Cancún International Airport

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Cancun International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún
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
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
ft m








Statistics (2021)
Total passengers22,318,467
International passengers13,237,113
Ranking in Mexico2nd Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste[1]

Cancun 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 third and Mexico's second busiest airport, after Mexico City International Airport.[2] In 2021, Cancún airport handled 22,318,467 passengers, a 82.1% increase compared to 2020.[1]

The airport has two parallel operative runways that can be used simultaneously. 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 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 and it also serves 2 local airlines: Magni and VivaAerobús.

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, 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]


Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
Aeromar Flores, Havana, Villahermosa
Aeroméxico Guadalajara, Mexico City
Seasonal: São Paulo–Guarulhos
Air Canada Calgary, Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Québec City
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, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Austin, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–JFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Boston, Columbus–Glenn, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Avianca Bogotá, Medellín–JMC
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo
Azur Air Ukraine Seasonal charter: Kyiv-Boryspil
British Airways London–Gatwick
Condor Frankfurt
Conviasa Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma
EasySky Tegucigalpa
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Eurowings Discover Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich (begins March 30, 2022)[10]
Flair Airlines Kitchener/Waterloo (begins February 2, 2022)
Seasonal: Ottawa (begins February 2, 2022)[11]
Frontier Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo (begins February 18, 2022),[12] Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston–Hobby (begins May 26, 2022),[13] Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence (begins February 19, 2022),[12] St. Louis
Seasonal: Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Hartford (begins February 17, 2022),[12] Indianapolis, Kansas City, Raleigh/Durham
Gol Transportes Aéreos Brasília
Iberojet Madrid
Seasonal: Barcelona (begins June 26, 2022),[14] Lisbon
JetBlue Austin, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Los Angeles, Nashville, Newark, New York–JFK, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Tampa
Seasonal: Las Vegas, Sacramento, San Francisco
KLM Seasonal: Amsterdam
LASER Airlines Charter: Caracas1
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
Level Seasonal: Barcelona
LOT Polish Airlines Charter: Katowice, Poznan
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
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
RUTACA Airlines Charter: Caracas1
Sky Airline Peru Lima
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, St. Louis
Seasonal: Austin, Columbus–Glenn, Milwaukee, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Antonio
Spirit Airlines Austin, Baltimore, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
Seasonal: Atlantic City
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston–Intercontinental, Milwaukee, San Antonio
Sunwing Airlines Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Bagotville, Fredericton (begins February 14, 2022),[15] Halifax, Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo, London (ON), Moncton (begins February 10, 2022),[15] North Bay, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John's (begins March 11, 2022),[15] Thunder Bay
Swoop Seasonal: Hamilton, Toronto–Pearson
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transportes Aereos Guatemaltecos Flores, Guatemala City
Tropic Air Belize City
TUI Airways Birmingham (UK), London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol, Doncaster/Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Stockholm–Arlanda, Oslo
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam
Turkish Airlines Istanbul2
Turpial Airlines Charter: Valencia (Venezuela)1
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal charter: Kyiv-Boryspil
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
VivaAerobús Acapulco, Bogotá, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, 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, Cincinnati, Havana, San José de Costa Rica
Viva Air Colombia Medellín–JMC
Seasonal: Cali (begins March 22, 2022)[16]
Volaris Aguascalientes, Bogotá, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán (begins April 1, 2022),[17] Guadalajara, Guatemala City, León/El Bajío, Mexicali, Mexico City, Mexico City/AIFA (begins March 21, 2022),[18] Monterrey, Morelia (begins April 2, 2022),[17] Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Seasonal charter: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Memphis
Volaris Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica
Volaris El SalvadorSan Salvador
Wamos Air Madrid
WestJet Calgary, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
Wingo Bogotá, Cali, Medellín–JMC
World2fly Madrid

^1 The flights of Avior, Turpial, Laser, Venezolana, Esetelar and Rutaca to Venezuela are valid until December 31, 2021, its continuation will depend on the Venezuelan Government.

^2 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.


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


Cozumel Airport Passengers. See source Wikidata query.
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%
2020 12,259,148 Decrease 51.89%
2021 22,318,467 Increase 82.1%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2020)[20]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1 Mexico City 1,437,514 Steady Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobús, Volaris
2 Monterrey, Nuevo León 414,935 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobús, Volaris
3 Guadalajara, Jalisco 320,801 Increase 1 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobús, Volaris
4 Houston, Texas (airports George Bush & Hobby)[Notes 1] 253,849 Increase 1 Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, VivaAerobús
5 Dallas, Texas 253,063 Increase 1 American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
6 Chicago, Illinois (Midway & O'Hare airports)[Notes 2] 205,815 Increase 1 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
7 Toronto, Ontario 154,989 Decrease 4 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, Swoop, WestJet
8 Atlanta, Georgia 153,791 Steady Delta Air Lines, Volaris
9 New York, New York 148,055 Increase 1 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, JetBlue
10 Miami, Florida 143,629 Increase 2 American Airlines, Interjet
  1. ^ Official statistics include George Bush and Hobby Airports.
  2. ^ Official statistics include Midway and O'Hare airports.

Car Rental[edit]

Many international car rental companies have a presence at the Cancun airport. There are no facilities that concentrate all the companies, but each one has its own office, although several are close to each other. There are also many offices of local car rental companies near the airport.

Car Rental Companies At Cancun Airport:

  • City Car Rental
  • Avis
  • National Rent a Car
  • Dollar

Airport Transfers[edit]

There are a large number of companies that offer transportation services to and from Cancun International Airport, the most recommended services are the private ones since they offer greater comfort and safety for tourists. These are some of the companies that offer this service:  

  • ADO Airport, First class buses with service to Cancun.
  • Airport Concierge Service Cancun, Private and/or shared luxury transportation from Cancun International Airport to Cancun and Riviera Maya hotels, transportation to archaeological sites and executive service.
  • Amstar Airport Transfers, Private and shared transfers from Cancun airport.
  • Cancun Airport Transportation, private transfers from and to the Cancun International Airport.
  • eTransfer Cancun, official airport taxi provider.

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. ^ a b "ASUR announces the total traffic for December 2021" (PDF) (in Spanish). ASUR. January 2021. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "Statistics by Airport" (Web). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ " - Cancun airport's new 4th terminal will open Oct. 10". 5 October 2017. 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. ^ "Eurowings Discover Flights". Eurowings. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  11. ^ "Flair Airlines expands with service to Mexico". SKIES. November 2021. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  12. ^ a b c "Frontier Airlines Announces 18 Nonstop Routes, 2 New Destinations". Frontier Airlines. November 2021. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  13. ^ "Frontier Airlines Shakes Up Chicago and Houston Air Travel with New Service from Midway and Hobby Airports". Frontier Airlines. January 2022. Retrieved January 19, 2022.
  14. ^ "Iberojet announces flights from Barcelona to Cancun and Punta Cana". Aviacionline (in Spanish). November 2021. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  15. ^ a b c "Sunwing announces winter flight schedule from regional gateways across Atlantic Canada". Sunwing Travel Group. June 2021. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  16. ^ "Viva Air announces flights from Cali to Cancun and Mexico City". AviacionAlDia (in Spanish). November 2021. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  17. ^ a b "Volaris announces new routes to Cancun". Periodico Viaje (in Spanish). January 2022. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  18. ^ "Volaris will operate in Santa Lucia with flights to Tijuana and Cancun". Expansión (in Spanish). October 2021. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  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 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  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