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New all-time passenger record at Mérida airport

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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.
Optimism abounds in Yucatán’s tourism and hospitality sector as passenger numbers continue to increase at Mérida’s airport. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Mérida’s international airport has registered nearly a quarter of a million passengers in a single month, an all-time record. 

Traffic at the airport is expected to continue growing throughout the summer and fall with the addition of new flights and routes. 

“This is clearly a fantastic sign. We will continue to work to promote Yucatán as both a great place for leisure and business,” said Tourism Secretary Michelle Fridman Hirsch.

Several domestic airlines, including Viva Aerobus and Magnicharters, have announced that they will be increasing their number of daily flights to Mexico City.

More restaurants and services are opening up to accommodate the growing volume of passengers. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gacht / Yucatán Magazine

Other recently announced domestic routes include direct flights to Puerto Vallarta and Léon, Guanajuato

“We have really seen an explosion in demand, so we are adding additional flights to make sure our passengers get to where they need to go,” according to a press statement from Viva Aerobus.

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Viva Aerobus has also announced that it will add flights to Toluca in Mexico State but will not schedule flights to Mexico City’s new and controversial Felipe Angeles airport.

There has also been much speculation about re-establishing a direct route between Mérida and Europe, though no definitive plans have been announced. 

But flights from international destinations, especially the United States, are also on the uptick, with the majority operating at well over 80% capacity, according to SEFOTUR.

Despite the dramatic increase in activity in Mérida’s airport over the past two years, authorities say the existing facilities are only working at about 25% capacity. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The news comes as a breath of fresh air to the tourism and hospitality sector that for nearly a year and a half had dragged to a complete halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It has not been easy, but we have survived. But it’s not time to sit on our laurels and let down our guard. We must work harder and smarter than ever,” said Iván Rodríguez Gasque, president of Yucatán’s commerce and tourism union. 

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