Travelers on tight time budgets find it useful to save a day by flying, instead of driving or busing, over the Sierra between Oaxaca City and the Pacific resorts of Puerto Ángel, Bahías de Huatulco, and Puerto Escondido.
Alternatively, light charter airlines (in the general aviation terminal, the building to the right as you face the main terminal) connect Oaxaca City with various points within Oaxaca. Aerotucan (in Oaxaca City, Alcalá 201, upper floor, suite 204, tel. 951/501-0530, toll-free outside Oaxaca Mex. tel. 800/640-4148, infor [at] aerotucan [dot] com [dot] mx, www.aerotucan.com.mx) regularly connects Oaxaca City with Puerto Escondido, Huatulco, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, and Puebla.
Local Flying Tips
Mexican airlines have operating peculiarities that result from their tight budgets. For example, don’t miss a flight—you might lose half the ticket price. Adjusting your flight date may cost 25 percent of the ticket price. Get to the airport at least an hour ahead of time. Last-minute passengers are often “bumped” in favor of early-bird standbys. Conversely, go to the airport and get in line if you must catch a flight that the airlines have claimed to be full—you might get on anyway. Keep your luggage small so you can carry it on. Lost luggage victims receive scant compensation in Mexico.
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Oaxaca, 5th edition