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Cancun International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún
Airport typePublic
OperatorGrupo Aeroportuario del Sureste
LocationCancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates21°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
Location of the airport in Quintana Roo
CUN (Mexico)
CUN (North America)
Direction Length Surface
ft m








Statistics (2018)
Total Passengers25,202,016
International Passengers16,424,506
Ranking in Mexico2nd
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

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

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. A VIP airport lounge operated by Global Lounge Network[7] serves domestic and international travelers.

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.[8] Airlines flying to terminal 4 include Aeroméxico, Interjet, Air France, Lufthansa, Air Transat, WestJet, Condor, Southwest Airlines, Thomas Cook 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

Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos AiresEzeiza
Aeroméxico Havana, Mexico City
Aeroméxico Connect Havana, Mexico City, Monterrey
Air Canada Calgary
Seasonal: Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Air Canada Rouge MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson
Seasonal: Ottawa (begins October 28, 2019),[10] Québec City (begins December 21, 2019)[11]
Air Europa Madrid
Air France ParisCharles de Gaulle
Air Transat Calgary, Edmonton, MontréalTrudeau, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton (ON), London (ON), Ottawa, Québec City, Victoria, Winnipeg
Alaska Airlines Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Charlotte, ChicagoO'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New YorkJFK, Philadelphia, PhoenixSky Harbor
Seasonal: Boston
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica, San Salvador
Avianca Perú Lima
Azur Air Seasonal Charter: Moscow-Vnukovo
Blue Panorama Airlines MilanMalpensa
British Airways LondonGatwick
Condor Frankfurt
Seasonal: Munich
Copa Airlines Panama CityTocumen
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 Düsseldorf
Evelop Airlines Madrid
Frontier Airlines ChicagoO'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Kansas City, Las Vegas[12]
Gol Transportes Aéreos Brasília
Interjet Bogotá, Guadalajara, Guayaquil (begins October 1, 2019),[13] Havana, León/El Bajío, Lima, Los Angeles, MedellínJMC, Mexico City, Monterrey, MontréalTrudeau, San Francisco, Toluca/Mexico City, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New YorkJFK, Orlando
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal Charter: WarsawChopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Magni Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey
Seasonal Charter: Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Nuevo Laredo, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí
Maya Island Air Belize City[citation needed]
MAYAir Chetumal, Cozumel, Mérida
Neos Scheduled charter: MilanMalpensa, RomeFiumicino, Verona
Nordwind Airlines Charter: MoscowSheremetyevo
Orbest Seasonal: Lisbon
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, ChicagoMidway, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, HoustonHobby, Los Angeles (ends January 5, 2020), St. Louis
Seasonal: Austin, ColumbusGlenn, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio
Spirit Airlines Baltimore, ChicagoO'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, HoustonIntercontinental
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth
Sunwing Airlines Calgary, Edmonton, MontréalTrudeau, Québec City, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Halifax, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg
Swoop Edmonton (begins October 24, 2019),[14] Hamilton (ON), London (ON) (begins October 24, 2019)[14]
Thomas Cook Airlines LondonGatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: BelfastInternational, Glasgow
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda[15]
Tropic Air Belize City
TUI Airways[16] Birmingham (UK), LondonGatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol, Doncaster/Sheffield (begins May 3, 2020),[17] East Midlands (ends 21 October 2019),[16] Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Copenhagen,[18] Dublin,[19] Helsinki,[20] StockholmArlanda[21]
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam
Seasonal: WarsawChopin
Turkish Airlines Istanbul1 (begins August 22, 2019)[22]
United Airlines ChicagoO'Hare, Denver, HoustonIntercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, WashingtonDulles
Seasonal: Austin, Cleveland, New Orleans, San Antonio
VivaAerobus Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, Reynosa, San José de Costa Rica, Tampico, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Camagüey
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, TorontoPearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
Wingo Bogotá
XL Airways France ParisCharles de Gaulle

