The International Airport of Cancun lies just 16 km to the south of the city, along the Cancún-Chetumal highway at km-22. Leaving the airport, if you're going to the hotel zone, this distance is reduced to 10 kilometres.
Considered the second most important of the coutry's airport network, top if talking about purely leasure seeking visitors, the airport is on the north-east coast of the Yucatan peninsula, on the shores of the Caribbean.
In 2007, according to figures released by the local Transport and Communications Secretary (SCT), a total of 85,460 flights arrived to the airport; visitor figures surpassed 9.3 million.
Cancun's airport is the state's principal airport; the others are Chetumel, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.
The local population is around half a million and, although Spanish is the offical language, Cancun is like a tower of Babel where many languages are spoken, most commonly English.
This resort was revamped recently after a severe strike from a hurricane. It can be reached by plane from Florida in around an hour and a half and lies directly south of New Orleans. Cancun is the gateway to the undescribable world of the maya empire, full of spells and charms.
In its heyday, the maya empire included Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Chiapas, Tabasco, Quintana Roo, Veracruz and Oaxaca in Mexico, stretching south through Guatemala, Belize and into present day El Salvador.
Overall, the state offers 4 international airports, 25 airodromes for short haul flights, 3 heliports and 2 hydroports, Cancun is the largest player.
This airport is an important hub of a scheme interconnecting multi-destination vacation resorts in the Caribbean, similar to Miami.
Just a few months ago, the local airline Mexicana raised its stake in the airport by choosing the location as a hub.