Cancún International Airport

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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
Hub for
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
WebsiteCancun International Airport
CUN/MMUN is located in Quintana Roo
Location of the airport in Quintana Roo
CUN/MMUN is located in Mexico
CUN/MMUN (Mexico)
CUN/MMUN is located in North America
CUN/MMUN (North America)
Direction Length Surface
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Statistics (2019)
Total passengers25,481,989
International passengers16,501,592
Ranking in Mexico2nd Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste[1]

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 Latin America's fourth and Mexico's second busiest airport, after Mexico City International Airport.[2] In 2019, Cancún airport handled 25,481,989 passengers, a 1.1% increase compared to 2018.[1]

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 hub for MAYAir and focus city for 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 second busiest point of entry by air to the country, after Mexico City International Airport. 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 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 the excitement from the local politicians as well as vacationers who were growing impatient with an overcrowded airport.[6]


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

Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1 has 7 gates: 1 through 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 at the Cancún Airport has 22 gates: A1 through A11 (in a satellite building) and B12 through 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. Two lounges, the MERA Business Lounge and The Lounge by Global Lounge Network,[7] serve domestic and international travelers.

Terminal 3[edit]

Terminal 3 has 21 gates: C4 through 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. There is a MERA Business Lounge located in Terminal 3.

Terminal 4[edit]

Terminal 4 has 12 gates and opened in October 2017. This made Cancún International the first airport in Mexico to have four terminals. It 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, Air Europa, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country Airlines.[9] An on-site hotel is also planned to be opened, as well as a parking structure. Three lounges serve Terminal 4. They are the MERA Business Lounge(National), MERA Business Lounge(International), and The Lounge in Partnership with Air Transat.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
Aeromar Mexico City, Villahermosa
Charter: Cayo Coco, Havana, Santa Clara, Varadero
Aeroméxico Guadalajara, Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect Monterrey
Air Canada Calgary
Seasonal: Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Ottawa, Québec City
Air Caraïbes Paris–Orly
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton (ON), London (ON), Ottawa, Québec City
Alaska Airlines Seasonal: Los Angeles, Portland (OR), San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York–JFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Boston, Columbus–Glenn, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador
Avior Airlines Charter: Caracas2
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan–Malpensa
British Airways London–Gatwick
Condor Frankfurt
Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Conviasa Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Boston, Hartford, Kansas City, Nashville, Orlando, Tampa
EasySky Tegucigalpa
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Estelar Latinoamérica Charter: Caracas2
Evelop Airlines Madrid
Frontier Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Miami (begins March 11, 2021),[10] Newark, Orlando (begins February 11, 2021),[11] Philadelphia, St. Louis
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City
Iberia Madrid
Interjet Mexico City (suspended)[12]
JetBlue Austin (begins March 4, 2021),[13] Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Las Vegas (begins March 4, 2021),[13] Los Angeles, Nashville (begins March 4, 2021),[13] Newark, New York–JFK, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento (begins March 4, 2021),[13] San Francisco, Tampa
LASER Airlines Charter: Caracas2
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
Level Barcelona
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Magnicharters Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey
Seasonal charter: Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Mérida, Nuevo Laredo, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí
MAYAir Chetumal, Cozumel, Mérida
Neos Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Nordwind Airlines Charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Orbest Seasonal: Lisbon
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo[14]
RUTACA Airlines Charter: Caracas2
Sky Airline Peru Lima
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Phoenix–Sky Harbor (begins March 11, 2021),[15] St. Louis
Seasonal: Austin, Nashville
Spirit Airlines Austin, Baltimore, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth
Sunwing Airlines Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Swoop Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon (begins March 30, 2021)[16][17]
Tropic Air Belize City
TUI Airways[18] Birmingham (UK), London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol, Doncaster/Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Stockholm–Arlanda
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam
Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin
Turkish Airlines Istanbul1
Turpial Airlines Charter: Valencia (Venezuela)2
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
Venezolana Charter: Caracas2
VivaAerobús Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Houston–Intercontinental, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, Reynosa, San Luis Potosí, Santiago de Cuba, Tampico, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Camagüey, Havana, Newark, San José de Costa Rica
Volaris Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, León/El Bajío, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Seasonal charter: Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis
Volaris Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica, San Salvador
Wamos Air Madrid
WestJet Calgary, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
Wingo Bogotá

^1 Turkish Airlines's flight from Istanbul to Cancún makes a stop in Mexico City; however, the airline does not have local traffic rights from Mexico City to Cancún.

