While Airlines Fly To Tulum International Airport


If you haven’t heard by now, Mexico’s Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport a.k.a. Tulum International Airport commenced commercial operations on December 1, 2023.

Tulum International Airport was built as a secondary gateway to the Riviera Maya district and Yucatan Peninsula, and is expected to relieve some of the overcrowding at Cancun International Airport.

Currently, only three domestic airlines operate out of Tulum, including Aeromexico Connect, Viva Aerobus and most recently, Mexicana. From the end of March 2024, the new airport will see service from various U.S. and Canadian carriers, with the first flights arriving on March 28.

In this article, we will cover the details of carriers currently flying in, as well as those expected to start service later this year.

Current Airlines Flying To/From Tulum

Aeromexico Connect

Aeromexico Connect currently operates once daily service from Mexico City (MEX) with their Embraer E190s (even though they may throw in the oddball main line Aeromexico Boeing 737). From January 8, service will double up to 2x daily flights.

Viva Aerobus

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The Monterrey low-cost carrier has spread its wings, adding connectivity from four cities, with a fifth starting in March 2024 as follows:

  • Tijuana (TIJ) – Tulum – Sundays
  • Monterrey (MTY) – Tulum – Daily Service
  • Guadalajara (GDL) – Tulum – Sundays, Mondays, Fridays
  • Mexico City (MEX) – Tulum – Daily Service
  • Mexico City Santa Lucia (NLU) – Tulum – Daily Service starting from March 1, 2024

Mexicana de Aviacion

After shutting down in 2010, the Mexicana brand is back in the skies under the management of the Mexican Ministry of Defense. Operating out of the newly built Felipe Ángeles International Airport (NLU) in Santa Lucia, Mexicana is offering flights to Tulum on Sundays, Mondays and Fridays.

This service will be operated with their Boeing 737-800, but this may change in time as the airline has long term plans to operate Embraer E-Jets, Airbus A320s and possibly Boeing 737 MAX 8s.

Delta Air Lines adding flights from Atlanta from March 28, 2024

Delta will be one of the three international airlines to touch down on March 28, operating daily flights from Atlanta with a Boeing 737-800.

“Delta is uniquely positioned to give customers convenient and direct access from the U.S. to Tulum, a premium leisure destination known for its boutique hotels, Mayan ruins and eco-friendly spirit,” said S.V.P. of Network Planning Joe Esposito. “We know Tulum-bound customers will enjoy the elevated experience Delta consistently offers – and now without a two-hour drive from Cancun – as we grow our footprint in Mexico and throughout the Yucatan region.”

Flight NumberOriginDeparture TimeDestinationArrival TimeFrequency
DL1787Atlanta (ATL)11:10 a.m.Tulum (TQO)1:00 p.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)
DL1788Tulum (TQO)2:25 p.m.Atlanta (ATL)5:55 p.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)

American Airlines adding flights from Miami, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Charlotte from March 28, 2024

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American will be sending in the army with four flights from March 28, 2024. All flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800s as follows:

Flight NumberOriginDeparture TimeDestinationArrival TimeFrequency
AA159Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW)8:30 a.m.Tulum (TQO)11:20 a.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)
AA159Tulum (TQO)12:20 p.m.Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW)3:10 p.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)
AA163Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW)12:20 p.m.Tulum (TQO)3:10 p.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)
AA163Tulum (TQO)4:10 p.m.Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW)7:20 p.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)
AA157Charlotte (CLT)11:20 a.m.Tulum (TQO)1:20 p.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)
AA157Tulum (TQO)2:20 p.m.Charlotte (CLT)6:15 p.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)
AA172Miami (MIA)12:10 p.m.Tulum (TQO)1:10 p.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)
AA172Tulum (TQO)2:10 p.m.Miami (MIA)5:10 p.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)

Spirit Airlines adding flights from Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale from March 28, 2024

Spirit is also joining Delta and American, launching two daily flights from Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, both of which join the party on March 28.

“Tulum is an increasingly popular choice for leisure travelers, and our direct flights from Florida will make a getaway to Mexico’s enchanting coastline more accessible than ever, just in time for spring break,” said John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning at Spirit Airlines. “We have a long history of serving Mexico, and Tulum’s new airport is a great addition that will make it easier for our Guests to get to the city and enjoy its beaches, history, and variety of unique experiences.”

Both flights will be operated by an Airbus A320neo.

