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Few people know it, but besides the Cancun and Merida international airports, there is another “doorway” to the Mayan world. This one is much more closer, actually. Just 17 kilometers from the renowned archaeological site by the same name, Chichen Itza International Airport is located in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula. With a 2.8-kilometer long and 45-meter wide runway, it has a control tower, plus a rescue and fire-control center. Besides this, the airport is equipped with up-to-date facilities and is able to receive any type of aircraft.
Although it was closed in 2000 due to inactivity, the airport was opened again providing all services and new installations for the superb concert of the tenor, Placido Domingo, on 2008. Some political, economical, and medical (the H1N1 hysteria) issues have unfortunately affected this hidden, yet well-located airfield. Presently, it's only receiving some local charter flights from Cancun, Cozumel, and Merida, but it is expected to start functioning on an international basis soon. Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and the USA are some of the countries that may have direct flight connections to this region with one of the most visited tourist attractions in Mexico.
Airport Photos: Diana Eugenia
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