Mke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2491 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6832 times:
Well once again it was time to escape the oncoming fridge weather of Wisconsin to some place warm, this time my dad booked our family a 1 week stay in Cancun on Funjet Vacations. My aunt and uncle would also be coming along. Nov.18-25.
I woke up on Saturday the 18th at around 3AM and it took me a while to realize what I was doing since I was still half asleep. Flight departure time was 6AM so we left for MKE a little before 4AM. We arrived to a very deserted departures drop-off zone by the ticket counters. We were the only car there except for a few shuttle buses and a taxi.
USA3000 used to have their own ticket counters upstairs in front of Concourse C, but they left so Funjet took them over.
Since we were a bit early, the line was short for check in and it was taken care of briskly. Our gate would be C7 and my seat was 23A. We were still waiting for my aunt & uncle to arrive so I went to Cinnabun & Starbucks for some breakfast. Once they arrived and completed check in, we headed to the security checkpoint in Concourse C.
There was a moderate line for security screening but it went by pretty quickly. After clearing security I decided to go do some spotting. It was to dark to take any good shots so I just looked around casually. Aircraft parked at the concourse included some DL CRJs and a MD-88, two AE ERJs, F9 A318, and some UA CRJs.
As you might of heard, Concourse C is currently under expansion. The stem was reconfigured to provide additional gate space. My favorite part is the cool looking blue lights on the ceiling. I walked to the end of the concourse to check out the hammerhead construction. I couldn't really see anything through the dark window.
Boarding and push back was on time. We taxied out to the end of 19R and made a quick turn for an abrupt takeoff. As usual, around 2/3 of the runway was used on our roll. Climb out was smooth over the southern suburbs of Milwaukee. During climb out I had a great view of the sunrise.
After reaching cruising altitude of 36,000 feet, the flight attendants same through and offered drinks and a snack box for 5$. When I flew Funjet a year ago, they offered a warm breakfast sandwich with eggs, ham, and cheese.
The movie being shown on board was The Devil Wears Prada, but I opted not to watch it. It got a little bumpy when we flew over the New Orleans area, but that was brief.
After 3 hours of flight, the captain announced the decent into Cancun. We flew along the coast of the Yucatan, until we made a couple of sharp turns to line up for landing. Over a couple swamps and then the main road and a smooth touchdown into Cancun.
After vacating the runway, a skyservice A320 landed right after us. Can someone tell me where they fly from? I haven't heard much about them.
We taxied to what I'm guessing is terminal 2/B, located on the west side of the airport. We exited the aircraft by walking down the forward air stair into the warm Mexican weather. I got one last look of our plane as I headed up the ramp into the terminal.
It took a while for our luggage the come through but customs was quick and before long we were out the door and off to our hotel!
Our hotel wasn't in Cancun, but in Playa Del Carmen, about an hour south of Cancun. The name of the hotel was The Barcela Maya Beach Resort. It was great! Probably the best hotel We've ever been to. The food & drinks were great and so was the beach. I did some snorkeling in the nearby reefs on the shore and saw some pretty cool fish.
For some extra fun, we went to Tulum, an ancient Mayan City of ruins. (That's me in the picture btw)
I was able to find this wild Iguana outside my hotel room, so I grabbed my camera and snapped a picture.
For once, this vacation didn't go by so fast, but all good things must come to an end.
Flight departure time was at 10:40 AM so we had to wake up at 5:30 to catch the bus at 6:30. The bus arrived at the airport a bit early in front of terminal 2/B. Previously I've flown out of the main terminal at CUN so this was a first for me.
Check in was fast and so was security and we headed up the the gates area. My impression of this terminal compared to the other one is that this one sucks. It was very plain on the inside and offered no good spotting locations. The main terminal had burger king and all these warm food restaurants while here was only a shop selling cold sandwiches. Not to mention it was highly overpriced.
So anyways I had to make the best of spotting opportunities. A little after 9AM our flight arrived from MKE and pulled into the stand.
While waiting for boarding, I spotted a US 737 taxing in after landing.
Pretty soon boarding was called and we headed down the ramp to board our flight to MKE. Other aircraft on the ramp included two Air Transat A310's from Canada, a Ryan International 757 from DFW, and 2 other Funjet 737's from MCI & STL.
Push back was on time as we headed for the runway. There was a short wait for departure as a Mexicana A320 and US A319 landed and the Air Transat Airbus took off before us. Right after that action we turned onto the runway and shot down it lifting off in front of the main terminal and climbing out into the west and then turning to the north. The window was in pretty bad shape so sorry for the bad pics.
The flight path was similar to the one we took on the way down to CUN. They offered the same snack box again and the movie being shown was "Just My Luck". I didn't watch it and instead I just gazed out the window and relaxed.
The decent was a bit bumpy as we passed through the clouds. After loosing some altitude we headed out over Lake Michigan for final approach.
Flaps and gear came down as we turned and approached the mainland. I couldn't really see much until we got close to the mainland cause it was kinda hazy outside. We came in pretty low of the lake and flew over some neighborhoods until we floated down onto runway 25L. Full reverse thrust was put in as we used up the whole runway.
MKE was pretty empty at the time we landed, with only a couple YX aircraft on the ground. After landing we headed over the the International Arrivals Terminal for parking. After walking up the through the jetway, I looked out the window and took a shot of Concourse C and the on going hammerhead construction. I was surprised to see an Allegiant MD-83.
We got our luggage and cleared customs quickly and were headed home in no time.
Oldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6809 times:
Dammit; i was hoping to be #1 and maybe getting a case of sausage lol. Anyways nice report and pics but wheres the 2-legged scenery??
Also It was nice of you to identify yourself;especially since you were the only person looking at the camera Lets go for 50
too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
Just to clear it up, Funjet is actually not an airline. The airline he actually flew on was Ryan International Airlines. Basically, Funjet contracts to Ryan and other airlines to fly their passengers for them.
SiouxATC From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 387 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6682 times:
Great report. Being from MKE, I always enjoy reading reports that go threw there. Great pics to it looks like the new concourse is coming along good. I am excited to see it next month when I fly in on DL. Keep up the good work and keep the reports coming.
YYZYHZ From Canada, joined May 2006, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6619 times:
Now about Skyservice....they are a Canadian charter company that flies from Canada to the "sun" destinations to allow Canadians to escape the snow in the winter time. They also do domestic charter services and some European charters if I"m not mistaken as well. They also operated the short-lived "Roots Air", after the Canadian clothing store chain, within Canada in Spring 2001.
SFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5464 times:
Nice report Mke717spotter! I'm heading to CUN in two weeks and I wonder if I'll get the main terminal or the other one. I'm flying AM. BTW, considering your pics, it'd hard to guess that you were in a Mexican airport. I couldn't spot a single Mexican aircraft. LOL.
How did you find CUN? Are the beaches the same than before Wilma?
Mke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2491 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5403 times:
Quoting SFOMEX (Reply 17): I'm heading to CUN in two weeks and I wonder if I'll get the main terminal or the other one. I'm flying AM. BTW, considering your pics, it'd hard to guess that you were in a Mexican airport. I couldn't spot a single Mexican aircraft.
Ha yeah, well I'm guessing the terminal I was at is used for low priority charter airlines. I guess Air Transat wouldn't fit under that category but there were some others like Ryan and Pace Airlines. My guess is you'll get the main terminal.
Quoting SFOMEX (Reply 17): How did you find CUN? Are the beaches the same than before Wilma?
I couldn't really spot a difference, I believe as of August 2006 they have recovered from Wilma.
Anyways, thanks for the comment, and plz do write a trip report with pics of your flight to CUN!
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