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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°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
CUN/MMUN is located in Quintana Roo
Location of the airport in Quintana Roo
CUN/MMUN is located in Mexico
CUN/MMUN (Mexico)
CUN/MMUN is located in North America
CUN/MMUN (North America)
Direction Length Surface
ft m








Statistics (2020)
Total passengers12,259,148
International passengers6,804,153
Ranking in Mexico2nd Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste[1]

Cancun 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 third and Mexico's second busiest airport, after Mexico City International Airport.[2] In 2020, Cancún airport handled 12,259,148 passengers, a 51.89% decrease compared to 2019 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1]

The airport has two parallel operative runways that can be used simultaneously. 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 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 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 through 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 and it also serves 2 local airlines: Magni and VivaAerobús.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 at the Cancún Airport has 22 gates: A1 through A11 (in a satellite building) and B12 through 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. Two lounges, the MERA Business Lounge and The Lounge by Global Lounge Network,[7] serve domestic and international travelers.

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 has 21 gates: C4 through 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. There is a MERA Business Lounge located in Terminal 3.

Terminal 4

Terminal 4 has 12 gates and opened in October 2017. This made Cancún International the first airport in Mexico to have four terminals. It is able to handle 9 million passengers a year.[8] Airlines flying to Terminal 4 include Aeroméxico, Air France, Lufthansa, Air Transat, WestJet, Condor, Southwest Airlines, Air Europa, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country Airlines.[9] An on-site hotel is also planned to be opened, as well as a parking structure. Three lounges serve Terminal 4. They are the MERA Business Lounge (National), MERA Business Lounge (International), and The Lounge in Partnership with Air Transat.

Airlines and destinations


Buenos Aires-Ezeiza
Aerolineas Estelar Charter: Caracas1
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Seasonal: São Paulo-Guarulhos (begins December 15, 2021)[10]
Air Canada Calgary (resumes November 1, 2021),[11] Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Ottawa (resumes November 21, 2021),[11] Vancouver (resumes October 31, 2021),[11]Winnipeg (resumes November 20, 2021)[11]
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Québec City (resumes December 4, 2021)[12]
Air Caraïbes Paris-Orly
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Transat Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton (ON), London (ON), Ottawa, Québec City
Alaska Airlines Seasonal: Los Angeles, Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco (begins December 16, 2021),[13] Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Austin (begins October 7, 2021),[14] Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix-Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Boston, Columbus-Glenn, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna (resumes October 24, 2021)[15]
Avianca Bogotá, Medellín-JMC
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador
Avior Airlines Charter: Caracas1
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo
British Airways London-Gatwick
Condor Frankfurt
Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Conviasa Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City-Tocumen
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma
EasySky Tegucigalpa
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Frontier Airlines Atlanta (begins November 2, 2021),[16] Chicago-O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Miami, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, St. Louis
Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Kansas City
Gol Transportes Aéreos Brasília (resumes November 12, 2021)[17]
Iberojet Madrid
Seasonal: Lisbon
JetBlue Austin, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Newark, New York-JFK, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, San Francisco, Tampa
KLM Seasonal: Amsterdam (begins October 31, 2021)[18]
LASER Airlines Charter: Caracas1[19]
LATAM Brasil São Paulo-Guarulhos
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
Level Seasonal: Barcelona
LOT Polish Airlines Charter: Katowice[20]
Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Magnicharters Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey
Seasonal charter: Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Mérida, Nuevo Laredo, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí
MAYAir Chetumal, Cozumel, Mérida
Neos Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Verona
Nordwind Airlines Charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo[21]
RUTACA Airlines Charter: Caracas1
Sky Airline Peru Lima
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Chicago-Midway, Chicago-O'Hare (begins November 7, 2021),[22] Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston-Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City (begins November 13, 2021),[22] Phoenix-Sky Harbor, St. Louis
Seasonal: Austin, Columbus-Glenn, Milwaukee (resumes November 20, 2021),[22] Nashville, Pittsburgh
Spirit Airlines Austin, Baltimore, Chicago-O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston-Intercontinental, Milwaukee (begins December 23, 2021),[23] Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis (begins December 22, 2021)[24]
Seasonal: Atlantic City (begins October 29, 2021)
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston-Intercontinental, Milwaukee (begins December 18, 2021),[25] San Antonio
Sunwing Airlines Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Bagotville (begins December 6, 2021),[26] Fredericton (begins February 14, 2022),[27] Halifax (begins January 16, 2022),[27] Hamilton (begins December 12, 2021),[28] Kitchener/Waterloo (beings December 13, 2021),[29] London (ON) (begins December 16, 2021),[30] Moncton (begins February 10, 2022),[27] North Bay (begins December 16, 2021),[31] Regina (begins December 11, 2021),[32] Saskatoon (begins December 11, 2021)[32] St. John's (begins March 11, 2022),[27] Thunder Bay (begins December 13, 2021)[33]
Swoop Seasonal: Hamilton (begins October 2, 2021),[34] Toronto-Pearson
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Guatemala City[35]
Tropic Air Belize City
TUI Airways Birmingham (UK), London-Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol, Doncaster/Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Stockholm-Arlanda, Oslo (begins November 17, 2021)
TUI fly Belgium Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam
Turkish Airlines Istanbul2
Turpial Airlines Charter: Valencia (Venezuela)1
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles
Venezolana Charter: Caracas1
VivaAerobús Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Houston-Intercontinental, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Miami (begins December 17, 2021),[36] Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, Reynosa, San Luis Potosí, Santiago de Cuba, Tampico, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Camagüey, Cincinnati, Havana, Newark, San José de Costa Rica
Viva Air Colombia Medellín-JMC
Volaris Aguascalientes, Bogotá (begins October 6, 2021),[37] Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, León/El Bajío, Mexicali, Mexico City, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Seasonal charter: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Memphis
Volaris Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica
Volaris El SalvadorSan Salvador (begins October 15, 2021)[38]
Wamos Air Madrid
WestJet Calgary, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
Wingo Bogotá, Cali, Medellín-JMC
World2fly Lisbon, Madrid