Flight NumberOriginDeparture TimeDestinationArrival TimeFrequency
NK1551Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)10:20 a.m.Tulum (TQO)11:15 a.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)
NK1552Tulum (TQO)12:05 p.m.Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)3:00 p.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)
NK345Orlando (MCO)1:00 p.m.Tulum (TQO)2:10 p.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)
NK346Tulum (TQO)3:00 p.m.Orlando (MCO)6:10 p.m.Daily (Starts March 28, 2024)

United Airlines adding flights from Houston, Chicago, Newark and Los Angeles from March 31, 2024

United Airlines is expected to be the fourth international carrier to touch down at Tulum, with plans to operate flights from four of its hubs.

“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,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice president of Network Planning and Alliances. “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.”

Service from Houston, Chicago and Newark is expected to be year round, while Los Angeles will launch as a seasonal flight. All of its flights will be operated with Boeing 737-900s.

Flight NumberOriginDeparture TimeDestinationArrival TimeFrequency
UA365Houston-Intercontinental (IAH)9:35 a.m.Tulum (TQO)11:55 a.m.Daily (Starts March 31, 2024)
UA366Tulum (TQO)1:05 p.m.Houston-Intercontinental (IAH)3:31 p.m.Daily (Starts March 31, 2024)
UA1600Houston-Intercontinental (IAH)12:07 p.m.Tulum (TQO)2:25 p.m.Daily (Starts March 31, 2024)
UA1601Tulum (TQO)3:35 p.m.Houston-Intercontinental (IAH)6:00 p.m.Daily (Starts March 31, 2024)
UA2031Newark (EWR)10:07 a.m.Tulum (TQO)1:15 p.m.Daily (Starts March 31, 2024)
UA2032Tulum (TQO)2:25 p.m.Newark (EWR)7:23 p.m.Daily (Starts March 31, 2024)
UA1950Chicago-O’Hare (ORD)9:13 a.m.Tulum (TQO)1:00 pm– Saturdays from April 6, 2024
– Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May 23
– Daily from May 26
UA1951Tulum (TQO)2:10 p.m.Chicago-O’Hare (ORD)6:05 p.m.– Saturdays from April 6, 2024
– Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May 23
– Daily from May 26
UA1752Los Angeles (LAX)10:10 a.m.Tulum (TQO)4:54 p.m.Daily (May 23 to August 18, 2024)
UA1753Tulum (TQO)6:00 p.m.Los Angeles (LAX)9:05 p.m.Daily (May 23 to August 18, 2024)

Air Canada Rouge adding flights from Toronto and Montreal from May 3, 2024

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Air Canada will be the first Canadian carrier to launch service to Tulum, with planned service from early May 2024.

“I celebrate this great announcement from Air Canada. Without connectivity there is no tourism, and the two new routes to the new Tulum International Airport, which is ready to receive five million passengers, will boost the arrival of tourists from our second most important source market for international tourists,” stated Lic. Miguel Torruco Marqués, Secretario de Turismo, Mexico.

The carrier will operate these routes with its leisure-focused Air Canada Rouge aircraft from Toronto and Montreal. The routes will be serviced with their Airbus A321-200s as follows:

Flight NumberOriginDeparture TimeDestinationArrival TimeFrequency
AC1854Toronto (YYZ)8:15 a.m.Tulum (TQO)11:20 a.m.Fridays and Sundays (starting May 3, 2024)
AC1855Tulum (TQO)12:30 p.m.Toronto (YYZ)5:35 p.m.Fridays and Sundays (starting May 3, 2024)
AC1874Montreal (YUL)8:15 a.m.Tulum (TQO)12:00 p.m.Saturdays (starting May 4, 2024)
AC1875Tulum (TQO)1:10 p.m.Montreal (YUL)6:45 p.m.Saturdays (starting May 4, 2024)

JetBlue adding flights from New York from June 13, 2024

“With picturesque beaches and vibrant cultural heritage, Tulum has proven to be a destination in demand by seamlessly blending ancient and modern, in a country that continues to lead with world-class hospitality,” said David Jehn, vice president, network planning and airline partnerships, JetBlue. “With the new international airport in Tulum, we are able to bring our customers where they want to go, arriving and departing in a brand new, modern, and convenient airport facility while offering the great service and low fares JetBlue is known for.”

JetBlue will start flying daily between the Big Apple and Tulum from June 13, 2024, operating once daily service with their Airbus A320.

Flight NumberOriginDeparture TimeDestinationArrival TimeFrequency
B62879New York (JFK)7:55 a.m.Tulum (TQO)11:15 a.m. Daily (starting June 13, 2024)
B62880Tulum (TQO)12:45 p.m.New York (JFK)5:55 p.m.Daily (starting June 13, 2024)

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