Cancun Airport Adds New 4th Terminal
Earlier this month, Cancun International Airport inaugurated its new 4th terminal for domestic and international flights. Terminal 4 is expected to route approximately 9 million passengers through its 18 gates at what is now the second busiest airport in Mexico and the country's busiest airport for international travelers, receiving an estimated 31 million passengers per year.
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The Caribbean Journal reports that, "Cancun’s airport has already reported a rise in flights from the U.S. this year, thanks in large part to the lift in flight restrictions established by an agreement between the U.S. and Mexican governments in August of last year."
This is great news for those of us living in the Riviera Maya, as well as for snowbirds, tourists, and investors looking to earn income with high-yield rental properties. Better airport infrastructure, new direct flights to U.S. and other international cities, and more efficient check-in and boarding technology mean that it’s now easier than ever to travel to and from the region.
Photo: Cancun Airport
The new Terminal 4 will service 47 airlines and offer 36 self-service check-in kiosks, over 100 check-in and boarding kiosks, and dynamic technology to provide real-time updates to passengers. It’s designed to be able to keep up with the rapid growth that our area is currently experiencing as a result of robust tourism and increasing numbers of expats and retirees relocating to beach towns along the coast, including Akumal, Puerto Aventuras, and Tulum.
And this rapid growth is expected to continue, as current exchange rates favor domestic travel for nationals and make Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and the entire Riviera Maya region an increasingly affordable destination for foreign tourists and those looking to relocate abroad.
In fact, International Living Magazine recently named Mexico, and the Riviera Maya region in particular, the Best Place to Retire in 2017, noting its close proximity to the U.S., low cost of living, high-quality healthcare, and overall easy transition to expat life.