^1 The flights of Avior, Turpial, Laser, Venezolana, Esetelar and Rutaca to Venezuela are valid until December 31, 2021, its continuation will depend on the Venezuelan Government.

^2 Turkish Airlines's flight from Istanbul to Cancún makes a stop in Mexico City; however, the airline does not have local traffic rights from Mexico City to Cancún.


Traffic statistics

Terminal 1
Airside's Terminal 2
Terminal 2 interior
Terminal 3 interior
Terminal 4 of Cancún International Airport
Check-in counters at Terminal 4
Interjet A320 at Cancun


See source Wikidata query and sources.

Passenger statistics for Cancún International Airport[39]
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%
2018 25,202,016 Increase 6.8%
2019 25,481,989 Increase 1.1%
2020 12,259,148 Decrease 51.89%

Busiest routes

Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2020)[40]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1 Mexico City 1,437,514 Steady Aeromar, Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobús, Volaris
2 Monterrey, Nuevo León 414,935 Steady Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobús, Volaris
3 Guadalajara, Jalisco 320,801 Increase 1 Aeroméxico, Interjet, Magni, VivaAerobús, Volaris
4 Houston, Texas (airports George Bush & Hobby)[Notes 1] 253,849 Increase 1 Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, VivaAerobús
5 Dallas, Texas 253,063 Increase 1 American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
6 Chicago, Illinois (Midway & O'Hare airports)[Notes 2] 205,815 Increase 1 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
7 Toronto, Ontario 154,989 Decrease 4 Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Interjet, Sunwing Airlines, Swoop, WestJet
8 Atlanta, Georgia 153,791 Steady Delta Air Lines, Volaris
9 New York, New York 148,055 Increase 1 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Interjet, JetBlue
10 Miami, Florida 143,629 Increase 2 American Airlines, Interjet
  1. ^ Official statistics include George Bush and Hobby Airports.
  2. ^ Official statistics include Midway and O'Hare airports.

Car Rental

Many international car rental companies have a presence at the Cancun airport. There are no facilities that concentrate all the companies, but each one has its own office, although several are close to each other. There are also many offices of local car rental companies near the airport.

Airport Transfers

There are a large number of companies that offer transportation services to and from Cancun International Airport, the most recommended services are the private ones since they offer greater comfort and safety for tourists. These are some of the companies that offer this service:  

  • ADO Airport, First class buses with service to Cancun.
  • Airport Concierge Service Cancun, Private and/or shared luxury transportation from Cancun International Airport to Cancun and Riviera Maya hotels, transportation to archaeological sites and executive service.
  • Amstar Airport Transfers, Private and shared transfers from Cancun airport.

