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Cancun Intl Airport

Cancún International Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste
Serves Cancún
Location Cancún, Quintana-Roo, Mexico
Hub for USA 3000 Airlines
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
Direction Length Surface
ft m








Statistics (2009)
Total Passengers 11,174,908
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 Mexico's second busiest airport, after Mexico City International Airport in Mexico City, but the biggest in Mexico and Latin America for International passengers. In 2009, Cancún airport handled 11,174,908 passengers, a moderate decrease from 12,646,451 in 2008, partly due to the 2009 flu pandemic and the Financial crisis of 2007-2010.

The airport has been expanding as it has become one of the most important international airports in the country. It has two operative runways that are 1,500m apart which allows them to be used simultaneously, and three commercial terminals. Terminal 1 is used by charter airlines from North America, including domestic charter airlines. Terminal 2 is used by some international airlines, as all of the scheduled domestic airlines, and new Terminal 3 handles primarily international operations of airlines from North America and Europe.

The airport is operated by ASUR, together with Cozumel International Airport, Mérida International Airport, Veracruz International Airport, Villahermosa International Airport and Xoxocotlán International Airport among others.


Terminal 1
  • Terminal 1 has 7 gates: 1-7A. It is temporarily closed for remodelling, so that it can be used again by charter airlines that operate into the airport.
Terminal 2
  • Terminal 2 has 22 gates: A1-A11 and B12-B22
    • The Satellite Building has 11 gates on the upper level: A1-A11
    • The Main Building: has 11 gates on the lower level: B12-B22
Terminal 3
  • Terminal 3 has 15 gates: C23-C37

The terminals together comprise 47 boarding gates (of which 17 are remote), 22 (A1-A11 and B12-B22) in Terminal 2, and 14 in Terminal 3.

Airlines and destinations

Terminal 1 Layout
Terminal 1 Layout

Terminal 2 Layout
Terminal 2 Layout

Terminal 3 Layout
Terminal 3 Layout
Airlines Destinations Terminal/Concourse
Aeroméxico Havana, Mexico City, Monterrey 2M
Aerotucán Cozumel 2M
Air Berlin Düsseldorf, Munich 3
Air Canada Calgary, Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg
Air Europa Madrid 3
Air Pullmantur Madrid 2S
AirTran Airways Atlanta, Baltimore 2S
Air Transat Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Québec City, Regina, Saskatoon
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare
Arkefly Amsterdam 2S
Avianca Seasonal: Bogotá 2S
Blue Panorama Airlines Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino 2S
British Airways London-Gatwick [begins November 3] 2
CanJet Abbotsford, Calgary, Comox, Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Montréal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Québec City, St. John's, Regina, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, Victoria 2S
Condor Frankfurt 2S
Continental Airlines Cleveland, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark 3
Copa Airlines Panama City 2S
Corsairfly Paris-Orly 2S
Cubana de Aviación Havana 2M
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Austin [begins February 11], Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Columbus (OH) [begins February 11], Detroit, Hartford, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio [begins February 11], Tampa [begins February 11], Washington-Dulles
Delta Connection operated by Comair Seasonal: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky 3
Frontier Airlines Denver, Kansas City
Seasonal: Indianapolis, Milwaukee [begins December 18], Salt Lake City, St. Louis
Edelweiss Air Zürich 2S
Enerjet Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver 2S
EuroAtlantic Airways Seasonal: Lisbon, Porto 2S
Iberworld Seasonal: Barcelona, Madrid 2S
Interjet Mexico City, Monterrey, Toluca
Seasonal: Guadalajara
Jetairfly Brussels 2S
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK, Orlando, Washington-Dulles 2S
LAN Airlines Santiago de Chile 2S
LAN Peru Lima 2S
Livingston Energy Flight Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino 2S
Magni Chihuahua, Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Varadero 2M
Martinair Amsterdam 2S
Maya Island Air Belize City 2M
MAYAir Cozumel, Mérida 2M
Monarch Airlines London-Gatwick, Manchester 2S
Novair Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda 2S
Orbest Lisbon 2S
Spirit Airlines Detroit, Fort Lauderdale 3
Sun Country Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Austin, Lansing [begins December 22]
Sunwing Airlines Halifax, London (ON), Montréal-Trudeau, Québec City, Saint John, Saskatoon, Sault Ste Marie, Toronto-Pearson, Regina, Vancouver 2S
TACA San Salvador 2S
TACA operated by Regional Flores, Guatemala City 2S
Thomas Cook Airlines Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Belfast-International
Thomson Airways Birmingham (UK), London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow-International, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transaero Moscow-Domodedovo 2S
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Los Angeles, Washington-Dulles
Seasonal: San Francisco
US Airways Boston, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix 3
USA3000 Airlines Baltimore, Chicago-O'Hare, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Milwaukee, Philadelphia, St. Louis
Seasonal: Pittsburgh
Virgin America Los Angeles [begins January 19], San Francisco [begins January 20] TBA
VivaAerobus Mexico City, Monterrey, Veracruz 2M
Volaris Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Tijuana, Toluca 2M
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, Moncton, Ottawa, Quebec City [begins December 11], Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg
White Lisbon, Porto [seasonal] 2S
Whitejets Campinas-Viracopos, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão 2S
Xiknal Air Chetumal 2M
XL Airways France Brussels, Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2S

