Gnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 824 times:
A look at AA's downloadable timetable reflects an interesting scheduling discrepancy that's carried across a number of flights. And I can't imagine any technical reasons that would explain it.
AA's MIA-CUN service, all nonstop, is listed in the timetable with the shortest flight (AA2157) at 39 minutes in duration. The longest flight from MIA-CUN (AA2185) is 49 minutes.
But the return route, CUN-MIA, again all nonstop, and operated with the same 72S and 738 equipment, shows a shortest trip length on AA2158 at 2h 31m, and a longest duration on AA2186 of 2h 40m.
Now, anyone knows the eastbound flights, all of which are scheduled for 2 hours longer than the westbound flights, are operated with the benefit of some west-east tailwinds...so why in the world are the CUN-MIA flights so much longer than the MIA-CUN flights?
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1540 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 772 times:
Unlike many places in the world, Cancun and other cities in Mexico did not go on Daylight Savings Time April 1st, 2001.
They are, therefore, two hours earlier than Eastern Time, one hour earlier than Central Time.
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1540 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 745 times:
I guess you must have been looking at dates after May 6th. If not, AA's Timetable is incorrect.
Here is how it works:
Between April 1st and Cinco de Mayo, there is a two hour difference between Cancun and Miami. A flight departing Miami for Cancun will appear to arrive 1/2 an hour BEFORE it left, as it is 2 hours earlier in Cancun. A flight from CUN-MIA will appear to arrive about 3 1/2 hours after it departed, as it is 2 hours later in Miami. That is the four hour difference that I referred to between flights coming and going.
After May 6, the time difference will only be one hour, and then the schedule you indicated in your post will be accurate (1/2 to Cancun vs 2 1/2 hours to Miami).
Just to recap, the actual flight is about 1 1/2 hours, regardless of which direction you travel. It is just a time zone change.