Cancún International Airport
|Cancún 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 2014, Cancún airport handled 17,455,353 passengers, a 9.4% increase compared to 2013.
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 the United States and Europe. It has two parallel operative runways that can be used simultaneously.
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. Terminal 2 was recently expanded in 2014. Expansion of Terminal 3 is expected to conclude by the fourth quarter of 2015. The remodeling should contribute to increase annual capacity to 10 million from the current 6 million. ASUR is in the process of designing 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. It was temporarily closed for remodeling, so that it can be used again by charter airlines that operate into the airport. In November of 2013, the terminal 1 re-opened the gates to domestic and charter flights.
- 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 has 15 gates: C23-C37
Airlines and destinations
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.
|Amerijet International||Belize City, Ciudad del Carmen, Mérida, Miami|
|Estafeta Carga Aérea||Merida, Miami|
|Year||Total passengers||% change|
|1||Mexico, Mexico City||3,524,774||3,941||3,528,715||Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|2||United States, New York City (New York–JFK and Newark airports.)||779,878||-||779,878||Aeroméxico, American, United, JetBlue|
|3||Mexico, Monterrey||712,327||1127||713,454||Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Magnicharters|
|4||United States, Atlanta||704,376||2,821||707,197||AirTran/Southwest, Delta|
|5||United States, Dallas||678,249||15,809||694,058||Aeroméxico, American, Spirit, Sun Country|
|6||United States, Houston||584,985||18,658||603,643||United|
|7||Canada, Toronto||526,068||31,185||557,253||Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, WestJet|
|8||United States, Chicago (Midway, O'Hare & Rockford airports.)||447,587||101,872||549,459||American, United|
|9||Panama, Panama City||525,561||-||525,561||Copa|
|10||United States, Miami||522,203||160||522,363||Aeroméxico, American|
|11||Mexico, Guadalajara||438,247||135||438,382||Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, Volaris|
|12||UK, London||245,504||149,131||394,635||British Airways, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Virgin Atlantic|
|13||Canada, Montréal||305,618||85,470||391,088||Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, WestJet|
|14||United States, Charlotte||343,414||3445||346,859||US Airways|
|15||United States, Los Angeles||317,775||-||317,775||Aeroméxico, Delta, United, Virgin America|
|16||United States, Denver||295,982||332||296,314||Frontier, United|
|17||United States, Philadelphia||289,937||-||289,937||Frontier, US Airways|
|18||Spain, Madrid||250,492||9,286||259,778||Air Europa, Air Pullmantur, Evelop! Air|
|19||UK, Manchester||97,564||132,140||229,704||Monarch, Thomas Cook UK, Thomson|
|20||United States, Fort Lauderdale||206,276||-||206,276||JetBlue, Spirit|
|21||Canada, Calgary||187,544||9,126||196,670||Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet|
|22||United States, Minneapolis/St. Paul||194,104||-||194,104||Delta, Sun Country|
|23||Mexico, Toluca||188,342||179||188,521||Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris|
|24||Colombia, Bogotá||179,928||2,363||182,291||Avianca, Copa Colombia, LAN Colombia|
|25||United States, Detroit||164,539||12,727||177,266||Delta, Spirit|
|26||United States, Baltimore||155,568||5,146||160,714||AirTran/Southwest|
|27||United States, Phoenix||135,210||-||135,210||US Airways|
|28||Cuba, Havana||130,610||-||130,610||Aeroméxico, Cubana|
|29||Canada, Vancouver||116,359||6,457||122,816||Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, WestJet|
|30||Peru, Lima||117,245||2,211||119,456||Aeroméxico, LAN Perú|
|This section does not cite any references (sources). (June 2015)|
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 JetBlue 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
- 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.
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- "Direct Flights From Dublin Airport To Mexico And Jamaica In 2016".
- "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Asur.com.mx. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
- "Air Operational Statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
- 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
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cancun Airport.|
- 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 Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for MMUN at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for CUN at Aviation Safety Network