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Cancun International Airport Expands to Meet Rising Tourism Demand

Actualizado: 12 jul 2018

The already very modern Cancun International Airport is poised for another expansion according to a new 2019-2023 investment plan released by Mexico’s leading airport operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, or Asur. The new investments are coming on the heels of consistently rising (and often record-breaking) tourism numbers year after year in Mexico’s entire Riviera Maya region, which stretches about two hours south from Cancun and includes Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum. Read on to learn more about this magical region’s growth and see what makes the Mexican Caribbean one of the world’s best beach vacation destinations!

“The Cancun International Airport is poised for additional expansion as the booming destination continues to smash visitor records”, wrote TravelPulse.

Cancun Airport Expansion

For now, upwards of 6.1 billion pesos ($303.5 million USD) has been allocated by Asur to build a new Terminal 5 at the Cancun International Airport.

Money will also be spent on a variety of upgrades over the next five years at the nearby international airport on Cozumel island, which lies just offshore from downtown Playa del Carmen and has also seen notable passenger traffic increases in recent years. In addition, the airport’s master development plan will go forward with a total investment of 24.4 billion pesos (1.2 billion USD) over the next 15 years.

“Visitor and hotel occupancy numbers are up significantly in Cancun and the surrounding Riviera Maya region”, added TravelPulse.

Working to keep up with growth, the Cancun airport just completed the expansion of Terminal 4 at the end of 2017 and return visitors will notice the upgrades as soon as they land.

Tourism Growth in Cancun,Riviera Maya and Costa Maya!

Following a trend that can be traced back to the region’s establishment as a major beach destination, Cancun,Riviera Maya and Costa Maya hosted at least 8 million visitors in 2017. This signaled a nearly 3 percent jump for Cancun and a jaw-dropping 8.5 percent rise for the Mexican Caribbean over the 2016 tourism numbers.

What’s more, the Mexican Caribbean coast enjoys a 52 percent return visitor rate because…

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