Cancún International Airport
Cancun International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún
|Operator||Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste|
|Location||Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||20 ft / 6 m|
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste
Cancún International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún) (IATA: CUN, ICAO: MMUN) is located in Cancún, Quintana Roo, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. It is Mexico's second busiest airport, after Mexico City International Airport, but the biggest for international passengers. In 2017, Cancún airport handled 23,601,509 passengers, a 10.21% increase compared to 2016.
It has two parallel operative runways that can be used simultaneously. The airport was officially opened in 1974. The airport is operated by Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR). It is a focus city for Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobus and Volaris, and currently offers flights to over 20 destinations in Mexico and to over 30 countries in North, Central, South America and Europe.
The airport has been expanding as it has become the busiest point of entry by air to the country. In 2005, ASUR invested US$150 million for the construction of Terminal 3, inaugurated in 2007, and a new runway and a new control tower opened in October 2009. The new 2,800 meters long, 45 meters wide runway was built to the north of the current one; the new control tower is the tallest in Latin America standing at 97 meters tall.
Terminal 2 was recently expanded in 2014. A 76,000 m2 expansion in Terminal 3 was simultaneously carried out, adding six gates and commercial areas, and it was formally opened in March 2016. The expansion should contribute to increase annual capacity to 10 million from the existing 6 million. Terminal 4 was opened at the end of October 2017, much to excitement from the local politicians.
The airport has four terminals, all of which are currently in use.
Terminal 1 has 7 gates: 1-7A. After suffering damage by Hurricane Wilma, it was temporarily closed for remodeling in order to accommodate charter airlines operating into the airport. It re-opened in November 2013 to charter flights; which serves only one airline, Magni.
Terminal 2 has 22 gates: A1-A11 (in a satellite building) and B12-B22 (at the main building). Most domestic airlines depart from here, along with all international flights to Central and South America and a few long-haul flights to Europe. There is a bank and food outlets in the check-in area, along with several restaurants and shops in the boarding area and immigration/customs services. A VIP airport lounge operated by Global Lounge Network serves domestic and international travelers.
Terminal 3 has 21 gates: C4-C24. It has been recently expanded. Most US carriers as well as some Canadian and European carriers use this terminal. It offers shops (including duty free), cafés and restaurants, as well as immigration/customs services.
Terminal 4 has 12 gates and opened in October 2017. The terminal is able to handle 9 million passengers a year. Airlines flying to terminal 4 include Aeroméxico, Interjet, Air France, Lufthansa, Air Transat, WestJet, Condor, Southwest Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air Europa, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country Airlines. An on site hotel is also planned to be opened around the same time frame as well as a parking structure. The addition of terminal 4 made Cancun International the first airport in Mexico to have four terminals.
Airlines and destinations
|Amerijet International||Belize City, Ciudad del Carmen, Mérida, Miami|
|Estafeta Carga Aérea||Mérida, Miami|
|FedEx Express||Mérida, Miami|
|Year||Total passengers||% change|
|1||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||2,383,631||Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris|
|2||Monterrey, Nuevo León||553,403||Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris|
|3||Houston (airports George Bush & Hobby),[Notes 1] Texas, United States||427,162||Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines|
|4||Chicago (Midway & O'Hare airports),[Notes 2] Illinois, U.S.||399,119||2||American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines|
|5||Guadalajara, Jalisco||394,524||3||Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris|
|6||Toronto–Pearson, Ontario, Canada||388,659||1||Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet|
|7||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.||372,871||2||Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines|
|8||New York City, New York, U.S.||370,732||2||American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, JetBlue Airways|
|9||Los Angeles, California, U.S.||368,754||3||American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines|
|10||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.||367,057||6||American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines|
|11||Miami, Florida, U.S.||288,106||2||American Airlines|
|12||Panama City, Panama||278,307||1||Copa Airlines|
|13||Denver, Colorado, U.S.||228,297||Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines|
|14||Montréal, Quebec, Canada||221,850||1||Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet|
|15||London, United Kingdom||220,179||1||British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways|
|16||Newark (New York City), New Jersey, U.S.||217,993||United Airlines|
|17||Bogotá, Colombia||201,513||2||Avianca, Interjet, LATAM Colombia, Wingo|
|18||Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.||189,507||1||American Airlines|
|19||Havana, Cuba||162,636||3||Aeroméxico, Cubana de Aviación, Interjet|
|20||Madrid, Spain||156,633||Air Europa, Calima Aviación, Wamos Air|
|21||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.||150,493||Delta Air Lines, Sun Country Airlines|
|22||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.||149,675||1||JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines|
|23||Lima, Peru||146,654||1||Avianca Perú, LATAM Perú|
|24||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.||145,143||6||American Airlines, Frontier Airlines|
|25||Calgary, Alberta, Canada||119,019||Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet|
|26||Manchester, UK||118,774||Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways|
|27||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.||117,974||Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines|
|28||Ciudad Veracruz, Veracruz||113,977||MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris|
