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Cancun International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún
Cancún International Airport Logo.png
Airport typePublic
OperatorGrupo Aeroportuario del Sureste
LocationCancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates21°02′12″N 86°52′37″W / 21.03667°N 86.87694°W / 21.03667; -86.87694Coordinates: 21°02′12″N 86°52′37″W / 21.03667°N 86.87694°W / 21.03667; -86.87694
CUN is located in Quintana Roo
Location of the airport in Quintana Roo
CUN is located in Mexico
CUN (Mexico)
CUN is located in North America
CUN (North America)
Direction Length Surface
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Statistics (2017)
Total Passengers23,601,509
International Passengers15,793,141
Ranking in Mexico2nd Steady
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.[1] In 2017, Cancún airport handled 23,601,509 passengers, a 10.21% increase compared to 2016.[2]

It has two parallel operative runways that can be used simultaneously. The airport was officially opened in 1974.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] Terminal 4 was opened at the end of October 2017, much to excitement from the local politicians.[6]


The airport has four terminals, all of which are currently in use.

Terminal 1[edit]

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[edit]

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[7] serves domestic and international travelers.

Terminal 3[edit]

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[edit]

Terminal 4 has 12 gates and opened in October 2017. The terminal is able to handle 9 million passengers a year.[8] 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.[9] 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[edit]


Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
Aeroméxico Guadalajara (ends January 7, 2019),[10] Havana, Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City, Monterrey
Seasonal: Medellín-JMC
Air Canada Seasonal: Calgary,[11] Halifax, Ottawa, Vancouver,[11] Winnipeg
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Transat Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton (ON), Kelowna, London (ON), Moncton, Ottawa, Québec City, Victoria, Windsor, Winnipeg
Alaska Airlines Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York–JFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Boston, Kansas City, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham
Apple Vacations Charter: Cincinnati
Seasonal Charter: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago–Rockford, Lansing, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica, San Salvador
Avianca Perú Lima
Azur Air Seasonal Charter: Moscow-Vnukovo
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino
British Airways London–Gatwick
Calafia Airlines Palenque, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Condor Frankfurt, Munich
Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Copa Airlines Panama City
Cubana de Aviación Havana
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus–Glenn, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, Washington–Dulles
EasySky Tegucigalpa
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Munich
Evelop Airlines Madrid
Frontier Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Kansas City, Las Vegas (begins December 21, 2018)[12]
Gol Transportes Aéreos Brasília (begins June 28, 2019)[13]
Interjet Bogotá, Guadalajara, Havana, León/El Bajío, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, Montréal–Trudeau, New York–JFK, San Francisco, Toluca/Mexico City, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK, Orlando
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Colombia Bogotá
LATAM Perú Lima
LOT Polish Airlines Charter: Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt
Magni Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey
Seasonal Charter: Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Nuevo Laredo, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí
Maya Island Air Belize City[citation needed]
MAYAir Chetumal, Cozumel, Mérida
Neos Scheduled charter: Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Nordwind Airlines Charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Orbest Seasonal: Lisbon
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Los Angeles, St. Louis
Seasonal: Austin, Columbus–Glenn, Indianapolis, Milwaukee (resumes March 9, 2019),[14] Nashville, New Orleans (resumes April 13, 2019), Pittsburgh (resumes March 9, 2019),[14] Raleigh/Durham (resumes March 9, 2019),[14] San Antonio
Spirit Airlines Baltimore, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Austin,[15] Dallas/Fort Worth
Sunwing Airlines Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal–Trudeau, Québec City, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Bagotville, Fredericton, Halifax, Kelowna, Moncton, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Winnipeg
Swoop Seasonal: Hamilton (ON) (begins January 14, 2019)[16]
Thomas Cook Airlines London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Glasgow
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda[17]
Tropic Air Belize City
TUI Airways Birmingham (UK), London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol, Doncaster/Sheffield (begins May 3, 2020),[18] Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Copenhagen,[19] Dublin,[20] Helsinki,[21] Stockholm–Arlanda[22]
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Austin, Cleveland, New Orleans, San Antonio
Vacation Express Charter: Cincinnati
Seasonal Charter: Atlanta, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Columbus–Glenn, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Newark, Pittsburgh
Virgin Atlantic London–Gatwick
VivaAerobus Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, Reynosa, San José de Costa Rica, Tampico, Toluca/Mexico City, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Wilmington/Philadelphia (begins May 31, 2019)
Seasonal: Newark
Volaris Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Seasonal: Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez
Volaris Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica, San Salvador[23]
Wamos Air Madrid
WestJet Calgary, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
Wingo Bogotá
XL Airways France Paris–Charles de Gaulle


