Although it has an airport in town, you do not usually fly directly into Playa del Carmen. Instead, most visitors come into town through the Cancun airport. However, there is a Playa del Carmen airport that offers charters, activities, and more. We’ll cover how to fly into Playa del Carmen, and what you can do at the airport in Playa del Carmen.
What Airport to Fly Into?
To get to Playa, you will likely be flying into the Cancun airport. Opened in 1974, this airport is the fourth busiest in Latin America, and the second busiest in the country. It handles tons of international flights to and from the United States, Europe and more. This is the best way to get to Playa, and likely will be your only option.
To get from the Cancun airport down to Playa del Carmen is relatively easy. You can take the ADO bus, arrange a private transportation (often cheapest, and what we do), take a taxi, or rent a car. You can read more in post about getting down to Playa at https://therivieramaya.org/cancun-to-playa-del-carmen/.
About the Playa del Carmen Airport
The airport in town is located just at the south end of the city, before Playacar starts. You may see planes coming and going, and wonder what’s going on. There are not currently any commercial flights, but this is an active little airport.
So, if there aren’t commercial flights into the airport in Playa, what’s going on? Well, a few things. First, you can charter a private plane from the airport to Cancun, Cozumel, Holbox, Chichen Itza, Merida, and more. Aero SAAB runs these charters, and offer a great way to get private transportation in a small airplane right from town.
There are also multiple companies offering air tours out of this airport. The aforementioned Aero SAAB offers panoramic tours of Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Chichen Itza, and more. This is a fun way to see the beauty of the area from a new perspective!
Finally, there is also a skydiving company that operates right here. They do a wonderful job, and it’s an incredible place to jump! In addition to the normal thrill of jumping out of an airplane, you get to do it over the beautiful waters of the Caribbean. The landing on the beach in Playacar is also a great addition.
Coming in Through Cozumel
There’s also a little airport over on the island of Cozumel. Unlike the one in Playa, the Cozumel airport does handle some commercial flights. The flights are mainly to and from mainland Mexico, Florida, and the southern United States. These are relatively expensive flights, and in an out of an extremely easy airport.
If you’re coming to Playa del Carmen, you can easily take the ferry from Cozumel to arrive. Flying into Cozumel is an option for many people, but the vast majority will come through the Cancun airport.