Cancun International Airport (CUN)
History, Facts and Overview
During the war years of the 1940s, an airbase was established by the US army. Located close to Cancun's southerly coastline and in the Alfredo V Bonfil area, the airport was soon used for civilian passenger flights and enlarged to meet rising demand. Eventually the airfield became officially known as the Cancun International Airport (CUN) and has been directly responsible for much of the region's prosperity and flourishing tourism industry.
In 2007, Cancun Airport opened its third terminal after an investment of around $100 million, effectively doubling the overall capacity to around 20 million passengers per annum. The airport terminal boasts over 80 check-in desks, 12 boarding gates and state-of-the-art flight display screens. A further $50 million has recently been spent to construct a second runway. Measuring around 2,400 metres / 7,875 feet long, Cancun Airport's new runway will greatly increase the overall capacity for aircraft movements, allowing for the predicted growth.
There are ATMs located in all three terminals at Cancun Airport, as well as current exchange and post boxes. For comfort, relaxation and indulgence the airport offers a great selection of dining outlets, which are clustered around Terminal 2 and include many favourites, such as TGI Friday's, Domino's Pizza, Burger King, Bar Corona, Jose Cuervo Tequileria and the Kalhua Cafe.
Cancun Airport also features a variety of places to shop, operated by the Aldeasa Mexico SA de CV. Duty-free shops can be found within the departure terminals and include Aerotiendas, Cinco Soles, Joyeria Sofia, Tabaqueria Cenca and Tiendas Duty Free. The Moon Palace Resort is located close by and complements the airport's business facilities with its own dedicated business centre and conference facilities.