Discount domestic trips lead MID’s stunning growth

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A passenger waits for his departure at the Mérida international airport. Lee Steele / Yucatán Magazine

Mérida’s airport is growing by leaps and bounds.

Not only has it more than doubled in passengers since 2021, as it was climbing out of the Pandemic. Now it’s projected to receive a record one million passengers in the first half of next year.

Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport, or MID, welcomed more than 888,000 passengers in the first half of 2023, said the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation. That makes Mérida’s airport the eighth busiest in Mexico after Mexico City, Cancún, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Monterrey, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.

Guy Fieri’s Flavortown dominates the dining selection at the new departure gates area at Mérida’s international airport.

Air connections from Mérida are increasing as well. At the beginning of August, a new route to Puebla was introduced by Viva Aerobus.

The airline has 13 routes from MID, flying to Mexico City (AICM), Guadalajara, León, Monterrey, Querétaro, Toluca, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Puebla, Havana, Santa Clara and Camagüey, these last three destinations in Cuba.

Between January and June 2023, Viva Aerobus was MID’s top airline, transporting more than 670,000 passengers, 36% more than the previous year. 

Another sign of growth: A full-scale lounge is finally being built at Mérida’s international airport, where “VIP salons” have traditionally been underwhelming. Photo: Lee Steele / Yucatán Magazine

Going into the first half of 2024, MID’s growth is projected at 43%, exceeding a million passengers. 

That’s helped by the arrival of Mexicana Airlines — formally known as Mexicana de Aviació — which has been resuscitated by the federal government and will make Mérida among its 20 destinations.

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