Flying to Cancun

Airlines from around the world bring eager visitors to Cancun

Photo credit: © Alberto Azparren

As large as Mexico is, it is not surprising that there are five international airports and a huge collection of domestic airports spread throughout the country. Cancun is fortunate that as its largest tourist destination one of the international airports is located within city limits.


Cancun International Airport (CUN), or as it is known locally, Aeropuerto Internacional Cancún is the second busiest airport in Mexico, and is highly recommended as a modern and well-kept facility. Every major airline with a home base in the United States and Canada offers flights to Cancun, making it extremely easy to visit. If you can't get a direct flight from your hometown, planning a connecting flight to a regional hub will be your best option and these flights are rarely difficult to find, even during the time of year that is considered to be the tourism off-season.

The amenities of this large property are endless, including banking services, a locker room, medical services, a business lounge, a pharmacy, a salon and spa, VIP lounges, facilities for the disabled, convenience stores, specialty stores, duty free shops, five sit-down restaurants, a food court with quick service dining, a bank of major international car rental agencies, and more. The airport consists of three terminals, two of which are for international flights while the other welcomes only domestic airplanes. A free shuttle is available between the terminals for those who plan to fly into Cancun aboard a large carrier than take a smaller plane to a smaller airport elsewhere in the country. There are 68 gates here, and over 14 million passengers are serviced by this location annually.

This table informs you of which airlines are flying from U.S. cities and the places from which they are flying. Not all flights you will see on some websites are logical options so it helps to realize which airlines fly directly to this airport.

Cancun International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Austin, TX, USA AUS AirTran
Baltimore, MD, USA BWI AirTran
Chicago, IL, USA MDW AirTran
Chicago, IL, USA RFD Frontier Airlines
Cincinatti, OH, USA CVG Aeromexico, Frontier Airlines
Cleveland, OH, USA CLE Frontier Airlines, United Airlines
Detroit, MI, USA DTW Aeromexico, Delta Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines
Fresno, CA, USA FAT Aeromexico
Indianapolis, IN, USA IND Frontier Airlines
Kansas City, KS, USA MCI Frontier Airlines
Lansing, MI, USA LAN Frontier Airlines
Las Vegas, NV, USA LAS Aeromexico
Los Angeles, CA, USA LAX Aeromexico, Delta Airlines, United Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA Aeromexico, American Airlines
Milwaukee, WI, USA MKE AirTran, Frontier Airlines
Minneapolis, MN, USA MSP Delta Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Aeromexico, Jet Blue
Pittsburgh, PA, USA PIT AirTran, Frontier Airlines
Salt Lake City, UT, USA SLC Frontier Airlines
San Antonio, TX, USA SAT Aeromexico, AirTran
San Francisco, CA, USA SFO Aeromexico, United Airlines
St. Louis, MO, USA STL Aeromexico, Frontier Airlines

This table indicates airline companies that have direct flights out of Canada.

Cancun International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Calgary, Canada YYC Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines
Edmonton, Canada YEG Sunwing Airlines
Halifax, Canada YHZ Air Canada
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines
Quebec City, Canada YBQ Sunwing Airlines
Regina, Canada YQR Sunwing Airlines
Saskatoon, Canada YXE Sunwing Airlines
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada YAM Sunwing Airlines
Thunder Bay, Canada YQT Sunwing Airlines
Vancouver, Canada YVR Sunwing Airlines
Winnipeg, Canada YWG Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines

If you'll be traveling from across "the Pond" this table will be helpful.

Cancun International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines

Flying to Cancun from the Caribbean

Check the following table for airline service from airports in the Caribbean region. Even if you can't get a flight from an airport near you, connecting through a regional airport might prove to be a good solution.

Cancun International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Belize BZE Maya Island Air
Cozumel, Mexico CZM MAYAir


If you're traveling to Cancun from another country, you will need to get through customs before your vacation can begin. On your flight, you'll receive a customs form which you should fill out before arriving in order to make the process go more quickly and smoothly. Also be sure to have your passport and any visas you are required to bring at the ready. Canadian citizens can travel to Mexico with a copy of their birth certificate and a picture ID, while most everyone else, including United States citizens will need a passport. When you arrive, you'll hand your form to a customs official, then you will press a button that will turn a light either green or red. If the light turns green, you are free to go, but if it turns red you're subject to further inspection. Although this is completely random, there have been reports that about every seventh passenger gets a red light.

If you bring more luggage with you than what a customs official considers to be reasonable for the length of your stay, you have an unusually large amount of medication listed, or you have food products in your luggage that are not factory sealed, these are red flags and will keep you waiting in customs even longer. You'll have to explain yourself and your luggage if an official feels something is out of the ordinary, which is why if you're traveling with medication it is a good idea to bring the signed prescription form with you.

Cancun may be one of the easiest destinations to reach in the whole of the Caribbean thanks to the huge number of airlines that offer daily flights to this location. All that you have to do is figure out which airport is the best departure point for you, and keep an eye out for good deals. Otherwise, booking a flight here should be no trouble at all.

Check out this table to help you contact the regional air charter operators.

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location
Aero Saab Main Office (998) 873-0501 Playa Del Carmen Airport - 1.3 mi. (2.0 km) South West of Playa del Carmen Mexico
Aero Saab Service from CUN (998) 873-0501 Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun Mexico
Aero Saab Service from CZM (998) 873-0501 Cozumel International Airport - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Northeast of San Miguel Cozumel
Aero Saab Service from Holbox (998) 873-0501 Holbox Airport - Holbox Holbox
Aero Saab Service from ISJ (998) 873-0501 Isla Mujeres Airport - 1.2 mi. (2.0 km) North-Northwest of Isla Mujeres Isla Mujeres
Cancun Executive VIP Transport (998) 850-3084 Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun Mexico
Sky Tour (866) 420-9265 5.6 mi. (9.1 km) South West of Playa del Carmen Mexico

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