Cancún International Airport

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Cancún International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún
Cancún International Airport Logo.png
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°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
Cancún International Airport is located in Quintana Roo
Cancún International Airport
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 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 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[edit]

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[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 immigration/customs services.

Terminal 3[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
Aeromar Mérida, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Villahermosa
Aeroméxico Guadalajara, Havana, Mexico City, Monterrey
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary, Halifax, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Transat Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, London (ON), Ottawa, Québec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
Alaska Airlines San Francisco (begins April 25, 2018)[9]
Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York–JFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Boston, Kansas City, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham
Apple Vacations Charter: Cincinnati
Seasonal Charter: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago–Rockford, Lansing, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica, San Salvador
Avianca Peru Lima
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino
British Airways London–Gatwick
Calafia Airlines Palenque, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Condor Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich
Copa Airlines Panama City
Cubana de Aviación Havana
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus–Glenn, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, Washington–Dulles
EasySky Tegucigalpa
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn
Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Munich (begins April 18, 2018)[10]
Evelop Airlines Madrid
Frontier Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Orlando, Philadelphia, St. Louis
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Kansas City
Interjet Aguascalientes, Bogotá, Guadalajara, Havana, León/El Bajío, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, Montréal–Trudeau, New York–JFK, San Francisco (begins March 14, 2018),[11] Toluca/Mexico City, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK, Orlando
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Colombia Bogotá
LATAM Perú Lima
LOT Polish Airlines Charter: Warsaw–Chopin
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: Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Nordwind Airlines Charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Orbest Seasonal: Lisbon
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Los Angeles, Nashville, St. Louis
Seasonal: Austin, Columbus–Glenn (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, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental
Sun Country Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Sunwing Airlines Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal–Trudeau, Québec City, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Bagotville, Fredericton, Halifax, Kelowna, Moncton, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Windsor (ON), Winnipeg
Thomas Cook Airlines London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Glasgow, London–Stansted
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda[18]
Tropic Air Belize City
TUI Airways Birmingham (UK), London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol, Copenhagen, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Dublin, Helsinki, Stockholm–Arlanda
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam, Warsaw–Chopin
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Austin, Cleveland, New Orleans, San Antonio
Vacation Express Charter: Cincinnati
Seasonal Charter: Atlanta, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Columbus–Glenn, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Newark, Pittsburgh
Virgin America San Francisco (ends April 24, 2018)[9]
Virgin Atlantic London–Gatwick
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: Chicago–O'Hare, Newark (begins March 24, 2018)[21]
Volaris Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, 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, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
Wingo Bogotá
XL Airways France Paris–Charles de Gaulle


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
Airside's Terminal 2.
Cubanas's Yakovlev Yak-42.

Passenger figures[edit]

Passenger statistics for Cancún International Airport[22]
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 23,601,509 Increase 10.2%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2017)[23]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airline(s)
1  Distrito Federal (México), Mexico City 2,383,631 Steady Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
2  Nuevo León, Monterrey 553,403 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
3  USA, Houston (airports George Bush & Hobby)[Notes 1] 427,162 Steady Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
4  USA, Chicago (airports Midway & O'Hare)[Notes 2] 399,119 Increase 2 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
5  Jalisco, Guadalajara 394,524 Increase 3 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
6  Canada, Toronto–Pearson 388,659 Increase 1 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
7  USA, Atlanta 372,871 Decrease 2 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines
8  USA, New York 370,732 Increase 2 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, JetBlue Airways
9  USA, Los Angeles 368,754 Increase 3 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
10  USA, Dallas/Fort Worth 367,057 Decrease 6 American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
11  USA, Miami 288,106 Decrease 2 American Airlines
12  Panama, Panama City 278,307 Decrease 1 Copa Airlines
13  USA, Denver 228,297 Steady Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
14  Canada, Montréal 221,850 Increase 1 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
15  UK, London 220,179 Decrease 1 British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways
16  USA, Newark 217,993 Steady United Airlines
17  Colombia, Bogotá 201,513 Increase 2 Avianca, Interjet, LATAM Colombia, Wingo
18  USA, Charlotte 189,507 Decrease 1 American Airlines
19  Cuba, Havana 162,636 Increase 3 Aeroméxico, Cubana de Aviación, Interjet
20  Spain, Madrid 156,633 Steady Air Europa, Calima Aviación, Wamos Air
21  USA, Minneapolis/St. Paul 150,493 Steady Delta Air Lines, Sun Country Airlines
22  USA, Fort Lauderdale 149,675 Increase 1 JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
23  Peru, Lima 146,654 Increase 1 Avianca Perú, LATAM Perú
24  USA, Philadelphia 145,143 Decrease 6 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines
25  Canada, Calgary 119,019 Steady Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
26  UK, Manchester 118,774 Steady Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways
27  USA, Detroit 117,974 Steady Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines
28  Veracruz, Veracruz 113,977 Steady MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
29  Guanajuato, León 105,555 Increase 11 Interjet, Magnicharters, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
30  USA, Baltimore 105,490 Increase 1 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
31  USA, San Francisco 101,405 Decrease 1 United Airlines, Virgin America
32  USA, Washington D.C. 99,068 Decrease 3 Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
33  Puebla, Puebla 89,924 Increase 7 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
34  Canada, Vancouver 85,329 Decrease 1 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
35  USA, Orlando 78,279 Increase 4 Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways
36  USA, Phoenix 76,529 Decrease 4 American Airlines
37  Costa Rica, San José 76,031 Decrease 2 Avianca Costa Rica, Viva Aerobus, Volaris Costa Rica
38  USA, St. Louis 68,853 Decrease 4 Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines
39  Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez 61,066 Increase 2 Aeromar, Calafia Airlines, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
40  Argentina, Buenos Aires 57,221 Decrease 3 Aerolíneas Argentinas
41  México (state), Toluca 55,993 Decrease 5 Interjet, Volaris
42  USA, Boston 50,121 Steady American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways
43  Querétaro, Querétaro 47,871 Increase 8 Viva Aerobus, Volaris
44  Canada, Edmonton 47,438 Decrease 1 Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, WestJet
45  USA, Salt Lake City 44,226 Decrease 1 Delta Air Lines
46  Tabasco, Villahermosa 42,716 Increase 1 MAYAir, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
47  USA, Austin 41,156 Increase 1 Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
48  USA, Cleveland 37,269 Decrease 3 Frontier Airlines, United Airlines
49  Belgium, Brussels 36,267 Increase 7 TUI fly Belgium
50  USA, Seattle 32,837 Increase 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[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.[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[edit]


  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". 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. ^ - Cancun airport’s new 4th terminal will open Oct. 10
  8. ^ - Cancun Airport Terminal 4
  9. ^ a b "Virgin America flights become Alaska next April". 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2018-01-02. 
  10. ^ "Eurowings outlines new S18 long-haul routes" (Web). Routes Online. July 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Interjet adds San Francisco to its destinies" (in Spanish). EnElAire. January 2018. Retrieved January 26, 2018. 
  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. ^ "New Flights". Viva Aerobus. October 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Operational Statistics of Airports in the ASA Network" (in Spanish). Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares. January 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". 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

External links[edit]

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