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Old 12-26-2006   #1 (permalink)
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Tulum International Airport

As I look around the net for real estate ideas in the PDC/Tulum area, I read somewhere that there is a new International airport scheduled to be built in or around Tulum. Does anybody know anything about this airport. For example, when constructions begins, when it completes, is there already an airport there right now, impact on the local area and tourism?
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Old 12-26-2006   #2 (permalink)
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There is not an existing airport in Tulum, the one up and coming will be the first for the area.

A few runways have already been cleared. No buildings have been built yet.

Last conversation I had with a Tulum business owner two weeks ago was that they still were not sure where to put the terminal buildings and they also did not know when the completion date would be.

Impact? Well, it'll lighten up the load coming into the already overcrowded Cancun airport and shorten the ride to the resorts that are on the southern end of Riviera Maya. The Tulum area is going to be developed but the people in charge are trying their best to proceed in an environmentally friendly way.
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A few runways have already been cleared. No buildings have been built yet.
So this is not simply a rumor floated around to boost real estate sales?
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Hi Michael!

Anyway.....according to my very reputable source who lives and owns a business in Tulum - no. When I asked him about the Tulum airport his answer was "The ony two questions remaining are WHERE and WHEN". He went on to say "They have three runways cleared but are still figuring out where to lay out the terminal buildings".

So while this is second hand info - I consider it to be pretty darn reliable....mostly.
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If you take a look in Google Maps (link below), you can clearly see that there has been a runway for a longer time.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...8,0.048366&t=k
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If you take a look in Google Maps (link below), you can clearly see that there has been a runway for a longer time.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...8,0.048366&t=k

To land a 747 you need about 12 thousand feet of runway.
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To land a 747 you need about 12 thousand feet of runway.
I didnīt say it was a commercial size runway,

It may not be a big airport, maybe it's an airfield, but anyway is for fliying machines,
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I met with a British fellow last week that lives on his 70 foot sportfish yacht in Puerto Adventuras. He is building a condo hotel in the Tulum area. He showed me aerial photos of the new airport. There are two runways that have been cut in, but not much else. I am not sure what the one runway (Google) is for because in the aerial photo you can clearly see two runways. Tulum is certainly an up and coming area for real estate investment IMO.
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The old strip was part of a Naval Air Station much like the one that served Valladolid several years ago. Personally, I think that the area could use another field for a relief/evacuation center when the next hurricane hits. You might lose two fields but not three.
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The new airport is to be located at about the 13 kilometer marker up the road toward Coba. It was my understanding that the construction was to start after the beginning of this year with a 2 to 2 1/2 year completion date expected for opening. Sites have been sold around the airport for businesses planning to rent cars and provide airport services, so real money has been committed to this. There are also several real estate projects that are in production off of the Coba road for construction of large homes in what is now jungle. I understand that some real estate professionals envision the road to Coba becoming quite densely populated with homes, services and probably some expanded townships.

The Tulum master plan was passed last year requiring low density (two story maximum, and lower density as you get closer to the water) with a limited area available for habitational construction. There is slated to be a large golf course near the water and a large expanded campus for the University of Tulum, which will become a major outpost of the national university system.
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So this is not simply a rumor floated around to boost real estate sales?
I dont think so Micheal. The best information I have is that the airport will be built and fairly soon.
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Hey, I was not sure that anybody that has posted on Tulum Airport (including myself) has the correct information so I decided to call ASUR in Mexico today. ASUR owns/operates all nine (major) airports in MX. I finally got through to a guy that seemed to be in charge (in charge of what - I don't know). He was very noncommittal about an airport in Tulum. He said that he could only talk about the nine current airports that ASUR has in MX. I finally did get him to admit that they (ASUR) had not received governmental approval to build this airport in Tulum yet. Now does that clear up everything .I always wonder does governmental approval mean possibly paying off the right people . I assumed that after our conversation (and he spoke excellent English) that eventually (with governmental approval ) a new airport will certainly be built. The question is "How Soon"
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Just to add a detail, I hadn't thought or heard about it before, but Delmy commented to me in passing the other day, as we made our way down 15th between town and Playacar, that the current airstrip in Playa will be taken out. So I guess no more short hops across the water to and from Cozumel or to whatever other points.

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Just to add a detail, I hadn't thought or heard about it before, but Delmy commented to me in passing the other day, as we made our way down 15th between town and Playacar, that the current airstrip in Playa will be taken out. So I guess no more short hops across the water to and from Cozumel or to whatever other points.

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I guess that means more condos, commercial development, etc., etc. Maybe Playa needs another new shopping mall . I am sure that land the airport is located on is extremely valuable. I am truly amazed just how much Playa has grown (especially in the northern end) in the 5+ years since I fell in love with Playa. That is progress, isn't it - like it or not.
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And take a look on Google Earth on the other side of the highway, the town is humongous.
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