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Cancún International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún
Cancun International Airport.jpg
    CUN is located in Quintana Roo
    Location of airport in Quintana Roo
Airport type Public
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste
Serves Cancún
Location Cancún, Quintana-Roo, Mexico
Hub for VivaAerobus
Focus city for Volaris
Elevation AMSL 20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 21°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
Direction Length Surface
ft m








Statistics (2016)
Total Passengers 21,415,795
International Passengers 14,571,637
Ranking in Mexico 2nd Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste

Cancún International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún) (IATA: CUNICAO: 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.[1] In 2016, Cancún airport handled 21,415,795 passengers, a 9.28% increase compared to 2015.[2]

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.[3] It has two parallel operative runways that can be used simultaneously. The airport was officially opened in 1974.[4] The airport is operated by Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR). It is a hub for VivaAerobus[5] and Volaris,[6] and currently offers flights to 21 destinations in Mexico and to over 30 countries in North, Central, South America and Europe.

Level will begin service in the 29 of June

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.[7]

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.[8] ASUR is currently building the new Terminal 4, scheduled to be ready by 2017.[9]


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

Terminal 1[edit]

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 two local airlines, Magni and VivaAerobus. Terminal 1 offers basic services to passengers.

Terminal 2[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Countries served by Cancun International Airport.


Airlines Destinations Terminal/
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza 2S
Aeroméxico Guadalajara, Havana, Mexico City, New York–JFK
Seasonal Charter: Kansas City
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City, Monterrey 2M
Aerotucán Cozumel 2M
Aruba Airlines Charter: Aruba 2M
Air Berlin Düsseldorf 3
Air Canada Calgary
Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Vancouver
Air Europa Madrid 3
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle 3
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, Kelowna, London (ON), Ottawa, Québec City, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John's, Victoria, Winnipeg
Air Transat
operated by Flair Airlines
Calgary, Edmonton 2S
Alaska Airlines Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma 3
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–JFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Boston, Kansas City, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham
Apple Vacations Seasonal Charter: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago–Rockford, Lansing, Pittsburgh 3
Avianca Bogotá 2S
Avianca Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica, San Salvador 2S
Avianca Peru Lima 2S
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan-Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino 2S
Boliviana de Aviación Seasonal Charter: Santa Cruz de la Sierra 2S
British Airways London–Gatwick 3
Calima Aviación
operated by Orbest Portugal
Seasonal Charter: Madrid 2S
Condor Frankfurt, Munich 3
Copa Airlines Panama City 2S
Cubana de Aviación Havana 2M
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus (OH), Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, Washington–Dulles
EasySky Tegucigalpa TBA
Edelweiss Air Zürich (resumes April 17, 2017)[10] TBA
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
Cologne/Bonn 2S
Evelop Airlines Madrid 3
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki 2M
Frontier Airlines Cleveland, Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Philadelphia, St. Louis
Seasonal: Cincinnati
Interjet Bogotá, Guadalajara, Havana, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, Toluca/Mexico City, New York–JFK 2M, 2S, 3
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK, Orlando 3
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile 2S
LATAM Colombia Bogotá 2S
LATAM Perú Lima 2S
LOT Polish Airlines Charter: Warsaw–Chopin 3
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Seasonal: Frankfurt 3
Magnicharters Guadalajara, León/Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey 1
Maya Island Air Belize City 2M
MAYAir Chetumal, Cozumel, Mérida, Veracruz, Villahermosa FBO
Neos Scheduled charter: Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino 3
Nordwind Airlines Moscow–Sheremetyevo 3
Orbest Seasonal: Lisbon 2S
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Denver, Fort Lauderdale (begins June 4, 2017),[11] Houston–Hobby, Los Angeles, Milwaukee
Seasonal: Austin, San Antonio
Spirit Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental 3
Sun Country Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Myers, Minneapolis/St. Paul 3
Sunwing Airlines Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal–Trudeau, Québec City, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Bagotville, Halifax, Kelowna, London (ON), Regina, Saskatoon, Sault Ste. Marie, St. John, Thunder Bay, Windsor (ON), Winnipeg
Thomas Cook Airlines London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Belfast, London–Stansted
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda 3
Thomson Airways Birmingham (UK), London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol (begins May 6, 2017),[12] Copenhagen, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Helsinki, Newcastle upon Tyne, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Dublin
Tropic Air Belize City 2M
TUI fly Belgium Brussels 2S
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam 2S
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal Charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda 2S
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Austin, Cleveland, New Orleans, San Antonio
Vacation Express Seasonal Charter: Atlanta, Birmingham (AL), Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago/Rockford, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Providence (begins July 7, 2017),[13] Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Tampa 2M, 2S, 3
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco 3
Virgin Atlantic London–Gatwick 3
VivaAerobus Ciudad Juárez (begins June 10, 2017),[14] Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro (begins June 8, 2017),[14] Reynosa, Tampico, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa 1
Volaris Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, Reynosa (ends April 1, 2017), San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez
Seasonal Charter: Newark
Wamos Air Madrid 3
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, Moncton, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
Wingo Bogotá 2S
XL Airways France Paris–Charles de Gaulle 2S


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

Traffic statistics[edit]

