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Spotting At SXM

Sun Sep 09, 2001 9:25 pm

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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RE: Spotting At SXM

Mon Sep 10, 2001 1:19 am

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.

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RE: Spotting At SXM

Mon Sep 10, 2001 5:24 am

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.


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RE: Spotting At SXM

Mon Sep 10, 2001 6:08 am

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'!
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RE: Spotting At SXM

Mon Sep 10, 2001 6:44 am

Do they speak english there??? i am considering a trip,too-
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RE: Spotting At SXM

Mon Sep 10, 2001 6:52 am

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)!
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RE: Spotting At SXM

Mon Sep 10, 2001 6:57 am

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RE: Spotting At SXM

Mon Sep 10, 2001 6:59 am

Next year in St Maarten!!  Smile
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RE: Spotting At SXM

Mon Sep 10, 2001 7:28 am

Here are a couple of links:


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.

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RE: Spotting At SXM

Tue Sep 11, 2001 5:46 pm

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.
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Tue Sep 11, 2001 8:23 pm

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!
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RE: Sxmna

Fri Sep 21, 2001 6:09 am

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.
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RE: Spotting At SXM

Sat Sep 22, 2001 7:09 am

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.
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RE: Spotting At SXM

Sat Sep 22, 2001 8:28 am

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.


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