|Quoting A388 (Reply 7):|
Are there official aircraft spotting locations at the terminal or near the runway?
Greetings from Cancun !
Sadly, to answer your question, unless you ask permission to climb to the Control Tower or you go to the top of the ASUR (airport managing consortium) building, there is absolutely no chance of taking any pictures of any planes in Cancun as a spotter.
You can from the departure lounges as a passenger of course.
It is an airport that definitely discourages plane spotters and the only glimpse you might be able to have is from the car park of the former Terminal 1 (FBO). It is no coincidence, if you check the pictures here in the galleries, that all of them are taken from inside the airport, plane window or on the tarmac as you get off or board a remote plane (currently, and pending the official opening of Terminal 3, almost half all traffic is remote as there are relatively few air bridges available).
Really sorry to disappoint you ! I was very upset too when I first settled in this city 4 years ago and found such a wonderful airport had never taken ius, plane spotters, into consideration !!
Terminal 1 is never to reopen again as a main charter plane Terminal. The cost of the reconstruction inside did not warrant the expense after the devastation of Wilma. This is why Terminal 3 was sped to have it completed in real record time.
Terminal 1 (FB0) only serves as a General Aviation terminal and will remain so for the forseeable future.
|Quoting EK413 (Reply 6):|
Im under the impression after looking at the photos that this is just an extension to the existing Terminal?
No, Terminal 3 is quite some distance from the present terminal. As you can see it is an L-shaped building with 11 telecospic glass bridges and as many remote stands. It will double airport handling capacity when it is opened (not clear yet but it will be some time before the summer rush) and will be, in terms of technology and general infrastructure, on a par with the most modern in the world. Just about all international flights will have an airbridge available (bar the ATR flights by Aviateca and Cubana which will be on remote stands) and better punctuality records will be possible. Currently, delays of up to 20 minutes are not uncommon for remote stand aircraft flights owing to lack of buses to ferry passengers.
It is not clear which airlines will move but, apparently, European airlines will continue to use T. 2 and American and other (mostly Latin American and Canadian) plus Mexican carriers will go to T.3. This is speculative based on what I have heard on aviation circles (I run a Travel Agency in this city). This makes sense as they are expecting a substantial growth in domestic traffic figures with the advent of so many new Mexican LCC.
|Quoting BA0242 (Reply 8):|
When are the terminal and new runway going to be officially operating?
Terminal 3 was back in Novermber, scheduled to open by the Spring Break season but this has been postponed owing to last minute problems with the installation and testing of the technical equipment in the building (I am referring to conveyor belts, scales, check in counters, etc). Hopefully, well before the summer it will be open and, if all goes well, by Easter (but I believe this last one is wishful thinking).
The runway is another matter. ASUR believe it will be ready by year end but, if weather conditions permit this coming hurricane season, it could be officially opened by October.
757, very many thanks for posting the pictures. They look lovely indeed !