Cancun Airport was first built in 1942 as a strategy to boost the region’s main industry at the time: the chewing gum industry.
Some theories mention that the runway was also used to smuggle Quintana Roo from Belize, among other men, by exactor Pedro Infante Cruz.
It was later closed for many years until 1970, when Infratur (now Fonatur) came up with the idea of making Cancun a key tourist destination.
The old runway was cleared, as claimed by the jungle, and work began on the new Cancun airport.
On February 5, 1973, the first commercial flight, a Douglas DC-6 from Mexicana de Aviación, landed at Cancun Airport. Not without first requiring a better runway condition. The funny thing is that despite the denial of the owners about the landing of their planes here, today, the flights of this company arrive or depart from Cancun airport every half hour.
However, the construction of an even newer airport was necessary when the popularity of the destination began to spread. This is how the real airport, the 5 terminals, was built. At this new airport, the first commercial flight landed on May 12, 1975.
But before, for the inauguration of the first constitutional governor of Quintana Roo, Jesus Martinez Ross, held in the city of Chetumal, many special guests, including federal deputies, chose to come to Cancun and from there do the transfer that would take them. in the capital of Quintana Roo. Interestingly, even though the international airport had been operating for a week, it was the old airport, the Kabah, where all the transfer operations to Chetumal were carried out.
So, if you’ve seen the old Control Tower, you know now that it was built as a reminder of the location of the old airport: Kabah Avenue (Rodrigo Gómez).