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
CUN is located in Quintana Roo
Location of the airport in Quintana Roo
CUN is located in Mexico
CUN (Mexico)
CUN is located in North America
CUN (North America)
Direction Length Surface
ft m








Statistics (2018)
Total Passengers25,202,016
International Passengers16,424,506
Ranking in Mexico2nd Steady
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 Latin America's fourth and Mexico's second busiest airport, after Mexico City International Airport.[1] In 2018, Cancún airport handled 25,202,016 passengers, a 6.8% increase compared to 2017.[2]

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 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.[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: 1-7A. 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]

The Terminal 2 at the Cancun Airport 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 immigration/customs services. A VIP airport lounge operated by Global Lounge Network[7] serves domestic and international travelers.

Terminal 3[edit]

Terminal 3 has 21 gates: C4-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.

Terminal 4[edit]

Terminal 4 has 12 gates and opened in October 2017. The terminal 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 around the same time frame as well as a parking structure. The addition of terminal 4 made Cancun International the first airport in Mexico to have four terminals.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City, Monterrey
Air Canada Calgary
Seasonal: Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Ottawa, Québec City (begins December 21, 2019)[10]
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Transat Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton (ON), London (ON), Ottawa, Québec City, Victoria, Winnipeg
Alaska Airlines Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York–JFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Boston
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica, San Salvador
Avianca Perú Lima (ends January 16, 2020)[11]
Azur Air Seasonal Charter: Moscow-Vnukovo
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan–Malpensa
British Airways London–Gatwick
Condor Frankfurt
Seasonal: Munich (begins May 4, 2020)[12]
Conviasa Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Cubana de Aviación Havana (suspended)[13]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus–Glenn, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, Washington–Dulles
EasySky Tegucigalpa
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Evelop Airlines Madrid
Frontier Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia, St. Louis
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Indianapolis (resumes December 20, 2019),[14] Kansas City
Gol Transportes Aéreos Brasília
Interjet Acapulco, Bogotá, Guadalajara, Guayaquil, Havana, Lima, Los Angeles, Medellín–JMC, Mexico City, Miami (resumes April 1, 2020),[15] Monterrey, Montréal–Trudeau, Oaxaca, Toluca/Mexico City, Toronto–Pearson
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK, Orlando
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal Charter: Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Magni Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey
Seasonal Charter: Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, 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
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Los Angeles (ends January 5, 2020),[16] St. Louis
Seasonal: Austin, Columbus–Glenn, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio
Spirit Airlines Austin (begins February 26, 2020),[17] Baltimore, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland (begins February 14, 2020),[17] Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental, Nashville (begins February 27, 2020),[17] Pittsburgh (begins February 13, 2020),[17] Philadelphia (begins March 1, 2020)[17]
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Stockholm-Arlanda[18]
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth
Sunwing Airlines Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal–Trudeau, Québec City, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton (ON) (begins December 15, 2019),[19] Kelowna, Kitchener/Waterloo (resumes December 18, 2019),[20] Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg
Swoop Edmonton, Hamilton (ON), London (ON)
Tropic Air Belize City
TUI Airways[21] Birmingham (UK), London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol, Doncaster/Sheffield (begins May 3, 2020),[22] Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Copenhagen,[23] Gothenburg, Helsinki,[24] Stockholm–Arlanda[25]
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam
Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin
Turkish Airlines Istanbul1
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Austin, Cleveland, New Orleans, San Antonio
VivaAerobus Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, Reynosa, Tampico, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Camagüey, Newark (resumes December 14, 2019)[26] San José de Costa Rica (resumes December 13, 2019)[26]
Volaris Aguascalientes, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Seasonal: Chihuahua
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 doesn't 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 Layout.
Terminal 2 Layout.
Terminal 3 Layout.
Terminal 1
A Frontier aircraft bound for St. Louis in 2018
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[27]
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%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2018)[28]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1 Mexico City 2,519,147 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2 Monterrey, Nuevo León 645,661 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3 Guadalajara, Jalisco 475,108 Increase 2 Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4 Houston (airports George Bush & Hobby),[Notes 1] Texas 436,226 Decrease 1 Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
