Cancún International Airport

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Cancún International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún


CUN is located in Quintana Roo
Location of airport in Quintana Roo
Airport type Public
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste
Serves Cancún
Location Cancún, Quintana-Roo, Mexico
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 21°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
Direction Length Surface
ft m








Statistics (2014)
Total Passengers 17,455,353
Increase 9.4%
International Passengers 11,971,884
Increase 9.9%
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste

Cancún International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún) (IATA: CUNICAO: 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 in Mexico City, but the biggest in Mexico for International passengers[citation needed]. In 2014, Cancún airport handled 17,455,353 passengers, a 9.4% increase compared to 2013[citation needed].

The airport has been expanding as it has become one of the most important international airports in the country[citation needed]. It has two parallel operative runways 1,500m apart, which allows them to be used simultaneously, and three commercial terminals[citation needed]. Terminal 1 is used by domestic airlines including Magnicharters and VivaAerobus. Terminal 2 is used by some international airlines[vague], as all of the scheduled domestic airlines, and new Terminal 3 handles primarily international operations of airlines from the United States and Europe[citation needed].

The airport is operated by Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, together with Cozumel International Airport, Mérida International Airport, Veracruz International Airport, Villahermosa International Airport and Xoxocotlán International Airport among others. It used to be a hub for Aerocancun, Aladia, Mexicana, MexicanaLink, and is a hub for VivaAerobus and a focus city for Volaris[citation needed]. It also has a considerable number of flights from Delta Air Lines[vague][citation needed].

Asur announced[when?] an expansion of terminal 2, which will be completed by 2013[needs update]; terminal 3 will also be expanded after the completion of terminal 2[needs update]. Asur also announced the construction of a hotel within the airport space[when?].

On June 1, 2013 it was announced that the Mexican Port Authority will be constructing a Terminal 4 at CUN. The new project will feature 20 additional gates to the existing 68 gate airport[citation needed].



The airport has three terminals, two of which are currently in use, with Terminal 1 scheduled for remodeling.

Terminal 1[edit]

  • Terminal 1 has 7 gates: 1-7A. Was temporarily closed for remodeling, so that it can be used again by charter airlines that operate into the airport. On November 2013, the terminal 1 re-open the gates to domestic and charters flight.

Terminal 2[edit]

  • Terminal 2 has 22 gates: A1-A11 and B12-B22
    • The Satellite Building has 11 gates on the upper level: A1-A11
    • The Main Building: has 11 gates on the lower level: B12-B22

Terminal 3[edit]

  • Terminal 3 has 15 gates: C23-C37

The terminals together comprise 47 boarding gates (of which 17 are remote), 22 (A1-A11 and B12-B22) in Terminal 2, and 14 in Terminal 3.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Terminal 1 Layout.
Terminal 2 Layout.
Terminal 3 Layout.
Terminal 1.
Terminal 1's inside.
Landside of Terminal 1.
Terminal 2.
Terminal 2's inside.
Landside of Terminal 2.
Airside's Terminal 2.
Main corridor of Terminal 3.
Cubana Yak-42.
United's A320 Take-off.
International Gate at Terminal 2.
Airlines Destinations Terminal/
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Ezeiza 2S
Aeroméxico Havana, Mexico City, Miami, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Monterrey, Nashville,[2]
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City, Monterrey 2M
Aerotucán Cozumel 2M
Aruba Airlines Charter: Aruba 2M
Air Berlin Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Munich
Air Canada Calgary
Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg
Air Canada Rouge Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson 2S
Air Europa Madrid 3
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 3
Air Transat Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, London (ON), Ottawa, Québec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Victoria
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma 3
American Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York-JFK 3
Arkefly Amsterdam
Seasonal Charter: Warsaw-Chopin[3]
Avianca Bogotá 2S
Avianca Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica, San Salvador 2S
Blue Panorama Airlines Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino 2S
Branson Air Express
operated by Orange Air
Seasonal: Branson, New Orleans (both begins May 6, 2015) TBA
British Airways London-Gatwick 2S
Calima Aviación
operated by Orbest Portugal
Seasonal charter: Madrid 2S
Condor Frankfurt
Seasonal: Munich
Copa Airlines Panama City 2S
Copa Airlines Colombia Bogotá 2S
Cubana de Aviación Havana 2M
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Hartford/Springfield, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St Paul, New Orleans (begins March 7, 2015),[4] Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Baltimore (begins 6 June 2015), Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus (OH), Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Orlando, Pittsburgh (begins 6 June 2015), Raleigh/Durham, Tampa, Washington-Dulles
EuroAtlantic Airways Seasonal: Lisbon, Porto 2S
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki 2M
Frontier Airlines Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington-Dulles
Seasonal: Chicago/Rockford, Indianapolis (ends May 31, 2015), Milwaukee, Salt Lake City
Gol Transportes Aéreos Seasonal: Manaus
Interjet Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Toluca/Mexico City 2S
Interjet Miami 2M
Jetairfly Brussels 2S
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK, Orlando 2S
LAN Airlines Santiago de Chile 2S
LAN Colombia Bogota 2S
LAN Peru Lima 2S
LOT Polish Airlines Charter: Warsaw-Chopin 3
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt (begins 8 December 2015)[5] 3
Magnicharters Guadalajara, León/Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey
Seasonal Charter: Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, San Luis Potosí
Maya Island Air Belize City 2M
MAYAir Cozumel, Mérida, Veracruz, Villahermosa 1-FBO
Novair Charter: Göteborg 2S
Neos Scheduled charter: Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino 3

