Published on September 25th, 2016 | by Mark Chesnut
AIRLINE REVIEW: Interjet Airbus A320, JFK to Cancun
During my recent trip to Mexico, to check out the recently renovated Presidente InterContinental Cancun and Presidente InterContinental Cozumel resorts, I flew Interjet, one of the fastest-growing airlines in Mexico. This is a review of my travel experience.
THE ROUTE: New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Cancun International Airport (CUN); Airbus A320, economy class; 3 hours, 40 minutes
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THE DEPARTURE: Departure proved a bit problematic. The official website for JFK airport lists Interjet as departing from Terminal 1. Upon arrival, however, I found that only Interjet’s flights to Mexico City depart from Terminal 1. A staff member told me that Cancun flights depart from Terminal 7, and instructed me to exit the terminal ascend to the AirTrain and go to the other terminal. I noticed that on board the AirTrain, both departure terminals are listed correctly, but the website does not — luckily, I had arrived early and there was no check-in line, so it had no adverse affect, other than the annoyance of showing up at the wrong terminal. (The ticket agent at Terminal 7 explained that the split terminal situation is due to the fact that Interjet’s Cancun service is new, and they didn’t have room at Terminal 1 to add it there.)
I checked my bag for free, which is a nice plus, and there was a very short line for security.
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THE AIRCRAFT: The Interjet Airbus A320 features only economy class seating, but I believe the seats have slightly more leg room than most airline’s economy seating. There were no blankets or pillows, but free earphones were distributed by the crisply dressed flight attendants.
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INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT & AIRLINE FOOD: Interjet flight attendants served us free airline food during the flight; including a Quaker energy bar, apple/cinnamon cookies and a sandwich that was either turkey or ham (not sure about which).
My favorite part of the in-flight entertainment was when they’d play the live feed from a cam mounted on the front of the plane during takeoff and landing, so that you could view on the overhead screens. Other than that, the inflight entertainment was limited to rather boring short-subject presentations.
THE ARRIVAL: We arrived slightly early at Cancun International Airport and — perhaps since it was a morning arrival — there was barely any line for customs or immigration, and baggage delivery was also quick and efficient.