Amerijet International Belize City, Ciudad del Carmen, Mérida, Miami
Estafeta Carga Aérea Mérida, Miami
FedEx Express Mérida, Miami

Traffic statistics[edit]

Terminal 1 Layout.
Terminal 2 Layout.
Terminal 3 Layout.
Terminal 1
Terminal 2 interior
Terminal 3 interior
Airside's Terminal 2.
Cubanas's Yakovlev Yak-42.

Passenger figures[edit]

Passenger statistics for Cancún International Airport[24]
Year Total passengers % change
1999 6,969,733 -
2000 7,745,317 Increase 11.1%
2001 7,639,021 Decrease 1.4%
2002 7,717,144 Increase 1.0%
2003 8,683,950 Increase 12.5%
2004 10,010,526 Increase 15.3%
2005 9,301,240 Decrease 7.1%
2006 9,728,149 Increase 4.6%
2007 11,340,027 Increase 16.6%
2008 12,646,451 Increase 11.5%
2009 11,174,908 Decrease 11.6%
2010 12,439,266 Increase 11.3%
2011 13,022,481 Increase 4.7%
2012 14,463,435 Increase 11.1%
2013 15,962,162 Increase 10.4%
2014 17,455,353 Increase 9.4%
2015 19,596,485 Increase 12.3%
2016 21,415,795 Increase 9.3%
2017 23,601,509 Increase 10.2%
20,938,269 Increase 6.9%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2017)[25]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline(s)
1 Mexico City, Distrito Federal 2,383,631 Steady Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
2 Monterrey, Nuevo León 553,403 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
3 Houston (airports George Bush & Hobby),[Notes 1] Texas, United States 427,162 Steady Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
4 Chicago (Midway & O'Hare airports),[Notes 2] Illinois, U.S. 399,119 Increase 2 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
5 Guadalajara, Jalisco 394,524 Increase 3 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
6 Toronto–Pearson, Ontario, Canada 388,659 Increase 1 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
7 Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. 372,871 Decrease 2 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines
8 New York City, New York, U.S. 370,732 Increase 2 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, JetBlue Airways
9 Los Angeles, California, U.S. 368,754 Increase 3 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
10 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. 367,057 Decrease 6 American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
11 Miami, Florida, U.S. 288,106 Decrease 2 American Airlines
12 Panama City, Panama 278,307 Decrease 1 Copa Airlines
13 Denver, Colorado, U.S. 228,297 Steady Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
14 Montréal, Quebec, Canada 221,850 Increase 1 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
15 London, United Kingdom 220,179 Decrease 1 British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways
16 Newark (New York City), New Jersey, U.S. 217,993 Steady United Airlines
17 Bogotá, Colombia 201,513 Increase 2 Avianca, Interjet, LATAM Colombia, Wingo
18 Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. 189,507 Decrease 1 American Airlines
19 Havana, Cuba 162,636 Increase 3 Aeroméxico, Cubana de Aviación, Interjet
20 Madrid, Spain 156,633 Steady Air Europa, Calima Aviación, Wamos Air
21 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. 150,493 Steady Delta Air Lines, Sun Country Airlines
22 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. 149,675 Increase 1 JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
23 Lima, Peru 146,654 Increase 1 Avianca Perú, LATAM Perú
24 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. 145,143 Decrease 6 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines
25 Calgary, Alberta, Canada 119,019 Steady Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
26 Manchester, UK 118,774 Steady Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways
27 Detroit, Michigan, U.S. 117,974 Steady Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines
28 Ciudad Veracruz, Veracruz 113,977 Steady MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
29 León, Guanajuato 105,555 Increase 11 Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
30 Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. 105,490 Increase 1 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
31 San Francisco, California, U.S. 101,405 Decrease 1 United Airlines, Virgin America
32 Washington D.C., U.S. 99,068 Decrease 3 Delta Air Lines, United Airlines
33 Puebla, Puebla 89,924 Increase 7 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
34 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 85,329 Decrease 1 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
35 Orlando, Florida, U.S. 78,279 Increase 4 Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways
36 Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. 76,529 Decrease 4 American Airlines
37 San José, Costa Rica 76,031 Decrease 2 Avianca Costa Rica, Viva Aerobus, Volaris Costa Rica
38 St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. 68,853 Decrease 4 Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines
39 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas 61,066 Increase 2 Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
40 Buenos Aires, Argentina 57,221 Decrease 3 Aerolíneas Argentinas
41 Toluca, Distrito Federal 55,993 Decrease 5 Interjet, Volaris
42 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. 50,121 Steady American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways
43 Ciudad Querétaro, Querétaro 47,871 Increase 8 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
44 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 47,438 Decrease 1 Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
45 Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. 44,226 Decrease 1 Delta Air Lines
46 Villahermosa, Tabasco 42,716 Increase 1 MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
47 Austin, Texas, U.S. 41,156 Increase 1 Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
48 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. 37,269 Decrease 3 Frontier Airlines, United Airlines
49 Brussels, Belgium 36,267 Increase 7 TUI fly Belgium
50 Seattle, Washington, U.S. 32,837 Increase 3 Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines

