Last updated on February 28, 2018
Cancun, Q.R. — New U.S. statistics show nearly 4 million Americans landed at the Cancun International Airport in 2017, with the highest rate of US travelers arriving from Atlanta, Los Angeles and Dallas.
The head of the Ministry of Tourism of Quintana Roo, Marisol Vanegas Perez, says that a recent report by the Department of Commerce of the United States reported 3,942,135 Americans landed at the Cancun International Airport during 2017, a figure that reflects an increase of 7.1 percent over the previous year.
According to the US report, the most-traveled from American airports include Atlanta, with 8.4 percent of passengers heading to Cancun followed by Los Angeles with 7.7 percent. The third most traveled-from airport was Dallas, with 7.6 percent of passengers departing Dallas International for a trip to Cancun.
Other American airports with high Cancun destinations include Chicago (7.31 percent), New York (7.19 percent) and Houston (7 percent) followed by Denver, Newark, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Lauderdale, Miami, Detroit and Baltimore.
American airports with the highest growth rate of departures bound for Cancun were Los Angeles, Chicago O’Hare, New York JFK, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, all of whom grew by double digits.
The report shows that although the travel months of August, September and October were affected by tropical storms and hurricanes, the market recovered in December, ending the year with increased figures over 2016.
All-in-all, 2017 remained a steady travel season for Cancun with the Cancun International Airport serving just over 23.6 million passengers. The Ministry of Tourism reports that during 2017, Mexico received 39 million visitors, an increase of nearly one million from the previous year.