|29||León, Guanajuato||105,555||11||Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris|
|30||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.||105,490||1||Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines|
|31||San Francisco, California, U.S.||101,405||1||United Airlines, Virgin America|
|32||Washington D.C., U.S.||99,068||3||Delta Air Lines, United Airlines|
|33||Puebla, Puebla||89,924||7||Viva Aerobus, Volaris|
|34||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||85,329||1||Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet|
|35||Orlando, Florida, U.S.||78,279||4||Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways|
|36||Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.||76,529||4||American Airlines|
|37||San José, Costa Rica||76,031||2||Avianca Costa Rica, Viva Aerobus, Volaris Costa Rica|
|38||St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.||68,853||4||Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines|
|39||Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas||61,066||2||Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Viva Aerobus, Volaris|
|40||Buenos Aires, Argentina||57,221||3||Aerolíneas Argentinas|
|41||Toluca, Distrito Federal||55,993||5||Interjet, Volaris|
|42||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||50,121||American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways|
|43||Ciudad Querétaro, Querétaro||47,871||8||Viva Aerobus, Volaris|
|44||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||47,438||1||Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet|
|45||Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.||44,226||1||Delta Air Lines|
|46||Villahermosa, Tabasco||42,716||1||MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris|
|47||Austin, Texas, U.S.||41,156||1||Southwest Airlines, United Airlines|
|48||Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.||37,269||3||Frontier Airlines, United Airlines|
|49||Brussels, Belgium||36,267||7||TUI fly Belgium|
|50||Seattle, Washington, U.S.||32,837||3||Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines|
- Official statistics include George Bush and Hobby Airports.
- Official statistics include Midway and O'Hare airports.
Accidents and incidents
- On March 15, 1984, Aerocozumel Flight 261 crashed soon after takeoff. No one died in crash but, one of the passengers died of a heart attack while moving through the swamp.
- On September 9, 2009, hijacked Aeroméxico Flight 576 landed at Mexico City International Airport from Cancun International Airport.
- On January 19, 2010, a Mexicana Airbus A318, flight MX-368 from Cancun to Mexico City, with 45 passengers suffered a mishap at takeoff. Both the outboard and inboard core cowling of the left hand engine separated, hitting the fuselage and the semi-left wing leaving residues on the runway; a few minutes later, a Click Mexicana Boeing 717, flight QA-7323 from Havana to Cancun suffered the puncture of two tires while landing; in both incidents no casualties or injured passengers were reported.
- 2011 - Best Airport in Latin America - Caribbean of the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International and 2nd Best Airport by Size in the 5 to 15 million passenger category.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
- "ASUR Announces Total Passenger Traffic for December 2017". PR Newswire Association. January 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
- "History". Cancun Online Community. August 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
- "Cancun opens second runway as traffic grows 30% in two years; US routes lead way". anna.aero. October 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- "Inaugurated Terminal 3 of Cancún Airport (in Spanish)". Periódico El Economista. March 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- "Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Call Transcript" (PDF). Aeropuertos del Sureste. October 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
- theyucatantimes.com - Cancun airport’s new 4th terminal will open Oct. 10
- cancuniairport.com - Cancun Airport Terminal 4
- "Aeroméxico contracts: removes 5 planes and eliminates 9 routes" (in Spanish). Reportur. October 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
- "Air Canada adds new Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Hawaii flights". travelweek. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
- "Frontier Airlines announces flights from Vegas to 2 Mexican cities". News3 Las Vegas. August 2018. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
- "GOL plans Cancun launch in June 2019". Routes Online. September 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
- "Southwest extends schedule". August 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
- "Sun Country adds new seasonal routes June - August 2018". March 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
- Swoop Seasonal Flights. "Swoop heads to Mexico with new Cancún flights ex YHM". Travelweek.
- "Charterflyg Stockholm-Arlanda till Cancun, Mexiko, 1 vecka" (Web) (in Swedish). Ving - Part of the Thomas Cook Group. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
- "TUI Airways UK S20 long-haul changes as of 12NOV18". Routes Online. November 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
- "Only Flight". tui.dk.
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- "Volaris will launch flight between San Salvador and Cancun" (in Spanish). Expreso Información. February 2018. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
- "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Asur.com.mx. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
- "Operational Statistics of Airports in the ASA Network" (in Spanish). Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares. January 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
- "Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. 1984-03-15. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
- "ASQ Award for Best Airport in Latin America - Caribbean" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13
- "ASQ Award for Best Airport by Size (5-15m)" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13
Media related to Cancun Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Cancun Airport (ASUR: Aeropuertos del Sureste) (in English)
- Airport information for MMUN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for MMUN at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- Current weather for MMUN at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for CUN at Aviation Safety Network
- Cancun airport travel data at Airportsdata.net (in English)