Cancun airport in Mexico passes pre-pandemic tourism brand – NBC Chicago
Mexico took a major milestone in September when the airport at the country’s largest resort, Cancun, surpassed pre-pandemic passenger levels.
The Airports of the Southeast group, which operates the terminal at the Caribbean coast resort, said on Wednesday it welcomed 1.66 million passengers to Cancun in September, 4.4% more than in the same month of 2019. .
In January 2020, the coronavirus pandemic drastically reduced the number of passengers and only around 854,000 passengers used the airport in September 2020.
It is not clear, but highly possible, that the number of passengers at Cancun Airport for the entire year 2021 could be equal to or greater than the annual number for 2019.
Mexico has never instituted quarantine or testing requirements for inbound passengers, in part to avoid affecting the country’s tourism revenue.
In June, the resort town of Cozumel, south of Cancun, welcomed the first arrival of a cruise ship carrying passengers since the pandemic essentially collapsed that industry.
The Mexico City Youth Institute has started rolling out Mexico’s famous masked wrestlers in Latin America’s largest wholesale market to enforce mask-wearing and social distancing to fight COVID-19.
The state of Quintana Roo is home to the resorts of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The state depends on tourism for 87% of its economic activity.
Anecdotal evidence suggests tourists are drawn to Mexico’s Caribbean resorts in part because there has been no lockdown and health precautions are largely voluntary. Many visitors throw off their masks when they reach their hotels or beach clubs.
The state saw an upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the spring, in part linked to increased travel around Easter week, and partial cuts at businesses like hotels and restaurants have been implemented to stem the outbreak, which has since abated.
Mexico has never imposed a strict European lockdown.
Mexico and Caribbean resorts are now seeking COVID tests for U.S. tourists