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User currently offlineMatt From Canada, joined May 1999, 700 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3385 times:

I have a few questions regarding Cancun Airport.

1. Is Terminal 1 (the FBO/charter terminal) currently used? I know that it did suffer some damage after hurricane Wilma.

2. Has construction on the new Terminal 3 started?

3. What terminal does WestJet use?

Thanks!


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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5338 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3376 times:

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.

User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3371 times:

What I heard was that the FBO was hit pretty hard, rendering it almost unusable. I' haven't been back to CUN since the hurricane hit, so I'm also curious myself how the recovery is coming up.

User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3349 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.

Cheers,
Cameron

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.

[Edited 2006-04-25 01:27:44]

User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3345 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 ( Wink) 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!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26812 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3334 times:

WestJet's CUN flights are actually charters, which explains their T1 location.


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User currently offlineBA747YYZ From Canada, joined Mar 2006, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3315 times:

I hate T1 it is hot, and the immigration hall is crowded and the gates are not actually gates!

User currently offlineMah584jr From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3297 times:

Cancun's new terminal is currently under construction. I saw it about a month ago. Terminal 1, I believe is rarely used if at all. T2 is the operational one. It is very nice indeed.

User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3284 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  scratchchin   scratchchin  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.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3276 times:

Quoting Matt (Thread starter):
What terminal does WestJet use?

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.

Quoting Matt (Thread starter):
2. Has construction on the new Terminal 3 started?

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!

If you want some pics, I'd highly recommend reading my trip report:

AC First Class: YYZ-CUN 763, CUN-YYZ 319 (by Boeingfanyyz Mar 26 2006 in Trip Reports)

Cheers,
Boeingfanyyz  airplane 



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User currently offlineRojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2482 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3256 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.

User currently offlineCivilav From Mexico, joined Oct 2004, 391 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 3233 times:

Quoting Matt (Thread starter):
have a few questions regarding Cancun Airport.

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.

Terminal 2 was fully refurbished in 2004.

Greetings from Cancún


User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3159 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!

RM  Smile



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User currently offlineBilly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 895 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3108 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).


User currently offlineMatt From Canada, joined May 1999, 700 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3076 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!


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User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2603 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3047 times:
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Quoting Billy (Reply 13):
HUX First Choice service routes via CUN (though is a slow seller).

MAN-HUX and MAN-PVR now non-stop in both directions, with reduced available pax loads. LGW-PVR operates via SFB outbound.

Next year HUX/PVR flights are all planned via SFB outbound, but the LGW-LIR route will be non-stop.

Regards
CROSSWIND


User currently offlineBilly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 895 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3029 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.

User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1140 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2860 times:

Quoting Matt (Thread starter):
2. Has construction on the new Terminal 3 started?



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.

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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.

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User currently offlineMatt From Canada, joined May 1999, 700 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2815 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?


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User currently offlineCessnalady From Mexico, joined May 2004, 310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2716 times:

That's cool... Any idea when will it be put in service?

Marie


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