Third U.S. Airline Lands Its First Flight In Tulum Airport

Making it to the stunning Riviera Maya is now easier than ever. On March 31, Tulum International Airport (TQO) celebrated the arrival of the first-ever United Airlines non-stop flight from Houston.

This inaugural flight carried 146 passengers and was followed by a sister flight from Newark/New York. 

But that’s not all. United will also start operating non-stop flights from Chicago on Sunday. With this addition, the carrier will be connecting Tulum to a total of eight US cities. 

This way, United joined American and Delta which also started operations to Tulum on March 28.

Located 90 miles away from Cancun and 18 miles away from Tulum, the Felipe Carrillo Puerto airport will give Americans whole new access to the internationally renowned Riviera Maya.

“Tulum is at the top of a lot of travel lists – great beaches and restaurants, and a region featuring a rich history and spectacular natural beauty,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice president of Network Planning and Alliances. “Our new direct flights help people get there faster than ever, giving them even more time to enjoy one of Mexico’s most unique destinations,” he said.

As per United website, Americans are now able to find flights from Tulum to Houston for as little as $235.

Other International Airlines Landing in Tulum in 2024

Other alternatives to traveling non-stop to Tulum and nearby towns from the United States include:

Delta Air Lines

Delta is offering a daily round trip from Atlanta.


Starting June 13. JetBlue will start operating a daily nonstop flight from New York (JFK).

American Airlines

This airline operates two daily flights from Dallas to Tulum and one daily flight from Charlotte and Miami. 

American has operated an astonishing number of over 40 daily flights from 18 US destinations to Cancun and now Tulum only this season.

Spirit Airlines

In the near future, Spirit will operate a daily round-trip flight from Fort Lauderdale and another from Orlando. The exact date is yet to be announced.

Governor Mara Lezama stated that with these new flights, over 6,160 weekly passengers will have the chance to experience firsthand the Mayan culture, its gastronomy, and its natural Caribbean beauty.