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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 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 (begins February 15, 2016),[7]
Air Europa Madrid 3
Air France Seasonal: ParisCharles de Gaulle 3
Air Transat MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton (begins March 8, 2016),[8] Halifax, Kelowna, London (ON), Ottawa, Québec City, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John's (begins March 8, 2016),[8] Victoria, Winnipeg
Alaska Airlines Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma 3
American Airlines Charlotte, ChicagoO'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New YorkJFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix
Seasonal: Boston, Kansas City (begins March 5, 2016),[9] Nashville (begins March 5, 2016),[9] Pittsburgh (begins March 5, 2016),[9] Raleigh/Durham (begins March 5, 2016)[9]
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, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, WashingtonDulles
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, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, Toluca/Mexico City 2M, 2S, 3
Jetairfly Brussels 2S
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New YorkJFK, Orlando 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),Windsor (ON) Regina, Saskatoon, Sault Ste. Marie, St. John, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg
TAM Airlines São Paulo-Guarulhos 2S
TAR Aerolineas Ciudad del Carmen, Veracruz 1
Thomas Cook Airlines LondonGatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: GlasgowInternational, LondonStansted
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda 3
Thomson Airways Birmingham (UK), LondonGatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: East Midlands, Edinburgh, GlasgowInternational, LondonStansted (begins May 3, 2016), Newcastle upon Tyne, OsloGardenmoen, StockholmArlanda
Seasonal charter: Dublin (begins June 13, 2016)[10]
Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos Flores 2M
Tropic Air Belize City 2M
TUIfly 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 (begins March 24, 2016), 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, Mexico City, Monterrey, Reynosa, Tampico, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa 1
Volaris Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Ciudad Juárez, Newark
Wamos Air Charter: Madrid 3
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton, MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, London (ON), Moncton, Ottawa, Québec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Victoria
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[11]
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%
Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2014)[12]
Rank City Scheduled Charter Total passengers Airline
1  Mexico, Mexico City 3,524,774 3,941 3,528,715 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magnicharters, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2  United States, New York City (New YorkJFK and Newark airports.)[13] 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, Southwest
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 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


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.[14]
  • 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[15] and 2nd Best Airport by Size in the 5 to 15 million passenger category.[16]
  • 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.[17]

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. ^ [1]
  8. ^ a b http://airlineroute.net/2015/07/22/ts-w15update2/
  9. ^ a b c d http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-airlines-customers-gain-new-non-stop-routes-to-cancun-300173130.html
  10. ^ "Direct Flights From Dublin Airport To Mexico And Jamaica In 2016". 
  11. ^ "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Asur.com.mx. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  12. ^ "Air Operational Statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  13. ^ Note 3 The official statistics includes both JFK and Newark Airports.
  14. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. 1984-03-15. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  15. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport in Latin America - Caribbean" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13
  16. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport by Size (5-15m)" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13
  17. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/29/breaking-news/222902/cancun-prepares-to-welcome-air-france-a380/

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