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Cancún International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún


Location of airport in Quintana Roo
Airport type Public
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste
Serves Cancún
Location Cancún, Quintana-Roo, Mexico
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 21°0212N 86°5237W / 21.03667°N 86.87694°W / 21.03667; -86.87694Coordinates: 21°0212N 86°5237W / 21.03667°N 86.87694°W / 21.03667; -86.87694
Direction Length Surface
ft m








Statistics (2015)
Total Passengers 19,596,485
International Passengers 13,566,003
Ranking in Mexico 2nd
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 2015, Cancún airport handled 19,596,485 passengers, a 12.3% increase compared to 2014.[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 the United States and Europe.[3] 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[4] and Volaris,[5] 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.[6]


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

Terminal 1[edit]
  • 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 2013, the terminal 1 re-opened the gates to domestic and charter flights.
Terminal 2[edit]
  • 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[edit]
  • Terminal 3 has 15 gates: C23-C37

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal/
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos AiresEzeiza
Seasonal: Córdoba
Aeroméxico Guadalajara (begins June 1, 2016),[7] Havana, Mexico City, New YorkJFK
Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth, HoustonIntercontinental, Los Angeles, Monterrey
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City, Monterrey 2M
Aerotucán Cozumel 2M
Aruba Airlines Charter: Aruba 2M
Air Berlin Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Munich
Air Canada Calgary
Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg
Air Canada Rouge MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson
Seasonal: Vancouver
Air Europa Madrid 3
Air France Seasonal: ParisCharles de Gaulle 3
Air Transat MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, Kelowna, London (ON), Ottawa, Québec City, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John's, Victoria, Winnipeg
Alaska Airlines Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma 3
American Airlines Charlotte, ChicagoO'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New YorkJFK, Philadelphia, PhoenixSky Harbor
Seasonal: Boston, Kansas City, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham
Apple Vacations
operated by Alaska Airlines
Seasonal Charter: Baltimore 3
Apple Vacations
operated by Allegiant Air
Seasonal Charter: Pittsburgh 3
Apple Vacations
operated by Icelandair
Seasonal Charter: Boston 3
Apple Vacations
operated by Xtra Airways
Seasonal Charter: Baltimore 3
Arkefly Amsterdam
Seasonal Charter: WarsawChopin
Avianca Bogotá 2S
Avianca Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica, San Salvador 2S
Avianca Peru Lima 2S
Blue Panorama Airlines RomeFiumicino 2S
Branson Air Express
operated by Elite Airways
Seasonal: Branson, New Orleans 2S
British Airways LondonGatwick 3
Calima Aviación
operated by Orbest Portugal
Seasonal Charter: Madrid 2S
Condor Frankfurt, Munich 3
Copa Airlines Panama City 2S
Copa Airlines Colombia Bogotá 2S
Cubana de Aviación Havana 2M
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St Paul, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus (OH), Hartford, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, OrlandoInternational, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, WashingtonDulles
Dynamic Airways ChicagoO'Hare (begins October 23, 2016),[8] Los Angeles (begins June 25, 2016)[9] New York-JFK (begins May 2, 2016)[10] 3
EuroAtlantic Airways Seasonal: Lisbon, Porto 2S
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
Cologne/Bonn 2S
