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Tulum’s new airport, Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO), is scheduled to open on December 1st. With this new airport, US carriers have been busy adding service to take advantage of demand for Tulum travel this spring. The city, located on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, is known for its beaches and preserved Mayan ruins. The coastal area also offers mangroves and cenotes (natural limestone sinkholes) for visitors to explore.
Delta Air Lines was first out of the gate with daily, nonstop service from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) beginning in March (more here). Spirit Airlines quickly followed with both Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) having nonstop, daily flights to Tulum coming on March 28th (more here). American Airlines announced its own new flights last week (more here) from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), and Miami International Airport (MIA) daily (also starting on March 28th).
Now, United Airlines is adding flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Across these hubs, United will operate 22 daily flights to Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO). Flights between Chicago, Houston, and Newark commence on March 31st and Los Angeles service will begin on May 23rd. At its peak, United will have five daily flights.
Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Alliances, said:
Tulum is at the top of a lot of travel lists – great beaches and restaurants, and a region featuring a rich history and spectacular natural beauty. Our new direct flights help people get there faster than ever, giving them even more time to enjoy one of Mexico’s most unique destinations.”
United is growing its network in Latin America and the Caribbean by 25% this winter. It will remain the largest US airline to Central America. Cancun International Airport (CUN) will see more than 200 weekly flights from eight US cities during the winter.
Anthony’s Take: It was only a matter of time before United announced that it was joining American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Spirit Airlines. Tulum is a much quieter more relaxing vibe than Cancun. With all of these new flights, I hope that it doesn’t change due to overcrowding.
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