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Will there be enough time? (SJU-SXM-SJU)

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Will there be enough time? (SJU-SXM-SJU)


Got a question for someone that may have experience with flying through SJU (San Juan, PR) airport to Sint Maarten (SXM) and back.

We are Canadian citizens and we will be flying from BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON, MD (BWI) to

SAN JUAN, PR (SJU) and will be arriving at 12:15 PM with Southwest.

Our next flight to Sint Maarten (SXM) is at 2:07 p.m with JetBlue.

We are only carrying carry-on bags with us, so no luggage.

Also, our return flight from Sin Maarten to SJU is with Seaborne Airlines from 12:35pm to 01:45pm and then next flight to BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON is at 3:05 PM.

Providing that initial flights are on time, do you think we will make these next flights just fine?

Btw. this will be in mid May.


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1. Re: Will there be enough time? (SJU-SXM-SJU)

well, as you say; assuming your flights are on time

when you arrive on southwest, you CAN get to your jet blue gate. it is a little tricky but follow the signs or ask. you do not have to exit the airport to get to the jet blue terminal. it should take about 10 minutes.

and, wow. it takes 70 minutes to go from st marten to san juan? on those planes? scary.

sorry, anyway,

the return is cutting it close. 80 minutes. you need to be at your gate 15? 30? minutes before departure. security could be slow. but you never know. maybe the southwest agents can help get you through security quicker.

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2. Re: Will there be enough time? (SJU-SXM-SJU)

Wouldn't you need to clear customs in San Juan on the return trip.

Edited: 14 March 2014, 17:49
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3. Re: Will there be enough time? (SJU-SXM-SJU)

As someone who works at San Juan airport, I would like to echo the previous response. I think you are cutting it very short on the return. When in the Caribbean, one should always make allowances for "island time syndrome". My rule of thumb for in-bound international arrivals in SJU is 3 hrs for a comfortable transit, 2 hrs minimum. Be aware you will complete US immigration and customs inspection at San Juan upon arrival from St Maarten. After that, all travel will be on regular US domestic flights.

Secondly, mid-afternoon is the the big rush period for SJU airport as the inbound flights from the US mainland head back north. In addition, local schools will close for summer here the first week of May, thus you can expect to be amongst lots of folks heading off the island as summer vacation season gets underway.

I would advise the following:

(1) COMPLETE ONLINE CHECK-IN for Southwest & jetBlue segments as this will allow you to skip having to pick up a boarding pass at their SJU ticket counters.

(2) AVOID PURCHASES of DUTY FREE ALCOHOL or FOOD SAUCES on St Maarten because these items fall under the carry-on restrictions for liquids/gels/aerosols and you will have to check them as luggage out of San Juan in order to get them home. Not a good scenario when you are already on a tight schedule.

(3) BE AWARE SJU TERMINALS ARE UNDERGOING RENOVATIONS. Depending how construction goes over the next 6-8 weeks, all this advice may be rendered obsotete!

That said, I wish you a pleasant trip!

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