Nordwind Airlines Moscow 3
Orbest Portugal Madrid
Charter: Lisbon
PAL Airlines seasonal: Santiago de Chile 2S
Perla Airlines Porlamar 3
Pullmantur Air Charter: Madrid 3
SATA International Charter: Lisbon 2S
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago-Midway, Denver, San Antonio (begins 8 April 2015)
Seasonal: Milwaukee
Spirit Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental (begins May 7, 2015)[6] 3
Sun Country Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Minneapolis/St. Paul 3
Sunwing Airlines Charter: Bagotville, Edmonton, Halifax, London (ON), Montréal-Trudeau, Québec City, Regina, Saint John, Saskatoon, Sault Ste. Marie, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, Winnipeg 2S
TAM Airlines São Paulo-Guarulhos 2S
Thomas Cook Airlines London-Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Glasgow-International, London-Stansted (begins 18 July 2015)
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm, 3
Thomson Airways Birmingham (UK), London-Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow-International, Newcastle upon Tyne, Oslo-Gardenmoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Vnukovo[7] 3
Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos Flores 2M
Tropic Air Belize City 2M
TUIfly operated by Arkefly Seasonal Charter: Hamburg 2S
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal Charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda 2S
United Airlines Chicago O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles
Seasonal: Austin, New Orleans (begins May 9, 2015),[8] San Antonio
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix
Seasonal: Boston
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco 3
Virgin Atlantic London-Gatwick 3
VivaAerobus Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Reynosa, Tampico, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa 1
VivaAerobus Houston-Intercontinental 2S
Volaris Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Las Vegas, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Phoenix, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Veracruz
Seasonal: Ciudad Juárez, Morelia, Newark (begins April 3, 2015)
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, London (ON), Moncton, Ottawa, Quebec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Victoria
XL Airways France Brussels, Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2S

Cargo airlines[edit]

Regional Cargo's B737.

ASUR's cargo operations are centered at Cancún International Airport, where the service is rendered by the company Caribbean Logistics, S. A. de C. V.

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

Traffic statistics[edit]

