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The Mérida airport is always busier for the Easter holidays. Photo: Reporteros Hoy

Airport traffic has risen dramatically in advance of the Easter holidays.

The Mérida airport administrator, Óscar Carrillo Maldonado, said that incoming flights this weekend will be fully booked.

Carrillo Maldonado estimated that in the coming days, occupancy will increase by 15% on flights from Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Tijuana. The passenger boost began Friday.

For this week the airport has 264 operations scheduled, plus private and cargo flights.

A year ago, the airport was practically a ghost town. By April 2020, no more than 900 travelers passed through daily, about 10% of normal. International flights were gone and passengers were here only for work reasons.

The tourism rebound is not complete. In previous years, airlines would add extra flights to Yucatán, and that has not happened this year.

“Although there is no increase in frequencies as happened before at Easter, it is noticeable that there are more passengers on regular flights,” Carrillo Maldonado said.

Carrillo Maldonado recalled that in normal years, airlines scheduled up to seven or eight more frequencies a week and with larger planes.

The Mérida airport currently operates 18 daily flights, with 10 routes to Mexico City and one each to Guadalajara, Querétaro, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Hermosillo and Tijuana. Internationally, Mérida has daily flights to Miami and Houston.

Source: Reporteros Hoy

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