Cancun, QR. The Cancun International Airport closed in 2021 with a total of 22.3 million passengers mobilized, which represents that it recovered 89% of the 25.1 million passengers in 2019, that is, before the pandemic.
In international passengers, the terminal mobilized 13.2 million travelers, a 20% drop compared to the 16.5 million in 2019; while in domestic traffic it exceeded the levels prior to the pandemic by transferring 9 million passengers, against the 8.9 million registered two years ago.
On December 18, it reported 648 operations in one day, which was close to its historical record established in 2018, when in one day it reported 659 flights, a fact that was highlighted by Governor Carlos Joaquín González, who in his account of Twitter commented: “Historic Saturday for #CaribeMexicano! We have 648 air operations at the # Cancun airport, we are about to exceed the March 2018 record of 659 operations. Welcome tourists, enjoy and take care of your health! ”.
In addition to this, Cancun tops the list of destinations with the best air connectivity for 2022, with a total of 56,951 flights and 10 million 505,000 seats, as well as an estimated spill of 11.712 million dollars.
In 2019, 48,361 flights were carried out, with 7 million 684,000 passengers transported, according to the federal Tourism Secretariat.
At the end of last December, the Federal Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, assured that the traffic of flights and passengers in the country’s airports will have a favorable behavior in 2022, according to information from the Official Airline Guide on the programming of both items for the whole of next year.
Added to this are new flights to cities such as Lisbon, Barcelona, Warsaw, Vienna, Sao Paolo and Holguín, which prior to the health crisis had no direct connection with the Mexican Caribbean, said Benjamin Jiménez, director of Strategic Planning of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo (CPTQ).
He explained that the rise in the availability of airplane seats is due to the fact that airlines are programming their largest aircraft to the Mexican Caribbean, that is, before the pandemic, the most common aircraft that landed in Cancun were Boeing 737s with maximum capacity. of 197 passengers; Dreamliner models with up to 300 seats are currently landing.
“Not only are we getting more planes, but also those planes are bigger,” he explained.