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Airports across Mexico report new all-time passenger records

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Mexican airports are busier than ever as tourists continue to pour into the country. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht 

Airports across the country have reported higher-than-expected passenger volume during the first week of December. 

On Saturday Cancún International Airport set a new single-day operational record with a total of 660 flights.

“We are thrilled to see so much activity, but it of course comes with its own challenges of both a security and logistic nature,” said Cancún’s airport director Carlos Trueba Coll.

The story has been similar in Mexico City’s Benito Juaréz airport, though cloudy weather conditions have been causing significant delays.

Even in Mérida’s usually easy-going airport things have been much busier than normal, with the constant buzz of incoming and outgoing flights to destinations in Mexico and abroad. 

Earlier: The smart traveler’s guide to flying to the Yucatán Peninsula

Travel industry experts argue that the surge in passengers is likely due to travelers opting to leave earlier for winter holidays after having accumulated more time off than usual due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Oaxaca’s International Airport has reported higher-than-average passenger volume, especially on its international flights. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Like in much of the world, Mexico’s government is no longer demanding the use of facemasks at airports or on aircraft, though a handful of travelers can still be regularly seen taking this precaution.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry, it would really stink to have COVID mess with everyone’s travel plans once again, so it’s a small price I am happy to pay,” said a German tourist a Mérida’s International Airport. 

One of the consequences of the unusually high volume of arrivals has been a lack of taxis, especially at Cancún international where ride-sharing apps like Uber and Didi are prohibited. 

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