The much-anticipated opening of the Cancun International Airport Terminal 4 will take place this year. With the opening, passenger flow through the Riviera Maya’s main airport will increase significantly. Cancun and the Riviera Maya are currently the number one Mexican destination for both national and international travellers. The improvements to the area’s main airport will to help continue this success by improving national and international connections.
In the last quarter of 2016, one billion pesos were invested into the airport. The main focus has been on the timely construction of the new fourth airport terminal. Adolfo Castro is the General Director of Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR). He is confident that the new terminal will be open by the fourth quarter of 2017, with everything seemingly on schedule and on budget.
“We’ve invested one billion pesos in the fourth quarter of 2016, mainly in the construction of Terminal 4. In total, capital expenditures for 2016 of 1.8 billion pesos were in line with our master development plan.”
The new terminal will have a capacity of 9 million passengers per year, greatly increasing the potential passenger flow through Cancun International Airport.
Cancun International Airport Experiencing Strong Number of Passengers
Thanks to the success of the tourism industry in the state of Quintana Roo, the airport is already experiencing high levels of passengers. Marisol Vanegas Perez is the State Secretary of Tourism. He has stated that for the summer months of 2017, “We expect the arrival of 2.2 million travellers in our paradise and if this figure is achieved, it will be a new record for Cancún”.
The Future of Cancun International Airport
Cancun is the main international airport for Mexico and Latin America’s main tourist destination. So it’s no wonder that such figures are achievable. By being committed to improving the airports facilities, the state can ensure the continued growth of Riviera Maya tourism. This seems to be the case, according to Federal Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero. He has commented that there is currently no plan for a new airport in Quintana Roo in the long term. However, he did emphasise that a possible project for a new airstrip could begin in the medium term. This could facilitate smaller aircraft for local connections that would compliment current flight services.
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