Early is good, too early…not so much. In May due to scheduling we arrived at SXM 4 hours in advance of our return flight home. When we tried to check in early we were not allowed to check our bags, or to enter the terminal until 2 hours before our flight. A mixed blessing. We found seats outside in the shade, souvenir shop Caribs and entertainment watching the taxi and shuttle bus drivers collecting passengers. What a scene.While improvements are likely eventually great, they also make me worried, at least at first. We will be flying home on a Saturday in the middlish of November which likely is right before or after this opens up (depending on actual date of course). Tradewind flights home are too much higher than the SXM route home to make that our choice, although we are flying Tradewind to SBH.
Thoughts on getting to SXM 2 hours before our Delta flight departs for JFK? Think we should play it safe and go with 3 hours?
SXM posted a video on YouTube Episode 11 about the TAF (Temp arrival facility) and near the end of the video they actually address in transit passengers (kudos to SXM!). It appears the process will be very similar to what is currently in place. You are dropped off at the TAF but will not go into the facility. There will be another bus at the location to take you to the main terminal and through a transit screening process. I’m assuming likely the same hallway as it is currently done so that is very good news! Oh and the fine folks on the “Friendly Island” take offense to the old adage of the “tents” they were “pavilions” as noted in this episode as well..haha!
Interesting. In the past they would only recognize printed boarding passes, correct? I wonder if starting in November (if you believe that date) they will be accepting digital boarding passes as well“Restoring A Princess - Episode 13 - TAF Phase 2”
More on the SXM Temporary Arrival Facility (TAF). There’s a bit of info regarding Transit passengers at about 06:50.