Cancun, Q.R. — For the second time in a week, residents of Cancun have lent a hand to travelers who remain stuck at the Cancun Airport.
Another expression of generosity and concern was shared by a Cancun family who arrived at the airport to offer food to those who are still there. Photos of the family were shared across social networks.
One of the photos expressed their thanks for people coming to visit the city. “My family and myself want to thank you for visiting Cancun. We hope to see you soon, We are arms wide open to welcome you again soon. Please accept this detail as a sign of hospitality. God bless you and help you return safe and healthy to your country of origin.”
The generosity comes amid the closing of businesses and layoff of thousands of workers around the Cancun, Riviera Maya region.
Late last week, a tortes sandwich shop in Cancun made dozens of sandwiches for the tourists who remain at the airport due to flight restrictions and closed borders.
The State Secretary for Tourism Marisol Vanegas Pérez, has offered stranded tourists hotel accommodations at low-rates, however, some remain at the airport. She says although these visitors are cared for, the main responsibility falls on their consulates, which must advocate for them with their governments to organize humanitarian flights to take them back to their homes.
“Commercial flights can no longer depart due to restrictions from their countries, not ours, but they can manage a humanitarian flight to repatriate,” she said. The stranded tourists are mainly from Peru, Argentina and Chile.