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User currently offlineN6801 From Sweden, joined Aug 2001, 192 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

Can anybody out there advise me as to the most economical way to get from Copenhagen to St. Maarten?

I'm planning on travelling down there next year to get some front row plane spotting seats on the beach, but haven't a clue as to the cheapest and easiest way to get down there. And I'd like to direct my question to you good people before running to travel agencies whose prime function is to sell.

Another question I have concerning this particular destination is when the best time of year would be for plane spotting, i.e. would air traffic be mostly seasonal, or would any season be good. By the way, how "busy" is busy for that airport?


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I'd really appreciate any advice I could get. Thanx!




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User currently offlineLj From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1334 times:

From Europe both KLM and Air France offer flights via Amsterdam or CDG. Go to one of the travel sites like
http://www.travelocity.com to see how much it costs.

Regards
Laurens


User currently offlineThe_Greq From Netherlands, joined Sep 2000, 181 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1318 times:

Dear N6801,

What I have "heard" from friends who have been there, is October untill December not very nice in accordance to the weather. (bigger chance on rain, and winds sometimes even hurricanes.) I agree with LJ in the above reply. KLM and Air France are offering the cheapest tickets. Although check for also American and Continental. (I belive they also have nice prices to SXM, not sure!!!)

Every day there is an Air France 747, almost every day KLM 747, Corsair almost every day. And the some US carriers most daily.

Greetings,

Gregor van der Made
Amsterdam, Holland


User currently offlineN6801 From Sweden, joined Aug 2001, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1305 times:

Thanks a lot for the info! By the way, I've also noticed that US Airways has flights down there from PIT. I have a 100 dollar voucher with them I might be able to put to use there! However and whenever I get down there, I'll definitely make a point of staying away during 'the windy season'!

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1294 times:

Do they speak english there??? i am considering a trip,too-


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User currently offlineN6801 From Sweden, joined Aug 2001, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

United_Fan: I'm under the impression that this is a Dutch colony, and the Dutch speak brilliant English, so I don't foresee any communication problems there.

This has got to be a great spotter's paradise. I found an article on St. Maarten once and they've actually listed the airport as one of the sights!! It seems you can get pretty close to that runway, too: the blast of a 747 once flipped a car over on the road running past the threshold and another one apparently came in a tad too low, dragging the fence up onto the runway with it! (I wish I could find that article)!


User currently offlinePolAir From United States of America, joined May 2001, 893 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1297 times:

I WANNA GO!!!!

User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

Next year in St Maarten!!  Smile

User currently offlineN6801 From Sweden, joined Aug 2001, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1291 times:

Here are a couple of links:

http://www.webcarib.com/airport/
http://www.jmbcommunications.com/sxm.html

Found this little tid-bit as well about Maho Beach (i.e. the beach where the runway threshold is) at http://www.stmartin.com/beaches.htm:

Popular Maho Beach has one of the most unusual locations you will ever see. When planes land on St. Martin they fly right over Maho or Airport Beach. It is the closest observation point where the public can watch planes as large as 747's land. The beach is surprisingly good, and the snorkeling is great. The surf can sometimes be rough but it is a great place to stop, take a quick dip and watch a few jets land right over head. At one end is the Sunset Beach Bar a very popular cocktail hour spot. A word of caution: regardless of what other people do, stand off to the side of the runway. The jet blast could toss a pebble back at you at twice the speed of a magnum bullet. Also don't leave your clothes or towels in the flight path or they will be blown out to sea.

I'm there dude!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineSxmna From Netherlands Antilles, joined Mar 2001, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1281 times:

In general, Air France (CDG) and Corsair (ORY) are cheapest although KLM has some sepcials occasionally like this month. Busiest time of the year is the end of December and first week of January with a lot of private jets. Hurricane season is from July till November.
On a busy saturday in the highseason (Dec - May) depending on the charters, your day would start with an A310 from EZE, two 747 from CDG/ORY in the afternoon (KLM is only once a week), the regular U.S. carriers mostly on 757/767 around midday (approx. 5) and different charters from the U.S., Canada and Brasil throughout the day. Apart from that we have a lot of regional traffic on MD-80, ATR, Dash, Dornier and, Twinotters. For an airport with only one RWY and no radar, it is quite busy. And yes we do speak english.


User currently offlineN509JB From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

im looking at going the last weekend in Oct. how do you think the action will be then?

i want to stay at the maho beach hotel (or a hotel close by, within walking distance, so we wouldnt need a car) how are the rates?

thanks for yer help!
N


User currently offlineSxmna From Netherlands Antilles, joined Mar 2001, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

Maho is a beautiful hotel and its a very short walk (on the beach) to the action. Pricewise October shouldn't be too bad. If you need a phonenumber, feel free to ask. October is normally not that busy and I have a feeling that it will be worse after the tragedy in the U.S.. We'll just have to wait and see what will happen.

User currently offlineN6801 From Sweden, joined Aug 2001, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1238 times:

Sxmna, thanks for the info. I am opting now to go for Corsair. I've never flown with them before, so this should be a unique experience.

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1235 times:

I'm there every year! My aunt lives there! It's great, I've taken American Airlines, and Continental Airlines. Continental Airlines has extrodinary service on that route. I leave for SXM in 3 weeks, I'm on Continental thorugh EWR. I go MSP-EWR-SXM. I can't wait. I'll be there for a week and a half. It has great sights there. The jetblast isn't too bad, and everyone does speak English.

Continental


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