Cancún International Airport

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 2021, Cancún airport handled 22,318,467 passengers, a 82.1% increase compared to 2020.[1]

Cancun International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún
Airport typePublic
Owner/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
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Statistics (2021)
Total passengers22,318,467
International passengers13,237,113
Ranking in Mexico2nd Steady
Source: Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste[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, Sun Country Airlines and JetBlue.[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


Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo (suspended)
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza
Aeromar Chetumal, Flores, Guatemala City, Havana, Varadero, Villahermosa
Aeroméxico Mexico City, Mexico City/AIFA
Seasonal: Guadalajara, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton (resumes November 6, 2022),[10] Montréal–Trudeau, Winnipeg
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Québec City
Seasonal: Halifax (begins December 18, 2022), Ottawa (begins November 5, 2022)
Air Caraïbes Paris–Orly (begins October 22, 2022)[11]
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, Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Austin, 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
Arajet Santo Domingo–Las Américas
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Avianca Bogotá, Medellín–JMC
Avianca Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo
Azur Air Ukraine Seasonal charter: Kyiv-Boryspil
British Airways London–Gatwick
Condor Frankfurt
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
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Eurowings Discover Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Flair Airlines Kitchener/Waterloo, Toronto–Pearson (begins November 3, 2022)[12]
Seasonal: Ottawa
Frontier Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Orlando, Philadelphia, St. Louis
Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Tampa
Gol Transportes Aéreos Brasília
Iberojet Madrid
Seasonal: Barcelona, Lisbon
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Newark, New York–JFK, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Tampa
Seasonal: Las Vegas, San Francisco
KLM Seasonal: Amsterdam
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
Level Seasonal: Barcelona
LOT Polish Airlines Charter: Katowice, Poznań
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
Sky Airline Peru Lima
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New Orleans, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, St. Louis
Seasonal: Austin, Columbus–Glenn, Milwaukee, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Antonio
Spirit Airlines Austin, Baltimore, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
Seasonal: Atlantic City
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston–Intercontinental, Milwaukee, San Antonio
Sunwing Airlines Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, Hamilton (ON), Kelowna (resumes December 15, 2022),[13] Kitchener/Waterloo, London (ON), Moncton, Ottawa, Québec City, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John's, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Swoop Seasonal: Edmonton, Hamilton (ON), London (ON) (resumes December 3, 2022),[14] Toronto–Pearson, Winnipeg
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transportes Aereos Guatemaltecos Flores, Guatemala City
Tropic Air Belize City
TUI Airways Birmingham (UK), London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Bristol, Doncaster/Sheffield (ends October 31, 2022),[15] Dublin (resumes June 5, 2023),[16] Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Stockholm–Arlanda, Oslo
TUI fly Belgium Brussels1
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam
Turkish Airlines Istanbul2
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal charter: Kyiv-Boryspil (Suspended)
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
VivaAerobús Acapulco, Bogotá, Camagüey, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Guadalajara, Havana, Hermosillo, Holguín, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Mexico City/AIFA, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, Reynosa, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba, Tampico, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Nashville
Viva Air Colombia Medellín–JMC
Seasonal: Cali
Volaris Aguascalientes, Bogotá, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, León/El Bajío, Lima, Mexicali, Mexico City, Mexico City/AIFA, Monterrey, Morelia, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, San José de Costa Rica, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Seasonal charter: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Memphis
Volaris Costa Rica San José de Costa Rica
Volaris El SalvadorSan Salvador
Wamos Air Madrid
WestJet Calgary, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
Wingo Bogotá, Cali, Medellín–JMC
World2Fly Madrid
Charter: Lisbon

^1 TUI fly Belgium's flight from Brussels to Cancún makes a stop in Havana; however, the airline does not have traffic rights from Havana to Cancún.

^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.


Terminal 1.
Airside's Terminal 2.
Terminal 2 interior.
Terminal 3 interior.
Terminal 4 of Cancún International Airport.
Check-in counters at Terminal 4.
Amerijet International Belize City, Ciudad del Carmen, Mérida, Miami
Estafeta Carga Aérea Mérida, Miami
FedEx Express Mérida, Miami

Traffic statistics


Annual passenger traffic at CUN airport. See Wikidata query.
Passenger statistics for Cancún International Airport[17]
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%
2019 25,481,989   1.1%
2020 12,259,148   51.89%
2021 22,318,467   82.1%

