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Airport Cancún (Mexico) - International

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Cancún International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún
Airport type Public
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste
Serves Cancún
Location Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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
Website http://www.cancuniairport.com
Cancún International Airport
Direction Length Surface
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Statistics (2017)
Total Passengers 23,601,509
International Passengers 15,793,141
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 2017, Cancún airport handled 23,601,509 passengers, a 10.21% increase compared to 2016.[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 focus city for Aeroméxico, 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 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.[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 on October 2017.[6]


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

Terminal 1

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; it also serves two local airlines, Magni and VivaAerobus. Terminal 1 offers basic services to passengers.

Terminal 2

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 immigration/customs services.

Terminal 3

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

Terminal 4 has 12 gates and opened in October 2017. The terminal is able to handle 9 million passengers a year.[7] Airlines flying to terminal 4 include Aeroméxico, Interjet, Air France, Lufthansa, Air Transat, WestJet, Condor, Southwest Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air Europa, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country Airlines.[8] 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

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos AiresEzeiza
Aeromar Mérida, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Villahermosa
Aeroméxico Guadalajara, Havana, Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City, Monterrey
Air Canada Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg
Air Canada Rouge MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson
Seasonal: Calgary, Vancouver
Air Europa Madrid
Air France ParisCharles de Gaulle
Air Transat Calgary, Edmonton, MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, London (ON), Ottawa, Québec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
Air Transat
operated by Canadian North
Calgary, Edmonton
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, San Francisco (both begin April 25, 2018)[9]
Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Charlotte, ChicagoO'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New YorkJFK, Philadelphia, PhoenixSky Harbor
Seasonal: Boston, Kansas City, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham
Apple Vacations Charter: Cincinnati
Seasonal Charter: Baltimore, Boston, ChicagoRockford, Lansing, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica, San Salvador
Avianca Peru Lima
Blue Panorama Airlines MilanMalpensa, RomeFiumicino
British Airways LondonGatwick
Calafia Airlines Palenque (begins January 13, 2018)[10]
Condor Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich
Copa Airlines Panama City
Cubana de Aviación Havana
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New YorkJFK, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, ColumbusGlenn, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, WashingtonDulles
EasySky Tegucigalpa
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn
Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Munich (begins April 18, 2018)[11]
Evelop Airlines Madrid
Frontier Airlines ChicagoO'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Orlando, Philadelphia, St. Louis
Interjet Aguascalientes, Bogotá, Guadalajara, Havana, León/El Bajío, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, MontréalTrudeau, New YorkJFK, Toluca/Mexico City, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New YorkJFK, Orlando
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Colombia Bogotá
LATAM Perú Lima
LOT Polish Airlines Charter: WarsawChopin
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt
Magni Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey
Seasonal Charter: Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Nuevo Laredo (resumes July 3, 2018),[12] San Luis Potosí
Maya Island Air Belize City
MAYAir Chetumal, Cozumel, Mérida, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Neos Scheduled charter: MilanMalpensa, RomeFiumicino, Verona
Nordwind Airlines Charter: MoscowSheremetyevo
Orbest Seasonal: Lisbon
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, ChicagoMidway, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, HoustonHobby, Los Angeles, Nashville, St. Louis
Seasonal: Austin, ColumbusGlenn (begins April 14, 2018),[13] Indianapolis (begins March 10, 2018),[14] New Orleans (begins April 14, 2018),[15] Pittsburgh (begins June 9, 2018),[16] Raleigh/Durham (begins June 9, 2018),[16] San Antonio (resumes June 7, 2018)[17]
Spirit Airlines Baltimore, ChicagoO'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, HoustonIntercontinental
Sun Country Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Sunwing Airlines Calgary, Edmonton, MontréalTrudeau, Québec City, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Bagotville, Fredericton, Halifax, Kelowna, Moncton, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Windsor (ON), Winnipeg
Thomas Cook Airlines LondonGatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Glasgow, LondonStansted
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda[18]
Tropic Air Belize City
TUI Airways Birmingham (UK), LondonGatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol, Copenhagen, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Helsinki, Newcastle upon Tyne, StockholmArlanda
Seasonal charter: Dublin
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam, WarsawChopin
United Airlines ChicagoO'Hare, Denver, HoustonIntercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, WashingtonDulles
Seasonal: Austin, Cleveland, New Orleans, San Antonio
Vacation Express Charter: Cincinnati
Seasonal Charter: Atlanta, Buffalo, Charlotte, ChicagoO'Hare (begins February 18, 2018), ColumbusGlenn, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Newark, Pittsburgh
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco (both end April 24, 2018)[9]
Virgin Atlantic LondonGatwick
VivaAerobus Chihuahua (begins March 27, 2018),[19] Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, Reynosa, San José de Costa Rica, Tampico, Torreón/Gómez Palacio (resumes June 2, 2018),[20] Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: ChicagoO'Hare (begins February 17, 2018),[21] Newark (begins March 24, 2018)[21]
Volaris Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, San Juan (ends January 21, 2018), San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Seasonal: Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez
Volaris Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica
Wamos Air Madrid
WestJet Calgary, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, MontréalTrudeau, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
Wingo Bogotá
XL Airways France ParisCharles de Gaulle
Airlines Destinations
Amerijet International Belize City, Ciudad del Carmen, Mérida, Miami
Estafeta Carga Aérea Mérida, Miami
FedEx Express Miami

