Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3201 posts, RR: 45 Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2866 times:
1. No, I'm pretty sure terminal 1 is still being remodelled.
2. No, construction has not begun (But I can't wait for it and the new runway!)
3. Westjet operates out of terminal one, according to Wikipedia.
All and all, I was there a month ago, and everything looked pretty good, as far as the airport was concerned.
Hope this helps.
Edited answer to question 1. I can't find any clear information, but the more I think about it, the less I think its open. So I really don't know what to say about where the plane parks. My guess is it uses a remote stand, and you take a bus to the terminal.
Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3201 posts, RR: 45 Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2862 times:
Quoting Wjcandee (Reply 1): Well...I thought that I could help you, but I guess I can't. What I can say is that the terminal that we used (flying CO last month) was new (or recently remodeled), very clean and very nice.
Terminal 2 is recently remodeled ( ) It is, indeed very nice, and the immigration facility finally has air conditioning!!! The TGI Friday's, Food Court, remodelled duty free shops, and the restaurant in the departure hall, are all new (within the last 5 years or so). Imagine the whole downstairs, stocked full of tourists, in the sweltering Cancun heat and humidity without air conditioning. Well only in the last several years has that been added, and boy it makes a world of difference!
Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3201 posts, RR: 45 Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2801 times:
Quoting Mah584jr (Reply 7): Cancun's new terminal is currently under construction. I saw it about a month ago.
Why don't I remember that? LOL Quite possible, I suppose. What I was more refering to, is on approach and climb out, I couldn't see any signs of making headway on the new runway, which is north and west of the existing terminal, on the other side of the entry road.
If I'm correct, they use T1, seeing as they only operate on a charter, seasonal basis for Air Transat holidays. If not, I'd imagine they use the satelite terminal. But, seeing as their planes are not enormous enough to have priority for a full gate, I dont suppose that is the case.
Quoting Matt (Thread starter): 1. Is Terminal 1 (the FBO/charter terminal) currently used? I know that it did suffer some damage after hurricane Wilma.
Last time I was there (mid March) it was fully operational. No signs of damage.
Rojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 10 Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2773 times:
I was in CUN yesterday and I could see that construction for the new terminal has started. A Skyservice B763 was parked in front of what is going to be the new terminal. Additionally, I saw that T1 remained closed and, in consequence, T2 remains congested. We had to wait 10 minutes for a gate since all of them were occupied.
I was at the airport to see some people off last Friday and I can tell you that:
1) Terminal 1 is already operational (charter flights and private planes)
2) Terminal 3 is officially being built but hardly any work has been done other than the usual ground breaking.
ASUR (airport authority) is busily completing the new state-of-the-art central luggage sorting building with all manner of electronic devices and gadgets for today's security needs which got badly delayed with Wilma (at least 7 months behind schedule)
3) Westjet should be handled by Terminal 1.
Fly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19 Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2676 times:
I am actually now in Cancun, just got here yesterday and from what I could see and been told by my former co-workers there:
Terminal 1 -what used to be Cancun Air, also know as "the charter terminal"- was badly damaged by Wilma. It remains closed as of today but its tarmac is used and passengers are transported back and forth T2 on buses. Funny to mention that the airport already had those wide big specialized buses to do the task, but because of the current operational conditions in which all traffic converges at T1 the airport had to hire Greyhound-like buses to help on the transportation problem. Depending on the hour and places to look it resembles more a bus station than an airport.
Terminal 3's construction already started but up to know only plotting and ground breaking has being done.
Quoting BA747YYZ (Reply 6): I hate T1 it is hot, and the immigration hall is crowded and the gates are not actually gates!
That should change soon. The terminal is wrecked so I think it is easier just to tear it down and build a new one. Thanks good for insurance companies, I'll tell you that!
There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
Billy From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 895 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2625 times:
The new terminal will be completed next spring, which is too late for many of the hoteli. ASUR is under considerable pressure to speed this up. New aprons are being added as the airport is capacity constrained in this area. CUN does not accept any additonal overnighting aircraft and does not permit commercial aircraft to have long layovers (say four or five hours plus).
Things are very tight but I think that they are entering postive numbers now.
The Canadian market and the US markets are back to pre-Wilma levels, and the addition of triple designation is helping those routes that had hit their ceiling (NYC, CHI and LAX).
The IB service starts next month and HUX First Choice service routes via CUN (though is a slow seller).
ASUR has a website that provides data and pax figures (by airline, I think).
Matt From Canada, joined May 1999, 689 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2593 times:
Thanks for all your responses. I just got confirmation from Cancun Airport that T1 (FBO/Charte) is indeed still closed (although planes are using the apron, as mentionned) and that T2 is handling all passengers at the moment. I can just imagine the congestion!
Billy From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 895 posts, RR: 8 Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2546 times:
Crosswind. Thanks for this. I heard that they were looking at routing via SFB because transit pax to HUX need to clear immigration in CUN, which is tough on the passengers. However, HUX remains a slow seller despite it being a fantastic product.
Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 3): 2. No, construction has not begun (But I can't wait for it and the new runway!)
Quoting Boeingfanyyz (Reply 9): Nope, when I was there, however, I did see some master plans and it looks like its going to be a pretty snazzy terminal. Cant wait!
Quoting Civilav (Reply 11): 2) Terminal 3 is officially being built but hardly any work has been done other than the usual ground breaking.
Quoting Fly727 (Reply 12): Terminal 3's construction already started but up to know only plotting and ground breaking has being done.
Construction of Terminal 3 is in full swing. I'm surprised nobody seems to have noticed the huge building to the East of Terminal 2 and past the luggage sorting building. If anyone in the area wants to take a look at it, just drive past the customhouse or through the new driveway to the left of the current access highway, about 2 miles before reaching Terminals 1 and 2.
The building (whose structure is complete at 80%) will have three separate levels for incoming and outgoing passengers, plus the ground service levels. The structure shows the main level will have 50-Ft ceilings and IIRC, 18 gates with jetways.
CUN Terminal 3 in construction. Three levels, hich ceilings, and a snazzy project. Photo: April 25, 2006.
This bad-quality photo is taken from the area of the customhouse. If you look closely, you'll notice almost impossible-to-see people are working in the roof. That gives you an idea of the size of the building.
Matt From Canada, joined May 1999, 689 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2332 times:
Thanks Adriaticus! A correct answer to my original question! I'll be in CUN on Sunday (Apr. 30). I imagine T2 will be busy as it is the only one being used at the moment. Any news on when T1 (FBO/charter) will re-open?