Planes Spotting: Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten (SXM), Ever Been?

by Kerwin McKenzie on March 20, 2015


 

 

KLM Boeing 747-400 - Landing SXM KLM Boeing 747-400 – Landing SXM
 

 

If you’ve not made it to St. Maarten (SXM) you are missing out. It’s not exactly easy to get to as the flights are usually full. But when you do, it is worth it!
 

 

I’ve not been in a while now; looks like 2006 was my last time there, so I’m well overdue a return. The airport is now renewed with jet bridges, which makes it hard to see the planes, but progress I guess. On one of my stays, the one where I took that photo above, I stayed at The Sonesta Mahoe Beach Resort and Casino; its a little pricey, but you can sit on the balcony and watch planes all day; how about that. Check rates at the hotel below:
 

 


 

 

From the U.S. American, Delta (DL), JetBlue (B6), Seaborne (BB), Spirit (NK), US Airways (US); from Canada, its Air Canada (AC), Air Transat (TS) and Westjet (WS). Air France (AF) comes in from Paris and a number of Caribbean airlines including Caribbean Airlines (BW) and Liat (LI) also serve the island. Oh and Copa Airlines (CM) comes in from Panama. Ensure you have backup passes though as it gets tricky. Once I had to buy a ticket to St. Thomas (STT), then take American to San Juan (SJU).

 

KLM Boeing 747-400 Taxiing Out SXM KLM Boeing 747-400 Taxiing Out SXM

 

Try not to be like these silly people below and stand at the end of the fence behind the airplane as it leaves. As you know those four engines are very powerful!
 

 

KLM Boeing 747-400 - People at runway end SXM KLM Boeing 747-400 – People at runway end SXM
 

 

The draw is the approach to the island and its very short runway with mountains at one end and the Caribbean Sea at the other. It’s main star: The KLM Boeing 747-400!

 

KLM Boeing 747-400 - Taking Off SXM KLM Boeing 747-400 – Taking Off SXM

 

Here’s a video that KLM did about the voyage from takeoff to landing in SXM.

 

 

I’ve also added some more photos from my visits there. Have you visited? Please leave a comment below.

 

Air Transat Airbus A310 Landing in SXM Air Transat Airbus A310 Landing in SXM

 

Continental Airlines Boeing 757-300 Taking Off from SXM Continental Airlines Boeing 757-300 Taking Off from SXM

 

Continental Airlines Boeing 757-300 Landing in SXM Continental Airlines Boeing 757-300 Landing in SXM

 

BWIA Boeing 737-800 Landing in SXM BWIA Boeing 737-800 Landing in SXM

 

Air France Airbus A340 Landing F-GLZJ Air France Airbus A340 Landing F-GLZJ

 

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