The nearest major airport is El Paso, Texas, approximately 2.5 hours from Carlsbad. There is an U.S. Immigration and Naturalization checkpoint between El Paso and Carlsbad, so be sure to have identification with you. Shuttle buses to and from the El Paso airport will be available on January 6 and 12 for a cost of $50 one way.
Smaller airports are located in Hobbs and Roswell, New Mexico, about 1 hour’s drive from Carlsbad. Rental cars are available at all airports.