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Mark every piece of luggage inside and outside with your last name and first initial only. Do not use a title [Mz.] Do not put your home address or destination address on the luggage unless your destination is a hotel or resort.

Flight Times
To Cancun Airport

m = minutes

New York3 hr 45 m
Chicago3 hr 30 m
Denver4 hr 10 m
Miami1 hr 45 m
Houston2 hr
Toronto4 hr
Vancouver6 hr 20 m
Montreal4 hr 30 m
London10 hr 40 m
Munich11 hr 50 m
Paris11 hr
Madrid10 hr 40 m
Rome12 hr
Mexico City2 hr
Merida45 m


Buckle Up!

Mexico now has
a seat-belt law.


Cancun Airport Map

Airport Name: Cancún International Airport
ICAO Reference Code:4E
Runway:12-30 = 3500m X 60m (11483 x197 ft)
Elevation:6 m (20 ft)
Largest Aircraft:B-747-400
Runway Capacity
- operations per hour:
Operating Hours:24 Hrs
Number of stands:
a) Contact stands:
b) Remote stands:
47 in total: 33 (Terminal 2); 14 (Terminal 3)
30 in total: 19 (Terminal 2); 11 (Terminal 3)
17 in total: 14 (Terminal 2); 3 (Terminal 3)
Terminal Area:Terminal 2: 45,603.6m2 (490,871.05 sq ft)
Terminal 3: 42,263.8m2 (454,758.49 sq ft)
Check-In Counters:Terminal 2: 134
Terminal 3: 84
Width of Taxiways:23 m
Aircraft Rescue & Fire
Fighting Service Category:

Cancun Airport Logo Official web site for: Canc�n International Airport


Cancun International Airport is composed of three terminals. Terminal 1 is the old terminal and is used for private airplanes and freight. Cancun Airport Information

Terminal 2 is for Mexico's domestic flights and International.

Terminal 3 is for International flights only.

You arrive and depart through either terminal 2 or 3.

The airport is located around 12 miles [19 km] from Cancun City, approximately a � hr drive.

Both terminals are easy to navigate [due to their small size] clean and modern.

Cancun's International Airport is Mexico's first airport to have the capacity to handle simultaneous takeoffs and landings on two runways. The control tower, more than 315 feet tall, will be among the 20 tallest in the world, allowing improved efficiency in runway-use time assigned to aircrafts, beneficial to both passengers and almost the 150 domestic and international airlines.
  • It is the best Latin America airport and is among the top five in the world.
  • An important motor for regional development; in the last nine years, the airport invested more than $361 million dollars.
  • The airport had 170,600 square feet of terminal-building area; it now has 387,140 square feet.


For information on Immigration see: Cancun Airport Immigration

For information on Customs see: Cancun Airport Customs


  • There is no smoking allowed in either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 until you exit the buildings.

  • You are not permitted to take photographs anywhere in Arrivals. You are permitted to photograph in the main part of the terminals and Departures.

  • You cannot sit on the baggage carousel while you wait for your bags.

  • Public intoxication is not permitted. They will escort you to security and make you wait.
  • Current Weather Conditions: Cancun International Airport

    For info on Arrivals including on-line flight schedule see: Cancun Airport Arrivals

    For info on Departures with on-line flight schedule see: Cancun Airport Departures

    Busses run between the airport and:

  • Cancun City Central Bus Terminal [ADO]
  • Playa del Carmen [ADO]
  • The cheapest way out of the airport is on the official "ADO" red/grey buses going to Cancun City central bus terminal or Playa del Carmen.

    Cancun City Central Bus Terminal: $40 Pesos or $3.50 USD one-way
    Playa Del Carmen $90 Pesos or $7.50 USD one-way

    Ticket window is located Just outside of Terminal 2 Baggage claim exit [Go Right then look left for the "ADO" Airport Shuttle Counter]. Tickets sold in the exit lounge area in Terminal 3 after you clear Customs.

    Buses leave for Downtown starting at 6:15am from Terminal 3 and 6:30am from Terminal 2. Buses start at Terminal 3 then stop at Terminal 2 before going to destination. The buses to Cancun City run every 30 minutes until 12:30am. Transit time approx 35 minutes.

    Playa del Carmen direct service starts at 10:30am from Terminal 3 and 10:45am from Terminal 2. This service runs every HOUR until 10:15pm [last direct run]. Transit time approx 1 hr depending on highway traffic.

    Service to Playa del Carmen earlier or later than the direct service, is also available by connection through Cancun City central bus terminal.

    Charter busses go directly to hotel/resorts.

    Inter-Terminal Shuttle between Terminal's 2 and 3 runs every 20 minutes, from out in front of each terminal. The shuttle is free.

    Taxis are not permited to park at any of the airport terminals. HOWEVER, there is a taxi stand outside the front main entrance/exit where you get the terminal shuttle bus and there are taxi signs inside the terminals. These are not for taxi "cars" but transfer services [vans or small busses].

    If you are standing in front of the International Terminal you may be asked if you need a ride. This may be an airport employee/taxi guy or simply somebody with a car. Costs are relatively the same as a legal taxi.

    Not shown on the map above but on the other side of the International Terminal parking lot is where the car rental agencies are. [Car agency rental booths are located inside the terminals.]