  1. ^ Official statistics include George Bush and Hobby Airports.
  2. ^ Official statistics include Midway and O'Hare airports.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[26]
  • 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[27] and 2nd Best Airport by Size in the 5 to 15 million passenger category.[28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  2. ^ "ASUR Announces Total Passenger Traffic for December 2017". PR Newswire Association. January 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "History". Cancun Online Community. August 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Cancun opens second runway as traffic grows 30% in two years; US routes lead way". October 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Inaugurated Terminal 3 of Cancún Airport (in Spanish)". Periódico El Economista. March 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Call Transcript" (PDF). Aeropuertos del Sureste. October 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  7. ^
  8. ^ - Cancun airport’s new 4th terminal will open Oct. 10
  9. ^ - Cancun Airport Terminal 4
  10. ^ "Aeroméxico contracts: removes 5 planes and eliminates 9 routes" (in Spanish). Reportur. October 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Air Canada adds new Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Hawaii flights". travelweek. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "Frontier Airlines announces flights from Vegas to 2 Mexican cities". News3 Las Vegas. August 2018. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "GOL plans Cancun launch in June 2019". Routes Online. September 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  14. ^ a b c "Southwest extends schedule". August 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  15. ^ "Sun Country adds new seasonal routes June - August 2018". March 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  16. ^ Swoop Seasonal Flights. "Swoop heads to Mexico with new Cancún flights ex YHM". Travelweek.
  17. ^ "Charterflyg Stockholm-Arlanda till Cancun, Mexiko, 1 vecka" (Web) (in Swedish). Ving - Part of the Thomas Cook Group. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  18. ^ "TUI Airways UK S20 long-haul changes as of 12NOV18". Routes Online. November 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  19. ^ "Only Flight".
  20. ^ "Flight Timetable". TUI Airways. 7 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Only Flight".
  22. ^ "Only Flight".
  23. ^ "Volaris will launch flight between San Salvador and Cancun" (in Spanish). Expreso Información. February 2018. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  24. ^ "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  25. ^ "Operational Statistics of Airports in the ASA Network" (in Spanish). Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares. January 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  26. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". 1984-03-15. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
  27. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport in Latin America - Caribbean" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13
  28. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport by Size (5-15m)" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13

External links[edit]

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