Busiest routes

Busiest domestic and international routes at Cancún International Airport (2021)[18]
Rank City Passengers Ranking Airlines
1 Mexico City 2,290,460   Aeroméxico, Magni, VivaAerobús, Volaris
2 Monterrey, Nuevo León 743,080   Magni, VivaAerobús, Volaris
3 Guadalajara, Jalisco 536,095   Aeroméxico, Magni, VivaAerobús, Volaris
4 Dallas, Texas 512,895   1 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
5 Houston, Texas (George Bush & Hobby airports)[Notes 1] 469,107   1 Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, VivaAerobús
6 Chicago, Illinois (Midway & O'Hare airports)[Notes 2] 402,379   American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
7 Denver, Colorado 312,210   7 Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
8 Panama City, Panama 307,266   7 Copa Airlines
9 Atlanta, Georgia 292,382   1 Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Volaris
10 Miami, Florida 291,179   American Airlines, Frontier Airlines
11 New York, New York 290,649   2 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue
12 Los Angeles, California 270,541   9 Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines
13 Newark, New Jersey 249,573   3 JetBlue Airways, United Airlines
14 Charlotte, North Carolina 197,160   3 American Airlines
15 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 163,555   4 JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
16 León, Guanajuato 162,435   3 Magni, VivaAerobús, Volaris
17 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 146,463   3 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines
18 Detroit, Michigan 130,519   4 Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines
19 Baltimore, Maryland 127,787   5 Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
20 Orlando, Florida 127,595   16 Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines
21 Puebla, Puebla 69,011   Magni, VivaAerobús, Volaris
22 Phoenix, Arizona 112,171   29 American Airlines, Southwest Airlines
23 Minneapolis, Minnesota 110,286   5 Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
24 Tijuana, Baja California 106,550   18 VivaAerobús, Volaris
25 Bogotá, Colombia 105,878   Avianca, VivaAerobús, Volaris, Wingo
26 San Francisco, California 102,474   19 Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines
27 Veracruz, Veracruz 102,128   8 VivaAerobús
28 Frankfurt, Germany 87,228   29 Condor, Eurowings Discover, Lufthansa
29 Salt Lake City, Utah 83,991   5 Delta Air Lines
30 St. Louis, Missouri 80,345   9 American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
  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 the crash, but one of the passengers died of a heart attack while evacuating away from the swampy crash scene.[19]
  • On September 9 2009, Mexico City-bound Aeroméxico Flight 576 was hijacked after take off. The hijackers were Bolivians who wanted to speak to the President. The plane landed safely in Mexico City and the hijackers were arrested. [20]


  • 2011 – Best Airport in Latin America – Caribbean of the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International[21] and 2nd Best Airport by Size in the 5 to 15 million passenger category[22]

See also



  1. ^ a b "ASUR announces the total traffic for December 2021" (PDF) (in Spanish). ASUR. January 2021. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "Statistics by Airport" (Web). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  3. ^ "History". Cancun Online Community. August 2016. Archived from the original on August 9, 2016. Retrieved August 14, 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 August 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Inaugurated Terminal 3 of Cancún Airport (in Spanish)". Periódico El Economista. March 2016. Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Call Transcript" (PDF). Aeropuertos del Sureste. October 2014. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "Global Lounge Network". Archived from the original on 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2019-09-04.
  8. ^ " – Cancun airport's new 4th terminal will open Oct. 10". 5 October 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  9. ^ "Cancun Airport Terminal 4". Archived from the original on 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  10. ^ "Air Canada Resumes Edmonton – Cancun Service in late-Oct 2022". AeroRoutes. June 2022. Retrieved July 1, 2022.
  11. ^ "Air Caraïbes set to fly to Mexico starting next October". March 2022. Retrieved March 21, 2022.
  12. ^ "Flair Airlines Adds Affordable Non-Stop Sun Service Between Toronto and Cancun, Moves Los Angeles Service to LAX". ACCESSWIRE. August 2022. Retrieved August 8, 2022.
  13. ^ "Non-stop flights from Kelowna to 5 sun destinations this winter". September 8, 2022. Retrieved September 8, 2022.
  14. ^ "Swoop NW22 International Network Additions". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  15. ^ "Doncaster Sheffield Airport to close despite financial lifeline offer". BBC News. 26 September 2022.
  16. ^ "TUI to Fly Long-Haul from Ireland in 2023". FlyingInIreland. May 2022. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  17. ^ "Passenger statistics for Cancun Airport". Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  18. ^ "Statistics" (in Spanish). Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. January 2022. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  19. ^ "Aviation Safety Network". 1984-03-15. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
  20. ^[dead link]
  21. ^ "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
  22. ^ "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

External links

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