Cubana flight experience anyone
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 28, 2012 6:56 PM Last Post By: Georgecom
Nov 19, 2012 1:27 AM
Cubana flight experience anyoneAm planning on flying from Havana to Mexico City on Cubana to connect to an AeroMexico flight to Los Angeles. The flight from Havana is supposed to arrive Mexico City at 7.50am and my connecting flight leaves Mexico City at 2.30pm.
Is this sufficient time to take into account delays? Or do I need to spend a night in Mexico to be on the safe side?
Any other suggestion to be able to connect to the AeroMexico flight?
Nov 19, 2012 1:52 AM
1Should be absolutely plenty of time but no one guarentee it.
Have you also looked at Intejet and AeroMx flights from Havana?
Nov 19, 2012 11:28 AM
2Thanks. It is very hard to find flight schedules to and from Havana due to the US restrictions. Is there a website where I can see this easily?
Nov 19, 2012 2:02 PM
Nov 19, 2012 2:52 PM
Nov 19, 2012 4:54 PM
5One suggestion - when you check in at Havana for your departure - if you have your MEX-LAX tickets in hand - ask the checking-in agent (especially helpful with a CUC$5 bill folded in hand) if it is possible to check your bags all the way thru to Los Angeles.
If you can check all the way to LAX so you don't claim your bags in MEX, clear MEX Customs, then recheck them thru to LAX. need to clear MEX Customs.
Also, if they do give you the bag tags, check to see if that has been done.
In LAX, pull the bag tags off the bags before reaching exit/Customs.
Nov 25, 2012 11:10 AM
Nov 25, 2012 12:55 PM
Nov 27, 2012 5:00 PM
8A few things I have experienced.
One, unloading of bags at Mexico airport is slow so could take up to 30-40 minutes.
Two, you might need to move between the 2 terminals for connecting flights so be aware of which terminal you land at and which you depart from. Ask if you are not sure.
Three, check in for both Cubana and Interjet flying to Cuba, in my 2 experiences, has been somewhat chaotic. So many folk get confused about purchasing a Cuban travel visa before they can check in for their flight. The Interjet was a stuffin chore. Almost no one, apart from me it seems, bothered to queue for the visa and then queue for checkin. Do as everyone else does. Get in the checkin line and when you get to the checkin counter feign ignorance about the Cuban visa. You will be sent to another counter to purchase it. The checkin counter however will be 'frozen' until you return with the visa, checkin will then be finalised. It is a pain for those behind you however thems the rules it seems. Do not bother being courteous as you will waste time. join the checkin line and then bother about purchasing your visa when you get face to face with the airline representative.
I had about 4 hours between landing in Mexico City and my flight to Cuba and about the same going back. That was sufficient time for everything both ways.
Nov 27, 2012 6:25 PM
Nov 28, 2012 6:56 PM
10Seemed to be the way to do it with Interjet John. Also, from memory, Cubana operated much the same. Both very long and tedious checkins for me. Air Alaska check in from LAX to Mexico City, by contrast, took about 5 minutes. Best ever international checkin I have had. Best result was my very recent flight home. Due to a flight from LAX being delayed, and meaning I'd miss other connecting flights, I was put on another carrier for a direct flight and got the last seat on the plane. Bonus was that the seat was in Business class on an economy ticket. The scruffiest Kiwi ever perhaps flying Business class.
Edited by: Georgecom
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