I decided to spend last weekend in Tabasco, visiting ancient Mayan ruins, antrhopological museums and vast caves (yes, I know, it does not sound very exciting)... I know Rojo will start to groan: why in hell did you chose to go to Villahermosa instead of Cancún... Anyway, I used my Frecuenta miles to buy a ticket to VSA.
MX), Mexico">MEX-VSA, where VSA means Villahermosa, Tabasco
June 20th, 2003
Seat: 6D (always aisle).
As I had my boarding passes already issued and no luggage, I got into the airport and headed directly to security control. You must know that I have found a way to bring your own SwissArmy knife on board. By fortune, I left it in my camera bag very close to the camera itself, in fact, very close to the battery. I think the battery's own material is so hard and metallic that it makes the little knife fade in the X-Ray image... It has been twice since I have got my knife inside the plane with no one to care.
I crossed security control with no problem and took a look at the screens to see which gate will I be departing. Surprise!!! It was gate 28, in the International area and a long 15 minutes walk. I really do not have any idea why this plane heading to VSA was sharing space with widebodies (LH, BA, AF, KL and IB). But who cares!
It was nice to see all those big birds at the same time at MX), Mexico">MEX. I was quite surprised to find that BA is flying a 744 instead of the traditional 777. Does any one knows why and since when? So, there you had BA 747, LH 744, KL 747, IB 340, AF 744. It would have been great to find also JL 744 and the second IB and LH arriving to MX with a couple of hours of difference. By the way, AF plane was arriving when I reached my gate and I could notice that aprox two-thrids of the pax were Mexicans and not French.
I personally do not pay too much attention on the kind of bird I am flying. But given MX recent fanfare about their new A319, I was expecting to fly in one of them. And yes, I was granted a brand new A319 still smelling new. To me, this a/c presented as a simple, ellegant and bright plane.
I must recognise I am not a MX lover, but more a AM frequent flier. I have always dismissed MX because of their focus to holidaygoers and ethnical traffic. Now I was quite surprised and happy to find their fine and simple (but efficient) on board service. They even have IFE for such a small flight on their A319. MX F/a are much prettier than AM (always a part of the service to watch out) and a very good service attitude. They only offered peanuts and beverages but you can notice when good a positive attitude is behind.
The flight had a 85% load, I guess an average load for a Friday evening flight. Most of pax where Pemex-related people paying very high fares, and with all 12 Business class taken.
Arriving into VSA is always a hot and humid welcome. I still do not know why do not provide at least an aerocar (if not jetbridges) when it is very feasible to arrive under severe rain and still having to walk from the airplane into the terminal building.
Aerosur (the airport operator of some airports in Yucatan peninsula and south México, including CUN) has done some work modernizing this, still small, airport. However, all modernisation has been on the inside, but the outside resembles the peculiar 80s ASA style... Still, not bad... And it trully has a very good airconditioning system as the weather outside was so damp and hot and the terminal building was crowded when I arrived, but still it was cool inside.
This was a short trip report. I omit details of my VSA-MX), Mexico">MEX leg as it was a normal flight in a A320. Well, I could add that we had to wait over 30min for an Aerocar to take us to MX), Mexico">MEX terminal building as all jetbridges were taken and all aerocars were being used... Crap MX), Mexico">MEX between 18.00-21.00 !!!!!! We need another airport urgently!