (CPE), better known as the Campeche International Airport is set about four miles southeast of the city. This airport is a very small one, that although capable of handling international flights on its 8,202 foot long asphalt runway, currently only sees planes fly in from Cancun International and the airport in Mexico City. Traveling from Cancun International to Campeche by car takes at least five hours, so booking a domestic flight with airlines like Interjet and VivaAerobus is a great way to save time.
Nearly as far away from Cancun International, but situated on the opposite coast, Chetumal has its own airport as well; the Chetumal International Airport (CTM). It is a small building with one terminal, a few shops, a cafe that only operates in the morning, and a few rental car agencies. Also like the Campeche Airport, Chetumal can handle international air travel, but currently only welcomes domestic and charter flights with InterJet being the main airline that lands here.
If you're visiting the island of Cozumel, which is located in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Playa del Carmen, your best option is to fly to the Cozumel International Airport (CZM) in the city of San Miguel. A handful of international airlines offer direct flights to this airport, but you can also fly to Cancun International, then switch to MayaAir and fly to Cozumel. The airport has a 8,858 foot long asphalt runway and services 450 thousand passengers each year.
Another airport exists in Playa del Carmen, but the airport is so small that it is rarely used by visitors on their way to Playa del Carmen. Charter flights provide the majority of air traffic.
Most flights from the United States are nonstop to Cancun, and direct flights typically connect in San Juan or St. Thomas. Travelers looking to cross the country in planes will be able to tell the popularity of the flight by the price of the ticket. Lower-priced tickets are often on the most popular routes, and special deals may be offered.
|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|
There are few places in the Caribbean that have as many direct flights to and from Canada as the Yucatan Peninsula. Over a dozen Canadian cities see service to Cancun International, so Canadian residents should face few problems reaching this paradise. Just keep in mind that some of the routes might be seasonal, so be sure to check with your preferred airline before getting your hopes up.
|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|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
European travelers benifit from Mexico's important status in Latin America - it is one of the easiest destination to find direct flights to. London, Paris, and Frankfurt all have direct flights, making it easy to cross the Atlantic. While these cities leave out Eastern, Southern, and the far Northern parts of Europe, the local airports there should all have flights to London and Paris.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines|
|Belize||BZE||Maya Island Air|
Opting for an air charter gives the traveler a greater degree of freedom. They get to fly on their schedule and take whichever route they want. Just be warned that charter flights often cost more, take longer, and tend not to have the backing of a multi-national company.
The following chart shows how to get a hold of an air charter firms serving this region.
|(998) 873-0501||Playa Del Carmen Airport - 1.3 mi. (2.0 km) South West of Playa del Carmen||Mexico|
|(998) 873-0501||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun||Mexico|
|(998) 873-0501||Cozumel International Airport - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Northeast of San Miguel||Cozumel|
|(998) 873-0501||Holbox Airport - Holbox||Holbox|
|(998) 873-0501||Isla Mujeres Airport - 1.2 mi. (2.0 km) North-Northwest of Isla Mujeres||Isla Mujeres|
|(998) 850-3084||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun||Mexico|
|(866) 420-9265||5.6 mi. (9.1 km) South West of Playa del Carmen||Mexico|
|(800) 422-3435||San Pedro Airport - San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
Checkpoints staffed by security officers regularly check baggage, carry on luggage and passengers. Random passenger inspections are also becoming part of the routine at many airports. Travelers should plan to arrive at least two hours or more before the scheduled time of departure.
Regulations for carry-on luggage prohibit items such as scissors, nail clippers, knives and razors. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a full list of items at their website, www.tsa.gov/public/index.jsp, or call 866-289-9673 in the United States.
Taking note of the following standards for carry-on luggage and personal effects will help travelers to reach their plane in a timely manner:
Before leaving for the airport, call the airline to confirm the actual time of your flight's departure. Make sure to bring (and keep readily accessible) your passport and ticket or e-ticket confirmation page. All U.S. citizens, including minors, are required to produce a valid passport. Only ticketed passengers will be allowed to pass through security.
The carry-on limit per passenger is one carry-on bag plus one private item such as a briefcase, laptop case, or purse. Liquids, aerosols and gel toiletries must be contained in 3.4 ounce (or less) bottles, in a clear zip-type plastic bag measuring one quart or smaller, and placed separately in a bin to pass through the x-ray machine.
Should you wish to bring food or beverages on board, you will need to purchase them after you have cleared security.
If you plan to bring gifts or presents with you, leave them unwrapped to avoid possible damage, or consider shipping them to your destination.
Bring a signed note from your doctor if you have any metal surgical implants to avoid further delays.
Travelers visiting Cancún will find flights a quick and easy option when trying to reach this vacation paradise.
To learn more specific information for flying into areas within Yucatan, read our local Air Travel guides for some of the most popular destinations in the Mexican Caribbean.
|Playa Del Carmen|
Cancun is the easiest airport for most tourists to fly to, but as you can see, it certainly is not the only option. After reading a bit about each choice, you'll decide for yourself how to get to your getaway in the Yucatan Peninsula.
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