DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8946 posts, RR: 11 Posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
Last week, I booked a trip from Boston to Orlando on Delta with a stopover in CVG (they wouldn't give me the layover in ATL, and I didn't want to switch from the Delta terminal at LGA to the Marine Terminal, so I settled for CVG). This will be my first trip through CVG, and I have a few more questions about MCO (despite being through there several times). The Boston-Cincinnati flight is all right (BOS is my home airport, so I know all there is there). But for Cincinnati?
Where are the best places INSIDE Terminal C (I only have two hours, so no leaving the grounds for the CVG Spotters location)? I have heard negative things about Concourse C (and from the photos at Comair's website, it doesn't look too good either). How about Terminals A and B though. I am not a Crown Room member, so I can't use the Crown Rooms for spotting.
How about food at Cincinnati? Since I will have a layover at a time of day (1945-2150) that warrants dinner, are there any good restaurants that have good views of operations that are on the airside?
How bad is it connecting from Delta to Comair? Because as luck would have it, I do have to take the Comair CRJ from CVG to MCO, and if Concourse C is as spotter-unfriendly as it sounds, I will be avoiding that concourse until the latest minute.
Now for MCO...
As mentioned above, I will be arriving in MCO on Comair. In the past, I have only flown into MCO on Continental (mainline, using whatever airside they're on), and Delta/Delta Express (no Comair). I do know that Comair does have their gates located under the tram, and I have never been down these gates (60 A-K???). What are these gates like? Since it will be midnight when I arrive, photography is out of the question, but will I be able to record registrations of the other Comair planes overnighting? (gates 70-99 should be easy to do).
Also, I might take a half-day off of my vacation to do some spotting at MCO. I know of McCoy Road, but how is spotting from the top of the garage on the main terminal?
RJ From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 198 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2550 times:
Unfortunately there are no spotting areas in Concourse C. As a matter of fact, there are no views of the planes while you are waiting within Concourse C.
Since you are arriving on Delta, you will be arriving at either Concourse A or B. If you want to do some spotting, go to either end of those concourses. You can view the departure area for 18L at one end and at the other you will get a view of Concourse C and Terminal 2. If you pick a gate to sit at in the middle of Concourse B, you can get a view of the alleyway between Concourse A and B and if you sit on the other side you will get a view of Rwy 27.
You definitely want to eat in Concourse B. They have 2 pizza places, a Mc D onalds, KFC, Great Steak place, Cinibon in the main food court area, and there is also a place called Lefty's down the concourse that has pretty good grub (as far as airport food goes) Concourse C has a terrible selection of food. They have a Mc Donald's with long lines, a Pizza Hut Express, Darcy's (sandwiches) and Rapido's (wraps and sandwiches). None of the food is very good. Stick with Concourse B.
In order to get to Concourse C from Concourse B, you will need to take a bus. The buses run about every 10 minutes. Once you are inside Concourse C the gates will only be a couple minute walk away.
As far as MCO goes. There will not be any Comair aircraft when you arrive at that hour. They have all left for their overnights. As a matter of fact, as soon as everybody gets off the airplane that you came in on, the plane will taxi over to the hangar for the night. You might have an opportunity to do some spotting when you are Terminal 3.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8946 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2530 times:
Thanks for the info. I was debating the food courts in Concourses B and C (since, looking at the preliminary schedules, the majority of flights will be Comair), but since there is no spotting facility there, I was leaning toward Concourse B (not to mention the KFC). Odds are I will end up calling CVG ATIS right before takeoff in Boston to determine which I will end up dashing. At least I will be able to land the Air France flight, whichever aircraft is operating it...