^2 The flights of Avior, Turpial, Laser, Venezolana, Esetelar and Rutaca to Venezuela are valid until January 15, 2021, its continuation will depend on the Venezuelan Government.


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

Traffic statistics[edit]

Terminal 1
Airside's Terminal 2
Terminal 2 interior
Terminal 3 interior
Terminal 4 of Cancún International Airport
Check-in counters at Terminal 4
Interjet A320 at Cancun

Passenger figures[edit]

Passenger statistics for Cancún International Airport[19]
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%
2018 25,202,016 Increase 6.8%
2019 25,481,989 Increase 1.1%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2019)[20]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1 Mexico City 4,527,075 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2 Monterrey, Nuevo León 699,007 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3 Toronto, Ontario 456,608 Increase 2 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
4 Guadalajara, Jalisco 446,935 Decrease 1 Aeromexico, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
5 Houston, Texas (airports George Bush & Hobby),[Notes 1] 429,265 Decrease 1 Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
6 Dallas, Texas 411,867 Increase 1 American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
7 Chicago, Illinois (Midway & O'Hare airports),[Notes 2] 387,538 Decrease 1 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
8 Atlanta, Georgia 364,092 Increase 1 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines
9 Panama City, Panama 328,432 Increase 1 Copa Airlines
10 New York, New York 322,444 Decrease 2 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On March 15, 1984, Aerocozumel Flight 261 crashed soon after takeoff. No one died in the crash, but one of the passengers died of a heart attack while moving through the swamp.[21]


  • 2011 - Best Airport in Latin America - Caribbean of the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International[22] and 2nd Best Airport by Size in the 5 to 15 million passenger category[23]

See also[edit]


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


  1. ^ a b "ASUR Announces Total Passenger Traffic for December 2019" (PDF). ASUR. January 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-05-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "History". Cancun Online Community. August 2016. Archived from the original on August 9, 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Cancun opens second runway as traffic grows 30% in two years; US routes lead way". October 2009. Archived from the original on September 20, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Inaugurated Terminal 3 of Cancún Airport (in Spanish)". Periódico El Economista. March 2016. Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Call Transcript" (PDF). Aeropuertos del Sureste. October 2014. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2019-09-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ " - Cancun airport's new 4th terminal will open Oct. 10". Archived from the original on 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  9. ^ " - Cancun Airport Terminal 4". Archived from the original on 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  10. ^ "Frontier Airlines Announces Nonstop Flights From Miami to Cancun". Frontier Airlines. December 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  11. ^ "NewRoutes". Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  12. ^ "Interjet will not have more flights for the remainder of the year, cancel everything". explica. 17 December 2020. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  13. ^ a b c d "JetBlue adds 4 new cities, including Miami, in 24-route expansion". JetBlue. December 2020. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  14. ^ "Royal Flight adds Moscow – Cancun service in W19". Routesonline. December 2019. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "Book Today: Southwest Airlines' Spring And Summer Schedules Take Off, Bringing Customers New Airports And Nonstop Routes Across The Map". Southwest Airlines. December 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  16. ^ "TAP Air Portugal To Launch Direct Cape Town & Cancun Flights". Simple Flying. April 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  17. ^ Liu, Jim. "TAP Air Portugal moves Cancun / Cape Town launch to 2021". Routesonline. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  18. ^ "Flight Timetable".
  19. ^ "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  20. ^ "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2020. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  21. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". 1984-03-15. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
  22. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport in Latin America - Caribbean" Archived 2012-02-18 at the Wayback Machine Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13
  23. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport by Size (5-15m)" Archived 2012-02-19 at the Wayback Machine Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13

External links[edit]

Media related to Cancun Airport at Wikimedia Commons