Cancún International Airport
|Cancún International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún
|Operator||Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste|
|Location||Cancún, Quintana-Roo, Mexico|
|Focus city for||Volaris|
|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 2015, Cancún airport handled 19,596,485 passengers, a 12.3% increase compared to 2014.
The airport has three commercial terminals. Terminal 1 is used by some low-cost and charter domestic airlines; Terminal 2 is used by all of the scheduled domestic airlines and some international flights; and the new Terminal 3 handles primarily international operations of airlines from North America and Europe. 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 hub for VivaAerobus and Volaris, and currently offers flights to 21 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. ASUR is currently building the new Terminal 4, scheduled to be ready by 2017.
The airport has three terminals, all of which are currently in use.
Terminal 1 has 7 gates: 1-7A. After suffering damages by Hurricane Wilma, it was temporarily closed for remodeling in order to accommodate charter airlines operating into the airport. It re-opened its gates in November 2013 to charter flights; it also serves three local airlines, Magni, TAR and VivaAerobus. Terminal 1 offers basic services to passengers.
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 migration/customs services.
Terminal 3 has 21 gates: C4-C24. It has been recently expanded. All US and Canadian airlines and most of the European carriers use this terminal. It offers shops (including duty free), cafés and restaurants, as well as migration/customs services.
Airlines and destinations
|Amerijet International||Belize City, Ciudad del Carmen, Mérida, Miami|
|Estafeta Carga Aérea||Mérida, Miami|
|Year||Total passengers||% change|
|1||Mexico, Mexico City||3,870,116||870||3,870,986||Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|2||United States, New York City (New York–JFK and Newark airports.)||894,036||13,274||907,310||Aeroméxico, American, United, JetBlue|
|3||Mexico, Monterrey||858,635||320||858,955||Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Magnicharters|
|4||United States, Dallas||737,728||15,216||752,944||Aeroméxico, American, Spirit, Sun Country|
|5||United States, Houston||711,062||14,961||726,023||United|
|6||United States, Atlanta||682,645||6,148||688,793||AirTran/Southwest, Delta|
|7||United States, Chicago (Midway, O'Hare & Rockford airports.)||544,587||105,796||650,383||American, United, Southwest|
|8||Canada, Toronto||605,718||31,276||636,994||Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, WestJet|
|9||United States, Miami||601,117||2,256||603,373||Aeroméxico, American, Interjet|
|10||Panama, Panama City||530,643||814||531,457||Copa|
|11||Mexico, Guadalajara||513,879||-||513,879||Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|12||UK, London||245,711||163,188||408,899||British Airways, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Virgin Atlantic|
|13||Canada, Montréal||325,556||67,806||393,362||Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, WestJet|
|14||United States, Los Angeles||391,259||246||391,505||Aeroméxico, Delta, United, Virgin America|
|15||United States, Denver||384,610||1,004||385,614||Frontier, Southwest, United|
|16||United States, Charlotte||344,253||4,509||348,762||American Airlines|
|17||United States, Philadelphia||325,174||521||325,695||American Airlines, Frontier|
|18||Colombia, Bogotá||309,005||6,995||316,000||Avianca, Copa Colombia, LAN Colombia|
|19||Spain, Madrid||304,697||-||302,551||Air Europa, Air Pullmantur, Evelop! Air|
|20||United States, Minneapolis/St. Paul||248,381||372||248,753||Delta, Sun Country|
|21||United States, Fort Lauderdale||206,276||-||206,276||JetBlue, Spirit|
|22||UK, Manchester||80,298||138,762||219,060||Monarch, Thomas Cook UK, Thomson|
|23||Canada, Calgary||194,865||7,977||202,842||Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet|
|24||United States, Baltimore||183,463||18,534||201,997||Southwest|
|25||Cuba, Havana||183,142||104||183,246||Aeroméxico, Cubana|
|26||United States, Detroit||171,662||7,674||179,336||Delta, Spirit|
|27||Peru, Lima||117,245||2,211||119,456||Avianca Perú, LAN Perú|
|28||Mexico, Veracruz||166,200||77||166,277||Mayair, Viva Aerobus, Volaris|
|29||Mexico, Toluca||164,359||-||164,359||Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris|
|30||United States, Phoenix–Sky Harbor||164,196||-||164,196||American Airlines|
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.
- 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.
- "ASUR Announces Total Passenger Traffic for December 2015 Up 8.5% Year over Year". PR Newswire Association. January 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
- "Cancún's Airport Map". Aeropuertos del Suereste. August 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
- "History". Cancun Online Community. August 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
- "Our Destinations". VivaAerobus. August 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
- "Our Destinations". Volaris. 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.
- "American adds new Los Angeles – Mexico routes from mid-Dec 2016". RoutesOnline.com. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
- "Edelweiss erweitert das Langstreckennetz: San José, Cancun und San Diego werden ab Sommer 2017 mit dem umgebauten Airbus A340 bedient (in German)". TravelNews. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
- "Frontier plans Chicago – Cancun service in W16". routesonline. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
- "JULY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT". FlyFrontier.com. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
- "New route: Enjoy the paradise! New York-Cancun.". Interjet. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
- "Southwest Airlines Files Application To Offer Nonstop Service Between Los Angeles (LAX) And Three Mexico Beach Destinations". PR Newswire Association. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
- "Sunwing Airlines Adds New Routes in W16". Airlineroute.net. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
- "TAR - Busca tu vuelo". TAR. July 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Thomson Airways Schedules Boeing 787-9 W16 Nordic Operations". May 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
- "VivaAerobus has new routes for you (in Spanish)". VivaAerobus. February 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Asur.com.mx. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
- "Air Operational Statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
- Note 3 The official statistics includes both JFK and Newark Airports.
- "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)