Playa del Carmen is a small airfield just south of this top tourist destination on the Mayan Coast. It is mainly in use for sightseeing flights and flights to the nearby island of Cozumel. The airfield was badly hit by hurricane Wilma in late 2005, leaving many damaged aircraft scattered around the airfield.
The layout of the airfield is fairly simple: a single runway 11/29 with all aprons situated near the 29 threshold. Dense vegetation hinders views of the runway from the north and south.
Once in Playa del Carmen, the airfield is hard to miss. It is located just south of the village center, between road no.307 and the Caribbean Sea. The east end is just three blocks away from the Cozumel ferry terminal at the end of Avenida 15.
Around the Airport
1South side approach 11
When runway 11 is in use, Avenida 50, which runs parallel to road no.307, is the place to be. Good views can be obtained as the aircraft come in very low here. This spot is best until around 03.00pm.
2North side approach 11
In the early morning, spot 2 might be preferred over spot 1, because of the light conditions.
3South side approach 29 & eastern aprons
Avenida 15, which leads under the 29 approach, divides the airfield in two parts, with the smaller part containing some hangars and platforms only. The area here is fairly open, so you will not have any problems to graph aircraft on the platforms on both sides of the road, as well as on finals for runway 29. Another option may be the passenger terminal building here which offers good views of the aprons from the north, so expect backlight.
To make sure you read off all aircraft, head just follow the fence of the airfield when coming from spot 3. You are just one block away from spot 4, from where you can easily read and graph the aircraft parked on the northern aprons.
Platform view from spot 3 (Fabrice Sanchez)
Another view from spot 3 (Geoff Dryden).
|XA-TIT||Do28, ex-Aero Ferinco, fuselage near spot 3|
|XA-TAU||L-410UVP, Aero Ferinco, stored near spot 3|
|XA-TFG||L-410UVP, Aero Ferinco, stored near spot 3|
|Airliners.net||An aerial overview of Playa del Carmen airfield|
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