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
Amerijet International Belize City, Ciudad del Carmen, Mérida, Miami
Estafeta Carga Aérea Merida, Miami
FedEx Express Miami
Regional Cargo Merida, Mexico City

Traffic statistics

Passenger statistics for Cancún International Airport
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 [until August] 9,047,826 +13.0%
Busiest International Routes out of Cancún International Airport [2009]
Rank City Passengers
1 Houston, TX, USA 300,722
2 New York, NY, USA 286,505
3 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, USA 227,195
4 Miami, FL, USA 213,347
5 Atlanta, GA, USA 210,558
6 Chicago, IL, USA 191,860
7 Charlotte, NC, USA 127,458
8 Philadelphia, PA, USA 115,734
9 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, USA 96,556
10 Los Angeles, CA, USA 95,689
11 Denver, CO, USA 92,419
12 Montreal, Canada 91,558
13 Madrid, Spain 87,953
14 Toronto, Canada 82,938
15 Detroit, MI, USA 77,931
16 Panama City, Panama 60,430
17 Havana, Cuba 59,746
18 Phoenix, AZ, USA 56,755
19 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 52,789
20 Memphis, TN, USA 50,596


In 2005 ASUR invested US$150 million for the construction of Terminal 3 (open since 2007), a new runway, and a new control tower. With the opening of the new terminal the airport doubled the amount of passengers it could handle. The new runway and tower were opened in October 2009. The new runway was built north of the current runway and is 2,800 m long, and 45 m wide; the new control tower is the tallest in Latin America standing at 97 meters tall. ASUR has also started on their cargo complex project which will be completed in three phases. In phase 0 it will have facilities capable of handling 20,000 tons of cargo (phase 0 Complete). Phase 1 the cargo complex will be relocated to a new site within the airport grounds. A 5,000-m plant will be built to house it, with sufficient capacity to handle 70,000 tons of freight per year. Phase 2 the cargo complex will be extended by 5,000-m2 more and will be capable of handling 140,000 tons of freight per year. Phase 3 the cargo complex will be extended by 5,000-m2 more and will be capable of handling 210,000 tons of freight per year.

Accidents and Incidents

  • 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 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; on both incidents no casualties or injured passengers were reported.

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General Info
Country Mexico
Time UTC-6(-5DT)
Latitude 21.036528
21° 02' 11.50" N
Longitude -86.877083
086° 52' 37.50" W
Elevation 20 feet
6 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 000° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time First Sunday in April to the last Saturday in October

TWR 118.6
Opr 1300-0300Z++
Opr 1400-0100Z++ Mon-Fri; 1300-0300Z++ Sat-Sun
Opr 1600-2300Z++ Thurs-Mon
Opr 1300-0600Z++
Opr 1400-0100Z++ Mon-Fri; 1300-0300Z++ Sat-Sun
Opr 0100-1400Z++ Mon-Fri; 0300-1300Z++ Sat-Sun

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
12/30 11483 x 197 feet
3500 x 60 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME CUN CANCUN 083X 113.6 1.2 NM 301.5

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)
RSTD All US mil acft diverting to this afld must ctc the Defense Attache Office duty officer at the US Embassy Mexico City. Thru ctl agcy call 011-52-555-080-2000. This afld can accept US mil ldg after proper coord.

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