Accidents and incidents

  • On March 15, 1984, Aerocozumel Flight 261 crashed soon after takeoff. No one died in the crash, but one of the passengers died of a heart attack while moving through the swamp.[41]


  • 2011 - Best Airport in Latin America - Caribbean of the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International[42] and 2nd Best Airport by Size in the 5 to 15 million passenger category[43]

See also



  1. ^ a b "ASUR Announces Total Passenger Traffic for December 2020" (PDF). ASUR. January 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Statistics by Airport" (Web). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "History". Cancun Online Community. August 2016. Archived from the original on August 9, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Cancun opens second runway as traffic grows 30% in two years; US routes lead way". October 2009. Archived from the original on September 20, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Inaugurated Terminal 3 of Cancún Airport (in Spanish)". Periódico El Economista. March 2016. Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Call Transcript" (PDF). Aeropuertos del Sureste. October 2014. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-06-21. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ " - Cancun airport's new 4th terminal will open Oct. 10". 5 October 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-11-16. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Cancun Airport Terminal 4". Archived from the original on 2017-11-16. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Connect with São Paulo directly from Cancun". Aeroméxico. August 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  11. ^ a b c d "Travel Ready hub". Air Canada. September 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  12. ^ "Air Canada Launches Two New Connections to Florida and More Frequent Flights to Mexico and the Dominican Republic from Quebec City". Retrieved 2021.
  13. ^ "Get ahead of wintertime blues! Alaska Airlines adds new flights to sun-filled spots" (Press release). Alaska Airlines. June 10, 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  14. ^ "American Gives Customers More Choices with More Flights from Austin". American Airlines. June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  15. ^ "Austrian Airlines announces new route to Cancun, Mexico". EnElAire (in Spanish). March 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  16. ^ "Frontier Airlines Announces 21 New Routes With Key Expansions in Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas". Frontier Airlines. July 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  17. ^ "GOL will restart flights to Mexico and the Dominican Republic". Transponder1200 (in Spanish). August 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  18. ^ "KLM expands intercontinental network this winter, adding six new destinations". KLM. May 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  19. ^ "Laser Airlines tiene autorización del INAC para viajar a México". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020.
  20. ^ "Rainbow Tours: Charters from Katowice lot dreamliner". Pasazer (in Polish). February 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  21. ^ "Royal Flight adds Moscow - Cancun service in W19". Routesonline. December 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ a b c "Expanding our Heart" (PDF). Southwest Airlines. June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  23. ^ "Spirit Airlines Nearly Triples Milwaukee Service in Celebration of First Flights Taking to the Sky". Spirit Airlines. June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  24. ^ "St. Louis Nearly Doubles its Nonstop Options with Spirit Airlines as Spirit Celebrates First Flight with Expansion Announcement". Spirit Airlines. May 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  25. ^ "Sun Country adds 16 routes - but all have direct competitio". ANNA.AERO. January 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  26. ^ "Sunwing returns to Saguenay-Bagotville in Quebec with convenient weekly flights this winter". Sunwing Travel Group. June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  27. ^ a b c d "Sunwing announces winter flight schedule from regional gateways across Atlantic Canada". Sunwing Travel Group. June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  28. ^ "Sunwing offers residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area more departure options this winter with convenient flights from Hamilton". Sunwing Travel Group. June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  29. ^ "Sunwing returns to the Region of Waterloo this winter with convenient weekly flights to Cancun". Sunwing Travel Group. June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  30. ^ "Sunwing returns to London, Ontario for the 2021-2022 winter season with convenient weekly flights". Sunwing Travel Group. June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  31. ^ "Sunwing announces convenient weekly flights from Sudbury and North Bay will resume this winter". Sunwing Travel Group. June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  32. ^ a b "Sunwing announces convenient weekly flights from Regina and Saskatoon this winter". Intrado. June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  33. ^ "Sunwing returns to Thunder Bay this winter with convenient flights to popular tropical destinations". Sunwing Travel Group. June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  34. ^
  35. ^ "TAG Airlines will open flights from Guatemala to Tapachula and Cancun from August". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). July 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  36. ^ "Miami returns to Viva Aerobus' network". Routes Online. June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  37. ^ "Volaris announces routes between Mexico and Colombia". EnElAire (in Spanish). June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  38. ^ "Volaris announces new routes between Mexico and El Salvador". EnElAire (in Spanish). June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  39. ^ "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2017.
  40. ^ "Traffic Statistics by Airline" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  41. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". 1984-03-15. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved .
  42. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport in Latin America - Caribbean" Archived 2012-02-18 at the Wayback Machine Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13
  43. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport by Size (5-15m)" Archived 2012-02-19 at the Wayback Machine Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13

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