Passenger statistics for Cancún International Airport[9]
Year Total passengers  % change
1999 6,969,733 -
2000 7,745,317 Increase11.1
2001 7,639,021 Decrease1.4
2002 7,717,144 Increase1.0
2003 8,683,950 Increase12.5
2004 10,010,526 Increase15.3
2005 9,301,240 Decrease7.1
2006 9,728,149 Increase4.6
2007 11,340,027 Increase16.6
2008 12,646,451 Increase11.5
2009 11,174,908 Decrease11.6
2010 12,439,266 Increase11.3
2011 13,022,481 Increase4.7
2012 14,463,435 Increase 11.1
2013 15,962,162 Increase 10.4
2014 17,455,353 Increase 9.4
Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2013)[10]
Rank City [Note 1] [Note 2] Total passengers Airline
1  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 3,294,876 11,208 3,306,084 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  United States, New York City (JFK and Newark airports.)[Note 3] 731,345 65 731,410 Aeroméxico, American Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways
3  Nuevo León, Monterrey 672,527 1600 674,127 Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Magnicharters
4  United States, Atlanta 660,786 2,618 663,404 AirTran Airways, Delta Air Lines
5  United States, Dallas 636,871 7,102 643,973 Aeroméxico, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
6  United States, Houston 560,633 6,965 567,598 United Airlines
7  United States, Miami 525,635 6 525,641 Aeroméxico, American Airlines
8  Canada, Toronto 444,781 75,955 520,736 Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
9  Panama, Panama City 495,632 226 495,858 Copa Airlines
10  United States, Chicago (Midway and O'Hare airports.) 346,565 93,572 440,137 American Airlines, United Airlines
11  Jalisco, Guadalajara 398,615 244 398,859 Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, Volaris
12  UK, London 200,901 175,674 376,575 British Airways, Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways
13  Canada, Montréal 274,741 97,264 372,005 Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
14  United States, Charlotte 335,399 - 335,399 US Airways
15  United States, Philadelphia 286,653 136 286,789 Frontier Airlines, US Airways
16  México (state), Toluca 268,356 - 268,356 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris
17  United States, Denver 244,119 145 244,264 Frontier Airlines, United Airlines
18  Spain, Madrid 226,059 2,095 228,154 Air Europa, Air Pullmantur, Evelop! Air
19  United States, Fort Lauderdale 197,460 - 197,460 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
20  UK, Manchester 14,066 179,657 193,723 Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook UK, Thomson Airways
21  Canada, Calgary 169,678 6,055 175,733 Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
22  United States, Los Angeles 158,990 840 159,830 Aeroméxico, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Virgin America
23  United States, Minneapolis/St. Paul 158,091 568 158,659 Delta Air Lines, Sun Country Airlines
24  United States, Baltimore 155,127 - 155,127 AirTran Airways
25  United States, Detroit 133,729 11,561 145,290 Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines
26  Cuba, Havana 120,909 64 120,973 Aeroméxico, Cubana de Aviación
27  Russia, Moscow (Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports.) 117,335 - 117,335 Aeroflot, Transaero Airlines
28  Canada, Vancouver 103,405 13,540 116,945 Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, WestJet
29  United States, Phoenix 115,315 - 115,315 US Airways
30  Peru, Lima 107,454 2,268 109,722 Aeroméxico, LAN Perú
  1. ^ Note 1 Indicate passengers at schedule flights.
  2. ^ Note 2 Indicate passengers at charter flights.
  3. ^ Note 3 The official statistics includes both JFK and Newark Airports.


In 2005 ASUR invested US$150 million for the construction of Terminal 3 (open since 2007), a new runway, and a new control tower. With the opening of the new terminal the airport doubled the amount of passengers it could handle. The new runway and tower were opened in October 2009. The new runway was built north of the current runway and is 2,800 m long, and 45 m wide; the new control tower is the tallest in Latin America standing at 97 meters tall. ASUR has also started on their cargo complex project, which will be completed in three phases. In phase 0 it will have facilities capable of handling 20,000 tons of cargo (phase 0 Complete). Phase 1 the cargo complex will be relocated to a new site within the airport grounds. A 5,000-m plant will be built to house it, with sufficient capacity to handle 70,000 tons of freight per year. Phase 2 the cargo complex will be extended by 5,000-m2 more and will be capable of handling 140,000 tons of freight per year. Phase 3 the cargo complex will be extended by 5,000-m2 more and will be capable of handling 210,000 tons of freight per year. In 2012 construction will begin on International Terminal 4. ASUR in partnership with Jet Blue has designed a state of the art facility capable of handling an additional 800,000 passengers annually. The terminal will also feature duty-free designer boutiques, extensive dining options and an Aloft Hotel. Terminal 4 is expected to be operational by 2015.

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

  • On March 15, 1984, Aerocozumel Flight 261 crashed soon after takeoff. No one died in crash. One of the passengers died of a heart attack while moving through the swamp.[11]
  • 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.[citation needed]


  • 2011 - Best Airport in Latin America - Caribbean of the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International[12] and 2nd Best Airport by Size in the 5 to 15 million passenger category.[13]
  • 2013 - The first Airbus A380 to land in Cancún International Airport and in Mexico, was the Air France A380 in the 80th anniversary livery on November 27, 2013.[14]

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