In 6-years and 2-months the SXM departure process remains a 3rd world disaster. A prime example of corruption, wasted funding and mismanagement. Will it ever be acceptable?
Our experience Saturday (though we connected via SBC) was that if in transit for Winair—with a printed boarding pass and carryon only—look for the SBC person (as it’s not well marked for “in transit”) and get on the bus for transit passengers which takes you to the new/temporary transit gate. You then go through (transit) security and into the departure area. You do not need to go into the temporary arrival facility.How was your arrival? Did you need to pass through the tempoary arrivals area first before getting to the departure gates to SBH?
I arrive in a few days. JetBlue added mid-week direct flights from Boston that don't land until 3:30 and I need to make Winair's 5:00 flight. I travel with carry on and know the In Transit process well. Or at least the In Transit process prior to the opening of the new Departure hall. Using a VIP service is a little extreme with carry on, but I'm beginning to consider it.
There are other options, as I am sure you know. In my opinion, at least now, it is worth it to avoid SXM at all costs.We return In late January for the first visit since we snuck out ahead of covid March 6, 2020. Really not ahead of covid because I contracted it in that petri dish called SXM. A third world disaster might be too ild a descriptive. We paid VIncent months ago as he is the only possible savior. But now, even he be shut out. This could be the last rodeo, I hate to say.