    Facilities and sevices for both terminals include food court, restaurants, bars, banks, duty free shops, convenience stores, beauty parlor, VIP lounges, business center, video arcade, tourist information booths, restrooms, lockers, medical services, vending machines, public phones and money exchange.

    For Restaurant info see: Cancun Airport Restaurants
    For Duty Free info see: Cancun Airport Duty Free
    For VIP Lounge info see: Cancun Airport VIP Lounge
    For Lost & Found info see: Cancun Airport Lost & Found
    For Medical Services info see: Cancun Airport Medical Services

    3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.

    One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure.

    Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

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    2nd Runway Update

    The second runway to allow simultaneous landings and takeoffs is under construction and scheduled for completion at the end of 2009.

    The new runway will be 2800 meters long and will allow the airport to handle 80 operations per hour. There will be a connecting bridge from the current runway to the new runway. In addition there will be a new centrally located Control Tower over 100 meters tall. The new Control Tower will be the largest in Latin America and among the 20 tallest in the world. The cost of the new tower is being slated at 67 million US dollars.

    The Modernization of Mexico's Metropolitan Airport System

    The investment for the modernization of Mexico's Metropolitan Airport System, consisting of Mexico City International Airport and the peripheral terminals of Toluca, Cuernavaca, Puebla, and Quer�taro, will add up to USD 1 billion. Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA) said that together these airports handle 60 million passengers and more than 700 000 aircraft movements a year.

    The company stated that construction of the new Terminal 2 at Mexico City Airport has cost more than USD 600 million, of which over USD 200 million were provided by the Federal Government, while the other USD 400 million were obtained from a syndicated credit granted by four banks: Citi Group- Banamex, BBVA Bancomer, Inbursa, and HSBC, through Nacional Financiera. ASA clarified that such financing is part of the first credit obtained by the Federal Government that will not be converted into public debt since it will be paid off with a portion of the annual airport user tax (Tarifa de Uso Aeroportuario, TUA) to be collected during that period.

    With the extension of Mexico City International Airport, the terminals there will have an annual capacity to serve 32 million passengers - 20 million at Terminal 1 currently in operation, and 12 million at the new Terminal 2 due to open in April 2007 - up from nearly 25 million at present. -- A Government official has denied plans of a third runway at the airport arguing there is not sufficient space. However, he ensured the Government will maintain the two existing runways in good condition.

    Representatives of Mexico's industrial sector are promoting construction of an international airport on the �Mayan Riviera' to foster tourism in the region. The Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry presented the initiative to local authorities to build the airport near Tulum.

    During a first stage, the airport would consist of a main terminal building, logistic facilities, and a 2200-m runway. The State Secretary for Economic Development, Francisco J. D�az, commented on the project: �We plan to invest USD 150 million and I hope we can disclose the bidding structure for the project soon. Construction work will require about one year and a half.� D�az added that the new airport will be located in the area of Tulum and Carrillo Puerto. The Government apparently already has the land for the project, and interested investors may participate in building and operating the airport. -- Experts noted that the �Mayan Riviera' is growing rapidly, so construction of an airport in that zone would reduce the time tourists spend travelling. Vacationers currently arrive at Canc�n Airport and travel to the �Mayan Riviera' by road.

    Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A. de C.V. (ASUR) had announced in September 2006 that it has sought authorization from the Federal Government, through the Secretary of Communications & Transportation (SCT), to build and operate an airport in the Mayan Riviera. ASUR had not received a reply from the SCT, and there is no assurance that the SCT will respond favourably to this request. � The Mexican Secretariat of Communications & Transportation may offer the Mayan Riviera and Chetumal airports as a package, as reported by local officials. The purpose is to require the successful bidder to invest and refurbish both airports to increase the number of local and foreign visitors. Chetumal Airport, located in the capital city of Quintana State on the southern Mexican border, plays an important role in the regional development, as stated by governmental sources, and this is why it needs to have its runway refurbished and extended.

    Shareholders of Puebla's �Hermanos Sed�n International Airport' will invest nearly USD 200 000 to reinforce security measures. This information was disclosed by V�ctor Mata Temoltzin, the air terminal's manager, who said the actual measures include purchasing an X-ray machine, and also an additional metal detector. �They will now offer two flights to the United States; therefore, security systems should be reinforced to give passengers every security assurance possible,� he said. At the same time, the company plans to refurbish part of the building in 2007 because it considers its design to be obsolete.

    GAP - the former owner of �Jesus Ter�n Peredo International Airport' in Aguascalientes - sold 70% of its shares to North American investors, according to Airport Director Rom�n Araiza Ledesma. The remaining shares are kept by the Mexican Stock Exchange. Consequently, improvements are expected to be seen in the short term. The purpose is to foster the arrival of new airlines in an effort to meet the greater demand by offering more flights. The first interested party would be low-cost carrier Volaris, planning flights mainly to Mexico City and Tijuana.

    The President of the ICAO Council, Roberto Kobeh Gonz�lez, warned that Mexican airports could be subject to an auditing process in 2008 in order to check their safety. The auditing process is conducted every three years at the airports of the 189 ICAO member countries. According to ICAO, aviation safety is the joint responsibility of each and every contracting State. This is the reason for the establishment of regional surveillance organizations at the air terminals, and for compliance with the regulations. In that respect, Kobeh Gonz�lez stated that Mexico does not seem to have problems in terms of safety, unlawful interference or terrorist acts based on the audits already conducted so far.

    Source: Momberger Airport Information


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