Capital Region International Airport (LAN) at Lansing, Michigan is getting its first international nonstop service this winter, with charter flights to the popular resort destination of Cancun in Mexico.
Apple Vacations, which claims to be the world’s largest vacation operator to Mexico, will begin the flights on December 27 using sister carrier USA 3000’s 150-seat Airbus A320s. Apple Vacations is pricing Cancun tour packages from Lansing from $699.99 (for 7 nights in late January), including round-trip airfare, airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations based on double occupancy, hotel taxes and hotel baggage handling. All-inclusive vacations start at $999.99, and include the above plus all meals, drinks, entertainment, non-motorized watersports and gratuities.
Robert Selig, executive director of the Capital Region Airport Authority, says the airport expects to announce more international services soon. Its new status as a U.S. international gateway airport comes as a result of Capital Region International Airport’s recent opening of a new $4.3 million, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Station, which is located at the east end of the airport’s main terminal.
LAN is the only international airport in Michigan outside Detroit with a full-service U.S. Customs and Border Protection Inspection Station. The new inspection station is capable of processing up to 200 international airline passengers per hour.
In recent years the Capital Region International Airport has seen nearly $20 million in airport improvement projects, including extension of the main runway to 8,500 feet to allow operation of medium-to-long-haul flights by widebody aircraft.