Cancun International Airport
Airport Quick Facts
Cancun International Airport handled over 13 million passengers in 2011, making it Mexico’s second busiest airport in total passengers, but Mexico’s biggest airport in international passengers. Located in Cancun, Quintana, on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, this airport is a major airline connector for North America and Europe. With the rapid increase of mega resort constructions throughout the region’s Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun International Airport is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. In 2011, this airport won the Best Airport in Latin America and the Caribbean and the 2nd Best Airport by Size awards by the Airports Council International. In 2011, the three busiest destinations and arrival ports at Cancun International Airport were, in order from top to third, Mexico City, Mexico, Atlanta, GA, USA, and Houston, TX, USA.
History of the Airport
Construction of the Cancun International Airport began in the early 1970s, but the consistent increases in visitors have made building and add-ons an ever-present production. In 2005, the airport invested US $150 million towards the construction of a new runway, new control tower, and a third terminal, Terminal 3. Terminal 3 was unveiled in 2007, and the added runway and control tower were completed in 2009. In 2012, construction began on a fourth completely international terminal, Terminal 4. For Terminal 4, Cancun International Airport has partnered with Jet Blue to design a cutting edge facility able to handle an annual excess of 800,000 passengers with an integrated hotel, a variety of dining selections, and duty-free chic boutiques. The Cancun International Airport has two runways operating 1,500m apart. At this distance, the two runways are able to be operated simultaneously for quicker, smoother arrival and departure projections.
Cancun Airport Amenities
Currently, Terminal 3 handles the majority of this airport’s international commercial flights. Terminal 2 operates primarily domestic commercial flights. Terminal 1 operates private and charter flights, and is scheduled for remodeling. The three largest airlines operating domestically out of Cancun International Airport are Aerocancun, Aladia, Mexicana, and MexicanaLink. For transfers between the three terminals, a free airport shuttle service runs a circuit every ten minutes. For passengers with cars, 24 hour secured parking is available at a nominal fee, with spots located conveniently outside each of the three terminals.
Inside the airport, Cancun International Airport boasts of a number of quality amenities and features for its domestic and international guests. The airport’s VIP business lounge offers a complete working set up with telephone access, fax, and conference facilities. This VIP lounge also offers an open bar, coffee and other beverages, magazines, newspapers, kids area, and massage chairs. This lounge area and all three terminals are equipped with free wireless internet connectivity, making it even easier for Cancun International Airport’s travelers to stay on top of work and home affairs while waiting for upcoming flights. Throughout the airport, there are a number of duty free clothing, gift, and liquor shops. In addition to these facilities, the Cancun International Airport offers secured lockers, rotating art displays, shoe shining kiosks, massage kiosks, and a variety of restaurants throughout the three terminals.