This is the third leg of the series of reports from my trip to Mexico. I will only report the MEX-CUN flight, because on the CUN-MEX flight y slept the 90% of the time and didn’t really pay attention on the details. But I’ll add a bonus of pictures from the Riviera Maya ;)
Y4 704 Date: 03/06/18 Origin: México City – Benito Juarez MEX Destination: Cancun – International CUN Departure: 12.30 (12.55 real) Arrival: 14.50 (14.45 aprox real)
The day of the flight I got to the airport on an Uber car, about two hours before departure.
Volaris operates in Terminal 1. It has its own counters on the national departures area. I had already checked in 2 days before. That was the only way to choose a seat without paying more. The luggage I bought it when I booked the flight. They send you an email to check in online (or through the app), or on the computers they have near the counters. Otherwise you have to pay 70 MXN.
My boarding pass
Near the counters there’s a security line before boarding area. Once I went through the check point there wasn’t any clear sing pointing the way up. I followed a family with a stroller to the elevator. It took like 5 minutes to go up and down just one floor!
Once I got to the departure lounge y went to check the screens if my flight was showing. They announce the departure gate about 40 minutes before the flight. The departure area is common for domestic and international flights as there’s no migration check point when you leave the country.
I had lots of time, so I walked the airport from side to side. Terminal 1 is a long corridor. Mexico City Airport isn’t spotter friendly at all. You almost can’t see the airplanes. Such a pity.
Then I got to some kind of mezzanine. Where there are many shops and a big food court. There I found my favorite spot of the airport. The 7 Eleven! What a great idea! I think that here in Argentina it would be unthinkable to have a shop like that on an airport. Here we only have expensive kiosks and pricy (and crapy) cafés. This 7 Eleven was a little bit more expensive that the branches in the city, but was cheaper than other shops there. My flight was at noon, so I got a sandwich, a soft drink and snack for lunch.
After a while I found my flight on the screens. The gate was 18 so I walked there.
There were a lot of people waiting. I don’t know why my flight appeared like it was departing at 10 am and was delayed. It was actually on time.
At 12 they started boarding. On the boarding passes there was a number indicating the group to board. Groups 1 and 2 where of clients of a bank, passenger with special needs and carrying big luggage (?). Groups 3 and 4 there according to the location of the seat. I had group 3 and my seat 25A.
The boarding process was very fast. Once inside the aircraft we waited many minutes to take off. I found quite weird one of the announcements the FAs made, telling that they were about to close the doors and they will open them once we get to our destination, inviting to those who weren’t sure enough to fly to leave the aircraft! I never heard such an invitation!
At 12.55 we took off.
We passed near the site of the construction of the new airport for Mexico City. It looks interesting.
Magazine on board
Half an hour after takeoff the FAs came offering free glasses of water. And a little after that they passed again selling food and drinks. During the flight a couple of times they made announcements offering Premium seats that were available. Prices were a little bit higher that on the airport but not inaccessible. Luckily I had for under 80 MXN (4 USD) my meal: a chicken crispy sandwich and a bottle of sidral (a soft drink made of apple).
An hour later we were flying over Yucatan Peninsula. And at 14.25 the captain announced we were descending.
Finally at 14.45 we landed safely and headed to Terminal 2, where there were many local airlines aircraft. We disembarked on the stairs in the back side of the plane and walked to the Terminal building.
Airbus 320 named "Alex"
Luckily mi suitcase came fast, which allowed me to buy tickets for the ADO bus to Playa del Carmen departing in 10 minutes!
The flight was ok. The best part was the price and the punctuality. I didn’t interact much with them. The captain made many announcements on this short flight and he sounded very relaxed and friendly. I would definitely fly Volaris again.
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