^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

Passenger figures
Passenger statistics for Cancún International Airport[23]
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%
2018 25,202,016 6.8%
Busiest routes
Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2018)[24]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1 Mexico City 2,519,147 Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
2 Monterrey, Nuevo León 645,661 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
3 Guadalajara, Jalisco 475,108 2 Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobus, Volaris
4 Houston (airports George Bush & Hobby),[Notes 1] Texas 436,226 1 Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
5 Toronto, Ontario 421,224 1 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
6 Chicago (Midway & O'Hare airports),[Notes 2] Illinois 416,652 2 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, Vacation Express
7 Dallas, Texas 390,091 3 American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
8 New York City, New York 368,655 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, JetBlue
9 Atlanta, Georgia 364,092 2 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Vacation Express
10 Panama City, Panama 319,910 2 Copa Airlines
11 Miami, Florida 291,487 American Airlines
12 Los Angeles, California 287,590 3 Delta Air Lines, Interjet, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
13 Montréal, Quebec 241,801 1 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
14 Denver, Colorado 216,832 1 Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
15 Bogotá, Colombia 216,453 2 Avianca, Interjet, LATAM Colombia, Wingo
16 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 206,871 6 JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
17 Lima, Peru 201,536 6 Avianca Perú, LATAM Perú
18 London, United Kingdom 201,084 3 British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Airways
19 Havana, Cuba 200,643 Aeroméxico, Cubana de Aviación, Interjet
20 Newark, New Jersey 192,238 4 United Airlines, Vacation Express, Viva Aerobus
21 Charlotte, North Carolina 183,841 3 American Airlines, Vacation Express
22 León, Guanajuato 161,188 7 Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
23 Madrid, Spain 155,269 3 Air Europa, Evelop Airlines, Wamos Air
24 Manchester, United Kingdom 146,598 2 Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Airways
25 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. 145,143 6 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines
26 Minneapolis, Minnesota 143,370 Delta Air Lines, Sun Country Airlines
27 Calgary, Alberta, Canada 119,019 Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
28 Detroit, Michigan, U.S. 117,974 Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines
29 Veracruz, Veracruz 113,977 MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
30 Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. 105,490 1 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
31 San Francisco, California, U.S. 101,405 1 United Airlines, Virgin America
32 Washington D.C., U.S. 99,068 3 Delta Air Lines, United Airlines
33 Puebla, Puebla 89,924 7 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
34 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 85,329 1 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
35 Orlando, Florida, U.S. 78,279 4 Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue
36 Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. 76,529 4 American Airlines
37 San José, Costa Rica 76,031 2 Avianca Costa Rica, Viva Aerobus, Volaris Costa Rica
38 St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. 68,853 4 Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines
39 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas 61,066 2 Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
40 Buenos Aires, Argentina 57,221 3 Aerolíneas Argentinas
41 Toluca, Distrito Federal 55,993 5 Interjet, Volaris
42 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. 50,121 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
43 Ciudad Querétaro, Querétaro 47,871 8 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
44 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 47,438 1 Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
45 Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. 44,226 1 Delta Air Lines
46 Villahermosa, Tabasco 42,716 1 MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
47 Austin, Texas, U.S. 41,156 1 Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
48 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. 37,269 3 Frontier Airlines, United Airlines
49 Brussels, Belgium 36,267 7 TUI fly Belgium
50 Seattle, Washington, U.S. 32,837 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

  • 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.[25]
  • 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[26] and 2nd Best Airport by Size in the 5 to 15 million passenger category.[27]

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-05-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "ASUR anuncia el total de tráfico para Diciembre del 2018" (PDF) (in Spanish). ASUR. January 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  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. ^ http://www.globalloungenetwork.com
  8. ^ theyucatantimes.com - Cancun airports new 4th terminal will open Oct. 10
  9. ^ cancuniairport.com - Cancun Airport Terminal 4
  10. ^ "Air Canada / Air Canada rouge W19 Sun Destinations service changes as of 16JUL19". RoutesOnline. July 16, 2019. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Air Canada rouge adds Sun Destinations from Quebec City in W19". RoutesOnline. June 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  12. ^ "Frontier Airlines announces flights from Vegas to 2 Mexican cities". News3 Las Vegas. August 2018. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "Interjet will operate from October 1 at Guayaquil Airport" (in Spanish). El Universo. July 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Swoop schedules new routes in W19". RoutesOnline. June 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  15. ^ "Charterflyg Stockholm-Arlanda till Cancun, Mexiko, 1 vecka" (Web) (in Swedish). Ving - Part of the Thomas Cook Group. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Flight Timetable". tui.co.uk.
  17. ^ "TUI Airways UK S20 long-haul changes as of 12NOV18". Routes Online. November 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  18. ^ "Only Flight". tui.dk.
  19. ^ "Flight Timetable". TUI Airways. 7 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Only Flight". tui.fi.
  21. ^ "Only Flight". tui.se.
  22. ^ "Turkish Airlines plans Mexico launch in August 2019". Routes Online. January 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  23. ^ "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Asur.com.mx. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  24. ^ "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  25. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. 1984-03-15. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
  26. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport in Latin America - Caribbean" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13
  27. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport by Size (5-15m)" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13

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