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Cancun and Cozumel Receive 2.4 Million Tourists In First Two Months of 2021

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Cancun and the state of Quintana Roo continues to defy the odds in the face of the pandemic. While most countries around the world are suffering from low international flight numbers, the resort city of Cancun and surrounding tourism hotspots including Cozumel have re-established 55 routes from different cities around the world. In the first two months of 2021, the Quintana Roo airports received 2.4 million passengers of which 1.3 million were international visitors the Cancun Sun reported.

Cancun and Area Receive 2.4 Million Tourists In First Two Months of 2021

Darío Flota Ocampo, Director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council (CPTQ), said that of the total routes, 43 are from the United States, 7 are from South America and 5 are from Europe. Ocampo stated that new routes are being added every month as Cancun sets its eyes on a full tourism recovery.

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“Of the international cities reaching Quintana Roo directly, 8 are from the U.S to Cozumel and 35 are to Cancun which has lead to a strong recovery in international flight connectivity from the United States,” Darío Flota Ocampo stated.

According to Flota Ocampo, Quintana Roo continues high level talks with airlines around the world regarding the steps the state is taking to help guarantee the safety of its visitors. This combined with a strong demand from tourists has helped re-establish flight connectivity.

New Flights To Cancun From Spain

Monday will mark another new flight that stopped operations over a year ago.  Evelop Airlines will resume operations from Madid, Spain.

“We had already announced that on March 8, the flight from Madrid with airline Evelop of Grupo Barceló will arrive.’’ said Flota Ocampo. The passengers arriving on the flight will be receiving a warm welcome through a reception arranged in honor of attending one of the first flights from Spain to arrive, which will be on airplane Airbus 350.

Evelop Airline taking off

Portugal Add Multiple Flights To Cancun

Another arrival in Cancun this month from other parts of Europe is a flight from Portugal’s airline division ‘orbest’. Orbest is currently owned by Iberojet and has a flight scheduled to arrive in Cancun at the end of March.

Flight arrivals to Cancun will expand in availability to three flights per week from other airlines such as Air Portugal, which will begin landing at Cancun’s international airport on March 27, according to Flota Ocampo.

Quintana Roo Looks To Recover All International Routes Before End Of Year

Prior to the pandemic there were 123 international routes operating at Airports in Quintana Roo. While 55 international routes have already resumed, Cancun and the state have their eyes set on fully recovering all international routes by the end of this year.

According to the Cancun International Airport, there are between 300 and 350 daily operations and the majority are from international routes.

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Cancun Sign

Cancun Reduces Immigration Wait Times To 2 Minutes Or Less

Last week in response to photos and videos that went viral of long lines at the Cancun International Airport, Mexico’s immigration officials deployed 100 immigration officers to Cancun, which will allow international travelers arriving in the resort city to clear immigration in 2 minutes or less.

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Thursday 11th of March 2021

Travellers should be cautious going to Cancun or Cozumel as the risk if Covid19 is increasing with the the increase in travellers. I have been in Cozumel since Jan 9th and the health precaution measures have been and for the local population still are excellent. But the local Authorities are failing miserably at advising tourists to wear masks. Too many tourists are wondering the streets with no masks. The volume of tourists has increased in the last 2 weeks as is the number of people not wearing masks. Videos of large groups at resorts partying with no masks. Now with the variants, things are likely about to change significantly. Unfortunately for the worst unless local Authorities step up surveillance and enforce regulation relative to Covid and masks.