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Los Cabos Airport Is Preparing For A Record-Breaking 2023 

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As a very busy year for Los Cabos International Airport comes to a close, the airport is already preparing for a record-breaking 2023.  Nearly 8 million passengers are expected to fly into the airport for vacations in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo next year.  This represents an increase in passengers of about 10 percent compared to this year, which has also been a record-breaking year for tourism in Los Cabos. 

Westjet Plane at Los Cabos Airport on the tarmac with the bridge attached to the plane and workers on the ground with a view of hills in the background.

As Los Cabos becomes more and more popular, the expansions that are taking place at the airport become even more important and they are not done expanding yet.  The project to expand Los Cabos International Airport began back in 2018 but was delayed during the Covid pandemic.  Now, since work on the airport has begun again there have been some much-needed additions added that will help deal with the growing traffic. 

Aerial View of Cabo San Lucas From an Airplane with a view of land and sea.

Work on the airport started with the new construction of Terminal 3 and it too is scheduled to be completed by next year.  In addition, work is being done on the existing Terminal 2, including the addition of nine more gates that will significantly help organize airport activity.  The completion of both of these parts of the bigger overall project are being made possible due to an investment of more than $13 million. 

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Tourists Waiting at Los Cabos Airport Gate with more tourists in the background.

Additional gates have already been added to Terminal 2 and there will be more to come, along with unknown updates to Terminal 1 as well.  In the end, there is expected to be a total of 19 gates in Terminal 2, nine of which will have bridges to board the airplanes.  The other 10 gates will require boarding from the tarmac but will still help deal with the growing airplane traffic at the airport. 

Tourists Getting Off a Plane n the tarmac in Los Cabos at Los Cabos International Airport.

By the end of this year, Los Cabos will have served more than 7 million tourists at its international airport.  Many of these visitors come from the United States because the warm weather beach destination is so close in proximity.  This geographical closeness means a lot of flight availability, fairly inexpensive airline tickets, and from at least half of the country, pretty short flights as well. 

Los Cabos International Airport gate with tourists waiting for their flights, standing with luggage, reading a magazine, and resting.

Not only has Los Cabos become the go-to destination for the average American looking for a quick beach getaway, or a long leisurely vacation somewhere with year-round nice weather, but celebrities as well.  In fact, quite a few Hollywood A-listers frequent Cabo San Lucas and/or San Jose del Cabo.  A few celebrities have even owned homes in Cabo, including American movie star George Clooney and American model Cindy Crawford. 

Beautiful view of a San Jose del Cabo beach and the coastline.

The biggest draw for tourists in Los Cabos is the opportunity to enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities, and even though the beaches are hugely popular, there are many more activities to enjoy in and around Los Cabos.  Of course, there is an endless list of water activities to enjoy, like kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, and scuba diving, just to name a few, but there are plenty of land activities too.  Hiking at nearby nature preserves, camel or horseback riding through the desert or down the beach, and ATVing are some of the many options available. 

Horseback riding in San Jose del Cabo along the beach with a view of the water and sandy beach.

Los Cabos tourists leaving the sunny vacation destination currently have to be at Los Cabos International Airport about three hours before their flight departs.  And while the upgrades to the airport may not change this timeframe, they will definitely make the airport a little bit easier to maneuver.  This is good news for the millions of tourists who visit Los Cabos every year. 

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