How to Get to Huatulco
One of the most common questions asked by travelers headed to Huatulco is, “how do we get there?”
Generally speaking, there are two main gateways that lead to Huatulco airport (HUX): Houston from the US and Mexico City (D.F.) from Mexico. The other way into Huatulco is through direct charter flights (more info below).
This is the only airline offering connecting service into Huatulco’s airport. With flights coming out of Continental’s hub in Houston, Texas there is direct service into HUX. Flights typically depart Houston at 11:45 and arrive in Huatulco between 2 and 2:30pm. In high season, departing flights leave Houston every day except Saturday; return flights leave Huatulco Monday through Thursday. You can expect the average return ticket (originating from the US) to cost anywhere from $300 to $900. Keep your eyes open for seat sales and advance ticket purchasing discounts. Last minute rates tend to be the most costly for travelers.
Flights can be searched and booked on Continental’s website: https://www.continental.com
AIR CANADA, DELTA, UNITED, AMERICAN AIRLINES, AERO MEXICO, ETC.
All major carriers offer service to Mexico city. If originating from a major US or Canadian city, you can often find direct flights to Mexico City (MEX) through Air Canada, Delta, United and/or Continental. Once in Mexico City, you can access domestic carriers to take you the rest of the way.
The above carriers can be searched using mainstream travel sites such as Travelocity.com, Expedia.com, etc. These sites allow you to compare costs and flight options.
MEXICANA AIRLINES/MEXICANA CLICK
This is North America’s oldest airline, with operations dating back to the early 1920s! Up until mid 2010, one of the main carriers offering service to Huatulco was Mexicana Airlines, flying through Mexico City. Unfortunately, Mexicana ceased operations in August 2010 after filing for bankruptcy. However, there is talk of the airline getting back in the air…If that happens, the airline will resume service with 28 planes, flying 17 international routes to the U.S. and Central America and seven domestic services. LET’S KEEP OUR FINGERS CROSSED!!
There are a few carriers in Mexico that offer daily service from MEX to HUX. These airlines include:
AeroMar – www.aeromar.com.mx
Interjet – www.interjet.com.mx
VivaAerobus – www.vivaaerobus.com
Each of these domestic carriers offer two daily flights from Mexico City to Huatulco. When travelling from the northwestern US, it can be challenging to find connecting flights that work on your way there. It often comes down to either a red-eye connection or an overnight in Mexico City. If an overnight in MEX is required, travelers are often relieved to learn that there is a Camino Real Hotel connected to the airport terminal by tunnel. Rates are very reasonable and there is no transportation required. The hotel is probably comparable to a mid-range chain in the US (like Holiday Inn), but it gets the job done. It has onsite amenities including three restaurants, bars, a fitness center and pool and shops. If you have the time, you’ll probably arrive much more rested by option for this option…but to each their own!
In Canada, it has come down to one charter company offering direct service to Huatulco – SUNWING. This tour provider offers reasonably priced flights direct from major CDN cities into Huatulco’s aiport. Information on this airline can be found by visiting them online at: www.sunwing.ca
The limitations of going this route are that you are forced to stay for a full week and subsequently, you are extremely limited in the days of the week that you can depart and return. The other drawback is that delays are very common among charter providers. It is not unheard of to have a flight running 4+ hours late and unfortunately, Huatulco’s airport doesn’t offer any entertainment. You are limited to killing time at the one restaurant and/or three shops…
The benefits are that you don’t have to deal with connections and the cost is usually significantly lower.
In the US, there is a charter service offered by USA3000 out of Chicago with departure and return flights on Saturdays – much more convenient than most charter options. The cost seems to range from about $450 – $650 return on this airline. Again, the charter option, as above, forces weekly stays but the benefit comes in the form of cost savings and the convenience of a direct flight.