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki 2M
Frontier Airlines Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia, St. Louis
Seasonal: Cincinnati
Interjet Guadalajara, Havana, Los Angeles (begins May 19, 2016),[11] Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, Toluca/Mexico City 2M, 2S, 3
Jetairfly Brussels 2S
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New YorkJFK, OrlandoInternational 3
LAN Airlines Santiago de Chile 2S
LAN Colombia Bogotá 2S
LAN Peru Lima 2S
LOT Polish Airlines Charter: WarsawChopin 3
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Seasonal: Frankfurt 3
Magnicharters Guadalajara, León/Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey 1
Maya Island Air Belize City 2M
MAYAir Cozumel, Mérida, Veracruz, Villahermosa FBO
Novair Charter: GothenburgLandvetter 2S
Neos Scheduled charter: MilanMalpensa, RomeFiumicino 3
Nordwind Airlines MoscowSheremetyevo 3
Orbest Portugal Madrid
Charter: Lisbon
SATA International Charter: Lisbon 2S
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, ChicagoMidway, Denver, HoustonHobby
Seasonal: Austin, Milwaukee, San Antonio
Spirit Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, HoustonIntercontinental
Seasonal: Detroit
Sun Country Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Myers, Minneapolis/St. Paul 3
Sunwing Airlines Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal-Trudeau, Québec City, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Bagotville, Halifax, London (ON), Regina, Saskatoon, Sault Ste. Marie, St. John, Thunder Bay, Windsor (ON), Winnipeg
TAM Airlines São Paulo-Guarulhos (ends July 2, 2016) 2S
TAR Aerolineas Ciudad del Carmen, Veracruz 1
Thomas Cook Airlines LondonGatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Glasgow, LondonStansted
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda 3
Thomson Airways Birmingham (UK), LondonGatwick, LondonStansted (begins May 3, 2016), Manchester
Seasonal: East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne, OsloGardenmoen, StockholmArlanda
Seasonal Charter: Dublin (begins June 13, 2016)[12]
Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos Flores 2M
Tropic Air Belize City 2M
operated by TUI Airlines Netherlands
Seasonal Charter: Hamburg 2S
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal Charter: Copenhagen, GothenburgLandvetter, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda 2S
United Airlines ChicagoO'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, HoustonIntercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, WashingtonDulles
Seasonal: Austin, New Orleans, San Antonio
Vacation Express
operated by Sunwing Airlines
Seasonal Charter: Atlanta, Birmingham (AL), Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago/Rockford, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Lansing, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Newark, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond 2M, 2S, 3
Vacation Express
operated by Interjet
Seasonal Charter: Columbus (OH), Cleveland 2M, 2S, 3
Vacation Express
operated by Volaris
Seasonal Charter: Indianapolis 2M, 2S, 3
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco 3
Virgin Atlantic LondonGatwick 3
VivaAerobus Guadalajara, León/El Bajío (begins October 1, 2016),[13] Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla (begins October 1, 2016),[13] Reynosa, Tampico, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa 1
Volaris Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, Reynosa, San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez
Wamos Air Charter: Madrid 3
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton, MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, London (ON), Moncton, Ottawa, Québec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
XL Airways France Brussels, ParisCharles de Gaulle 2S