Traffic statistics

Passenger figures
Passenger statistics for Cancún International Airport[22]
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 21,415,795 9.3%
2017 23,601,509 10.2%
Busiest routes
Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2016)[23]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline(s)
1  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 2,145,909 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
2  Nuevo León, Monterrey 482,213 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
3  USA, Houston (airports George Bush & Hobby)[Notes 1] 423,634 1 Aeroméxico, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
4  USA, Dallas/Fort Worth 363,140 1 Aeroméxico, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
5  USA, Atlanta 360,652 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines
6  USA, Chicago (airports Midway & O'Hare)[Notes 2] 345,481 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
7  Canada, Toronto 340,360 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
8  Jalisco, Guadalajara 321,941 3 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
9  USA, Miami 306,811 1 American Airlines, Interjet
10  USA, New York 305,515 1 Aeroméxico, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, JetBlue Airways
11  Panama, Panama City 258,781 1 Copa Airlines
12  USA, Los Angeles 255,425 2 Aeroméxico, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America
13  USA, Denver 227,951 2 Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
14  UK, London 213,859 2 British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways
15  Canada, Montréal 204,331 2 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
16  USA, Newark 203,095 1 United Airlines, Volaris
17  USA, Charlotte 187,474 1 American Airlines
18  USA, Philadelphia 169,063 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines
19  Colombia, Bogotá 162,529 Avianca, Interjet, Copa Airlines Colombia, LATAM Colombia, Wingo
20  Spain, Madrid 144,959 Air Europa, Calima Aviación, Evelop Airlines, Wamos Air
21  USA, Minneapolis/St. Paul 143,248 Delta Air Lines, Sun Country Airlines
22  Cuba, Havana 135,295 5 Aeroméxico, Cubana de Aviación, Interjet
23  USA, Fort Lauderdale 128,926 1 JetBlue, Spirit Airlines
24  Peru, Lima 121,835 4 Avianca Perú, LATAM Perú
25  Canada, Calgary 116,404 Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
26  UK, Manchester 113,450 3 Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways
27  USA, Detroit 107,211 1 Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines
28  Veracruz, Veracruz 104,736 1 MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
29  USA, Washington D.C. 104,021 2 Delta Air Lines, United Airlines
30  USA, San Francisco 103,658 3 United Airlines, Virgin America
31  USA, Baltimore 93,680 7 Apple Vacations, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
32  USA, Phoenix 74,041 American Airlines
33  Canada, Vancouver 73,020 2 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
34  USA, St. Louis 66,193 4 Frontier Airlines
35  Costa Rica, San José 63,887 2 Avianca Costa Rica, Volaris
36  México (state), Toluca 59,468 6 Interjet, Volaris
37  Argentina, Buenos Aires 58,213 2 Aerolíneas Argentinas
38  Guanajuato, León 57,336 2 Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
39  USA, Orlando 54,310 3 Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways
40  Puebla, Puebla 53,377 1 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
41  Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 50,715 7 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
42  USA, Boston 50,679 1 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways
43  Canada, Edmonton 44,570 9 Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
44  USA, Salt Lake City 43,018 Delta Air Lines
45  USA, Cleveland 39,947 3 Frontier Airlines, United Airlines
46  Tamaulipas, Reynosa 39,307 13 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
47  Tabasco, Villahermosa 37,679 7 MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
48  USA, Austin 37,613 3 Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
49  Canada, Québec City 36,992 2 Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines
50  Querétaro, Querétaro 34,247 8 Volaris
  1. ^ Official statistics include George Bush and Hobby Airports.
  2. ^ Official statistics include Midway and O'Hare airports.

Accidents and incidents

  • 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.[24]
  • 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[25] and 2nd Best Airport by Size in the 5 to 15 million passenger category.[26]

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  2. ^ "ASUR Announces Total Passenger Traffic for December 2017". PR Newswire Association. January 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  3. ^ "History". Cancun Online Community. August 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cancun opens second runway as traffic grows 30% in two years; US routes lead way". anna.aero. October 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Inaugurated Terminal 3 of Cancún Airport (in Spanish)". Periódico El Economista. March 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Call Transcript" (PDF). Aeropuertos del Sureste. October 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ theyucatantimes.com - Cancun airports new 4th terminal will open Oct. 10
  8. ^ cancuniairport.com - Cancun Airport Terminal 4
  9. ^ a b "Virgin America flights become Alaska next April". Flightglobal.com. 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2018-01-02. 
  10. ^ "Calafia Airlines. Salida: Cancún(CUN)" (Web) (in Spanish). Calafia Airlines. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Eurowings outlines new S18 long-haul routes" (Web). Routes Online. July 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Nuevo Laredo will have direct flight to Puerto Vallarta" (in Spanish). Milenio Diario. November 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Southwest announces new non stop flights to Cancún from Columbus" (in Spanish). EnElAire. August 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Southwest Reports Second Quarter Profit" (Web). Southwest Airways. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Southwest planning seasonal non-stop service between New Orleans, Cancun". Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "Southwest Launches New Flights to Cancun in 2018 Schedule". Travel Agent Central. November 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Southwest announces more seasonal flights to Cancun" (in Spanish). EnElAire. November 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Charterflyg Stockholm-Arlanda till Cancun, Mexiko, 1 vecka" (Web) (in Swedish). Ving - Part of the Thomas Cook Group. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Viva Aerobus announces two new flighst from Cancún" (in Spanish). EnElAire. November 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Viva Aerobus - Tu búsqueda: CANCUN - TERMINAL 1 - TORREON" (Web) (in Spanish). Viva Aerobus. Retrieved December 17, 2017. 
  21. ^ a b "New Flights". Viva Aerobus. October 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Asur.com.mx. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Air carrier operational statistics". Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2017. Archived from the original on October 16, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. 1984-03-15. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  25. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport in Latin America - Caribbean" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13
  26. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport by Size (5-15m)" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13

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