Terminal 1 Layout.
Terminal 2 Layout.
Terminal 3 Layout.
Terminal 1
Terminal 2 interior
Terminal 3 interior

Passenger figures[edit]

Passenger statistics for Cancún International Airport[15]
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 (Jan-Feb) 3,882,353 Increase 10.7%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2016)[16]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline
1  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 2,145,909 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
2  Nuevo León, Monterrey 482,213 Steady Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
3  USA, Houston (airports George Bush & Hobby)[Notes 1] 423,634 Increase 1 Aeroméxico, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
4  USA, Dallas/Fort Worth 363,140 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
5  USA, Atlanta 360,652 Steady Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines
6  USA, Chicago (airports Midway & O'Hare)[Notes 2] 345,481 Steady American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
7  Canada, Toronto 340,360 Steady Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
8  Jalisco, Guadalajara 321,941 Increase 3 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
9  USA, Miami 306,811 Decrease 1 American Airlines, Interjet
10  USA, New York 305,515 Decrease 1 Aeroméxico, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, JetBlue Airways
11  Panama, Panama City 258,781 Decrease 1 Copa Airlines
12  USA, Los Angeles 255,425 Increase 2 Aeroméxico, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America
13  USA, Denver 227,951 Increase 2 Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
14  UK, London 213,859 Decrease 2 British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways
15  Canada, Montréal 204,331 Decrease 2 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
16  USA, Newark 203,095 Increase 1 United Airlines, Volaris
17  USA, Charlotte 187,474 Decrease 1 American Airlines
18  USA, Philadelphia 169,063 Steady American Airlines, Frontier Airlines
19  Colombia, Bogotá 162,529 Steady Avianca, Interjet, Copa Airlines Colombia, LATAM Colombia, Wingo
20  Spain, Madrid 144,959 Steady Air Europa, Calima Aviación, Evelop Airlines, Wamos Air
21  USA, Minneapolis/St. Paul 143,248 Steady Delta Air Lines, Sun Country Airlines
22  Cuba, Havana 135,295 Increase 5 Aeroméxico, Cubana de Aviación, Interjet
23  USA, Fort Lauderdale 128,926 Decrease 1 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
24  Peru, Lima 121,835 Increase 4 Avianca Perú, LATAM Perú
25  Canada, Calgary 116,404 Steady Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
26  UK, Manchester 113,450 Decrease 3 Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways
27  USA, Detroit 107,211 Decrease 1 Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines
28  Veracruz, Veracruz 104,736 Increase 1 Mayair, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
29  USA, Washington D.C. 104,021 Increase 2 Delta Air Lines, United Airlines
30  USA, San Francisco 103,658 Increase 3 United Airlines, Virgin America
31  USA, Baltimore 93,680 Decrease 7 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines
32  USA, Phoenix 74,041 Steady American Airlines
33  Canada, Vancouver 73,020 Increase 2 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
34  USA, St. Louis 66,193 Increase 4 Frontier Airlines
35  Costa Rica, San José 63,887 Increase 2 Avianca Costa Rica, Volaris
36  México (state), Toluca 59,468 Decrease 6 Interjet, Volaris
37  Argentina, Buenos Aires 58,213 Increase 2 Aerolíneas Argentinas
38  Guanajuato, León 57,336 Increase 2 Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
39  USA, Orlando 54,310 Decrease 3 Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways
40  Puebla, Puebla 53,377 Increase 1 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
41  Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 50,715 Increase 7 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
42  USA, Boston 50,679 Increase 1 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways
43  Canada, Edmonton 44,570 Decrease 9 Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
44  USA, Salt Lake City 43,018 Steady Delta Air Lines
45  USA, Cleveland 39,947 Decrease 3 Frontier Airlines, United Airlines
46  Tamaulipas, Reynosa 39,307 Increase 13 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
47  Tabasco, Villahermosa 37,679 Increase 7 MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
48  USA, Austin 37,613 Decrease 3 Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
49  Canada, Québec City 36,992 Decrease 2 Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines
50  Querétaro, Querétaro 34,247 Increase 8 Volaris
  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.[17]
  • 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[18] and 2nd Best Airport by Size in the 5 to 15 million passenger category.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  2. ^ "ASUR Announces Total Passenger Traffic for December 2015 Up 8.5% Year over Year". PR Newswire Association. January 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cancún's Airport Map". Aeropuertos del Suereste. August 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "History". Cancun Online Community. August 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Our Destinations". VivaAerobus. August 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Our Destinations". Volaris. August 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Cancun opens second runway as traffic grows 30% in two years; US routes lead way". October 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Inaugurated Terminal 3 of Cancún Airport (in Spanish)". Periódico El Economista. March 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Call Transcript" (PDF). Aeropuertos del Sureste. October 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ "Southwest's plans in motion for Caribbean service from Fort Lauderdale" (Web). Dallas News. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
  12. ^ "More choice, more variety and more local routes for South-West's sun-seakers". Bristol Airport. April 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ a b "Viva Aerobus announces Cancún-Querétaro and Ciudad Juárez-Cancún" (in Spanish). Viva Aerobus. January 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  16. ^ "Air carrier operational statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". 1984-03-15. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  18. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport in Latin America - Caribbean" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13
  19. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport by Size (5-15m)" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13

External links[edit]

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