All I can say: GREAT!
I enjoyed your report a lot. I happen to know the pilot, Ricardo Enciso, who took you on that flight. He is a very close friend of mine, a very skilled and professional guy.
Aerotuc?n is a recently-established operator in the Cancun area. It is currently offering non-scheduled services, which are filling the gap for regional on-demand charter left by previous operators (such as the failed attempts of Vuelabus, subsidiary of also ill-fated Vuelamex, millennium and Avioquintana). They do have, however, in my understanding another set of Caravan(s) for their runs in the state of Oaxaca, where it was founded.
A lot of their business in southeast Mexico (that is, not their niche in Oaxaca) is done via local travel agencies or ground operators who take advantage of the huge amount of traffic of "day-stay" cruise ships in the Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and the recently developed Mayan Riviera area. Their sales staff offer the tour packages to tourists, some of which include admissions to the archeological parks, meals, drinks and of course transportation to and from the ships and/or resorts.
This little airline lacks the technical stuff (and honestly the market has reduced ever since some time) to allow scheduled operations, even in the once-profitable Cancun/Cozumel air shuttle, which during some time had 20 flights a day. They do, however, offer safe, reliable and fun rides such as the one Keysman73 took.
The views departing any place in the Mexican Caribbean are absolutely breathtaking; but it takes special mention taking off from Playa del Carmen's 600 meters (roughly around 1850 feet) and narrow runway. Both from the view and because of the knot-feet-degree precision it demands from the pilots. I flew in and out of there several times and there is never something that doesn't challenge one's skills. Though it was designed for single-pilot operation, in Mexico whenever the Caravan is used under a commercial service certificate and registration it is required to have a co-pilot. Chances are that your first officer was building time on his logbook for a little or no pay. Either way a blast of invaluable experience is gained.
About Chichen Itz? International, there are a few facts to mention. Designed as a relief airport for the congested Cancun airport (it would take the flow of some flights from Europe whose passengers are more in the search of eco-archeological experiences rather than the noisy mess of Cancun) it never quiet got important customers as the new owners of nearby CUN
saw their interests threatened. Money and political issues in which grupo ASUR was involved (CUN
's operator) avoided Chichen Itz? International from getting the traffic. A total shame as CZA was probably one of the finest and most expensive airport projects in Mexico of the last decade. Nice hydraulic-concrete runway, state of the art underground fueling facilities, modern navigational aids... all of them bleeding red ink right now.
Hope the info helps. Got a little carried away with this topic. Hope not have bored you to death.
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