5 Toronto, Ontario 421,224 Increase 1 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
6 Chicago (Midway & O'Hare airports),[Notes 2] Illinois 416,652 Decrease 2 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, Vacation Express
7 Dallas, Texas 390,091 Increase 3 American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
8 New York City, New York 368,655 Steady American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, JetBlue
9 Atlanta, Georgia 364,092 Decrease 2 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Vacation Express
10 Panama City, Panama 319,910 Decrease 2 Copa Airlines
11 Miami, Florida 291,487 Steady American Airlines
12 Los Angeles, California 287,590 Decrease 3 Delta Air Lines, Interjet, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
13 Montréal, Quebec 241,801 Increase 1 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
14 Denver, Colorado 216,832 Decrease 1 Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
15 Bogotá, Colombia 216,453 Increase 2 Avianca, Interjet, LATAM Colombia, Wingo
16 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 206,871 Increase 6 JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
17 Lima, Peru 201,536 Increase 6 Avianca Perú, LATAM Perú
18 London, United Kingdom 201,084 Decrease 3 British Airways, TUI Airways
19 Havana, Cuba 200,643 Steady Aeroméxico, Cubana de Aviación, Interjet
20 Newark, New Jersey 192,238 Decrease 4 United Airlines, Vacation Express, Viva Aerobus
21 Charlotte, North Carolina 183,841 Decrease 3 American Airlines, Vacation Express
22 León, Guanajuato 161,188 Increase 7 Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
23 Madrid, Spain 155,269 Decrease 3 Air Europa, Evelop Airlines, Wamos Air
24 Manchester, United Kingdom 146,598 Increase 2 TUI Airways
25 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. 145,143 Decrease 6 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines
26 Minneapolis, Minnesota 143,370 Steady Delta Air Lines, Sun Country Airlines
27 Calgary, Alberta, Canada 119,019 Steady Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
28 Detroit, Michigan, U.S. 117,974 Steady Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines
29 Veracruz, Veracruz 113,977 Steady MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
30 Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. 105,490 Increase 1 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
31 San Francisco, California, U.S. 101,405 Decrease 1 United Airlines, Virgin America
32 Washington D.C., U.S. 99,068 Decrease 3 Delta Air Lines, United Airlines
33 Puebla, Puebla 89,924 Increase 7 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
34 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 85,329 Decrease 1 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
35 Orlando, Florida, U.S. 78,279 Increase 4 Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue
36 Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. 76,529 Decrease 4 American Airlines
37 San José, Costa Rica 76,031 Decrease 2 Avianca Costa Rica, Viva Aerobus, Volaris Costa Rica
38 St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. 68,853 Decrease 4 Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines
39 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas 61,066 Increase 2 Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
40 Buenos Aires, Argentina 57,221 Decrease 3 Aerolíneas Argentinas
41 Toluca, Distrito Federal 55,993 Decrease 5 Interjet, Volaris
42 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. 50,121 Steady American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
43 Ciudad Querétaro, Querétaro 47,871 Increase 8 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
44 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 47,438 Decrease 1 Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
45 Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. 44,226 Decrease 1 Delta Air Lines
46 Villahermosa, Tabasco 42,716 Increase 1 MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
47 Austin, Texas, U.S. 41,156 Increase 1 Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
48 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. 37,269 Decrease 3 Frontier Airlines, United Airlines
49 Brussels, Belgium 36,267 Increase 7 TUI fly Belgium
50 Seattle, Washington, U.S. 32,837 Increase 3 Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines
  1. ^ Official statistics include George Bush and Hobby Airports.
  2. ^ Official statistics include Midway and O'Hare airports.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[29]
  • 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[30] and 2nd Best Airport by Size in the 5 to 15 million passenger category.[31]

See also[edit]


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  19. ^ "Sunwing to operate more direct flights from Hamilton than ever before". GlobeNewswire. July 2019. Archived from the original on July 23, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
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  23. ^ "Only Flight". Archived from the original on 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
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  26. ^ a b "Viva Aerobus re activates 7 routes for the winter season" (in Spanish). EnElAire. December 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  27. ^ "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  28. ^ "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2019. Archived from the original on January 23, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  29. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". 1984-03-15. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
  30. ^ "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
  31. ^ "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]

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