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New Tulum airport to connect directly to the Tren Maya

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The soon-to-open airport in Tulum is now confirmed to have a direct connection with the Tren Maya, but what this means exactly is not yet clear. Photo: Courtesy

The federal government’s massive new airport in Tulum will connect directly with the Tren Maya, according to the federal authorities.

The airport is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, at roughly the same time that the Tren Maya officially begins operations.

That said, the government recently announced that the connection may not be operational until early 2024.

However, the government has not been clear on what this direct connectivity between the Tulum airport and the Mayan Train will look like in reality.

One possibility is that the airport will have a dedicated rail station, while there are also suggestions that some type of shuttle or light rail train could offer a shuttle service. 

According to President López Obrador, when the airport begins to operate at full capacity, it will become the nation’s third busiest airport, after México City’s Benito Juarez and Cancún International. 

A screen capture from a government-issued video during the summer of 2023 shows the Tulum Airport rising. Photo: Courtesy 

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As the deadñome looms closer there is little official information regarding exactly how far along the new airport’s construction is. 

In late August, a press statement announced that construction of the new airport was at 55%.

Construction photos at of the Tulum airport are hard to come by, as the project is under the umbrella of the Tren Maya program, which by presidential decree is a matter of national security. Photo: Courtesy

However, the few images released only depicted the construction of the exterior of the airport.

The new airport in Tulum follows the flawed opening Felipe Angeles Airport on the outskirts of Mexico City. 

When the Felipe Angles airport first began operations in late March 2022, the lack of running water in several bathrooms and zero sit-down restaurants caused several airlines to reconsider their plans. 

Tulum is known for its turquoise waters and ancient Mayan ruins. It is a popular destination for its laid-back atmosphere, upscale dining, and vibrant nightlife.

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.
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