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.

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

Traffic statistics[edit]

Passenger statistics for Cancún International Airport[14]
Year Total passengers  % change
1999 6,969,733 -
2000 7,745,317 11.1%
2001 7,639,021 1.4%
2002 7,717,144 1.0%
2003 8,683,950 12.5%
2004 10,010,526 15.3%
2005 9,301,240 7.1%
2006 9,728,149 4.6%
2007 11,340,027 16.6%
2008 12,646,451 11.5%
2009 11,174,908 11.6%
2010 12,439,266 11.3%
2011 13,022,481 4.7%
2012 14,463,435 11.1%
2013 15,962,162 10.4%
2014 17,455,353 9.4%
2015 19,596,485 12.3%
2016 (Jan-Mar) 5,498,876 9.1%
Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2015)[15]
Rank City Scheduled Charter Total passengers Airline
1  Mexico, Mexico City 3,870,116 870 3,870,986 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  United States, New York City (New YorkJFK and Newark airports.)[16] 894,036 13,274 907,310 Aeroméxico, American, United, JetBlue
3  Mexico, Monterrey 858,635 320 858,955 Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobus, Magnicharters
4  United States, Dallas 737,728 15,216 752,944 Aeroméxico, American, Spirit, Sun Country
5  United States, Houston 711,062 14,961 726,023 United
6  United States, Atlanta 682,645 6,148 688,793 AirTran/Southwest, Delta
7  United States, Chicago (Midway, O'Hare & Rockford airports.) 544,587 105,796 650,383 American, United, Southwest
8  Canada, Toronto 605,718 31,276 636,994 Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, WestJet
9  United States, Miami 601,117 2,256 603,373 Aeroméxico, American
10  Panama, Panama City 530,643 814 531,457 Copa
11  Mexico, Guadalajara 513,879 - 513,879 Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, Volaris
12  UK, London 245,711 163,188 408,899 British Airways, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Virgin Atlantic
13  Canada, Montréal 325,556 67,806 393,362 Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet, Sunwing, WestJet
14  United States, Los Angeles 391,259 246 391,505 Aeroméxico, Delta, United, Virgin America
15  United States, Denver 384,610 1,004 385,614 Frontier, Southwest, United
16  United States, Charlotte 344,253 4,509 348,762 American Airlines
17  United States, Philadelphia 325,174 521 325,695 American Airlines, Frontier
18  Colombia, Bogotá 309,005 6,995 316,000 Avianca, Copa Colombia, LAN Colombia
19  Spain, Madrid 302,551 - 302,551 Air Europa, Air Pullmantur, Evelop! Air
20  United States, Minneapolis/St. Paul 248,381 372 248,753 Delta, Sun Country
21  United States, Fort Lauderdale 206,276 - 206,276 JetBlue, Spirit
22  UK, Manchester 80,298 138,762 219,060 Monarch, Thomas Cook UK, Thomson
23  Canada, Calgary 194,865 7,977 202,842 Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet
24  United States, Baltimore 183,463 18,534 201,997 Southwest
25  Cuba, Havana 183,142 104 183,246 Aeroméxico, Cubana
26  United States, Detroit 171,662 7,674 179,336 Delta, Spirit
27  Peru, Lima 117,245 2,211 119,456 Avianca Perú, LAN Perú
28  Mexico, Veracruz 166,200 77 166,277 Mayair, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
29  Mexico, Toluca 164,359 - 164,359 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Volaris
30  United States, PhoenixSky Harbor 164,196 - 164,196 American Airlines


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[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]
  • 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.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.sct.gob.mx/transporte-y-medicina-preventiva/aeronautica-civil/estadisticas/estadistica-operacional-de-aeropuertos-airports-operational-statistics/
  2. ^ "ASUR Announces Total Passenger Traffic for December 2015 Up 8.5% Year over Year". 
  3. ^ http://www.asur.com.mx/en/airports/cancun/cancun-passengers/cancuns-airport-map.html
  4. ^ https://www.vivaaerobus.com/mx/destinos/nuestros-destinos#image4
  5. ^ http://www.volaris.com/en/home/travel-with-volaris/our-Destinations/cities-you-can-reach-with-volaris/
  6. ^ http://www.asur.com.mx/assets/files/es/inversionistas/informacion-financiera/trimestral/2014/ASUR-Airports-Investor-Relations-Transcript-14Q3.pdf
  7. ^ "Aeroméxico strengthens it's presence in Guadalajara". EnElAire. April 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2016. 
  8. ^ https://www.airdynamic.com/#/schedule/cun/ord/11%20Apr%202016/31%20Dec%202016
  9. ^ "Dynamic Airways Schedule LAX to CUN". Dynamic Airways. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Dynamic Airways adds new Cancun/San Juan Service in S16". Airline Route. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Flights to Los Angeles (in Spanish)". Interjet. February 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Direct Flights From Dublin Airport To Mexico And Jamaica In 2016". May 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "VivaAerobus has new routes for you (in Spanish)". VivaAerobus. February 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Asur.com.mx. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  15. ^ "Air Operational Statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  16. ^ Note 3 The official statistics includes both JFK and Newark Airports.
  17. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. 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
  20. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/29/breaking-news/222902/cancun-prepares-to-welcome-air-france-a380/

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